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Young tackle plays key role for Seahawks

John Boyle Everett Herald

RENTON – The thinking after the Seattle Seahawks’ Sunday’s win in Chicago is that Russell Okung must have played pretty well in his second NFL game.

Watching a football game live, it’s almost impossible to thoroughly evaluate line play, but based of the lack of production of Chicago’s defensive line the immediate conclusion was that Okung must have held his own against five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers.

“Must have been a great job by Russell Okung,” coach Pete Carroll said Sunday.

After reviewing the film, he felt similarly: “He did really well. … Got tossed around a little bit early, then he settled in and played very consistent in pass protection, did a nice job against the run. … He came through in a big way.”

Considering that Okung, the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft, came into Sunday’s game with just two quarters of regular-season experience under his belt, playing well against anyone would have been a noteworthy accomplishment. But standing up to Peppers? That should certainly serve as a confidence booster for the young tackle.

“He should be feeling like he’s been against the best guy in the league and he can handle himself,” Carroll said. “I don’t think Russell ever doubted that, but you never really know until you do it. … That’s a good accomplishment for a young kid.”

Injury update

Carroll said cornerback Kelly Jennings and defensive end/linebacker Dexter Davis (both hamstrings) were sore Monday and are questionable for this week. … Punter Jon Ryan the victim of a brutal block on Devin Hester’s punt return touchdown, had X-rays on his ribs and no fractures were found.

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