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Russell Okung likely out this week, status uncertain after toe injury - Sept. 16, 2013

 
Russell Okung likely out this week, status uncertain after toe injury - Sept. 16, 2013

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to throw a pass in end zone while being pursued by Cliff Avril #56 of the Seattle Seahawks during their game at CenturyLink Field on September 15, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday they are still evaluating the toe injury to T Russell Okung suffered in the first half of their 29-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night.

However, it appears highly unlikely Okung will be able to play this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Okung left the game on the final play of the first quarter. He had briefly been engaged with a 49ers defender when he fell to the turf favoring his left foot. He was carted inside the stadium and returned to the sidelines in uniform but did not return to the game.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reported Sunday night that Okung had suffered a turf toe injury and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported Monday Okung has a torn ligament in his toe.

Carroll wouldn't confirm the severity of his injury or if he did suffer a ligament tear. He said they are waiting for more information and there is a "spectrum" of options that could come into play.

If the injury is serious enough, Seattle could use their short-term injured reserve designation on Okung. It would keep Okung out for eight weeks before being eligible to return to the field. He would be eligible to return to practice after six weeks.

In addition, Carroll said FB Spencer Ware suffered a "significant sprain" of his ankle during the game. It happened early in the game but worsened on Ware's fourth down carry before the kneel downs ended the game.

Carroll said CB Brandon Browner is expected to return to practice Wednesday with the intent of him playing this week against the Jaguars. However, Browner had been expected to return to practice last Thursday and wasn't able to either. He's missed the first two games due to a hamstring strain.

DE Chris Clemons is getting closer to returning to the field as well. Carroll said he believes Clemons will be back within the next two weeks. He added that Clemons has a chance to play this week but needs to make it through the week of practice before making a decision. They still don't play to rush Clemons before he is ready.

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