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Russell Okung injury: Seahawks OT returns to practice

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Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung returned to practice on Saturday after being placed on the IR list designated for return, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com

The former Oklahoma State star suffered a torn plantar plate in mid September and has missed all but the first two games of 2013 for Seattle. He now has a three-week window in which to return per the NFL transaction notice, making his likely return date Nov. 17 when the ‘Hawks take on the Minnesota Vikings at Century Link Field. 

Okung was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 and a key component of the running game and pass protection. The Seahawks are 7-1 and lead the NFC West, but as the race tightens in November and December, he’ll be a major part of their push to win the Super Bowl.

Running back Marshawn Lynch hasn’t been as productive as usual this season and is averaging 75 yards per game on the ground, though he’s averaging a career-high 22.6 yards per game as a receiver. 

The Seahawks are set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at the Link. 

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