Seattle Seahawks franchise left tackle Russell Okung missed eight games last season before coming back in the nick of time to lock down Russell Wilson’s blindside during the tail end of the regular season and the postseason. Okung got better as the year went on after a mediocre start to the season, and the talented tackle put on some top-notch performances in his final six games of the 2013-14 season and postseason. Robert Quinn gave him fits, but he was his usual, assured self in pass protection for the majority of his snaps.
Okung missed those eight games from Weeks 3-10 with a torn plantar plate, and surgery was always a possibility for him this offseason. According to the Everett Herald’s John Boyle, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who first raised the possibility early in the offseason of Okung undergoing surgery, stated that Okung did indeed undergo surgery on his foot, which is almost certainly related to that eight-week toe injury.
Carroll added that the 26-year-old Oklahoma State product should be back in time for training camp, and it would be a surprise for him to miss anymore time with the injury. Okung is clearly a very good tackle in this league, but the former first-round pick is also very prone to injuries. Hopefully he can stay healthy next season, but he’s also never played a full 16 games in a season ever since coming into the league in 2010.