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NFL: Seahawks' Russell Okung is healthy for playoffs

The former Oklahoma State offensive tackle missed eight games this season with a big toe injury. He's ready to go for Saturday's NFC playoff game against New Orleans in Seattle.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: January 10, 2014
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When NFL training camps opened, the Seattle Seahawks were one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Six months later, the Seahawks are in prime position.

Starting with a division game Saturday afternoon against New Orleans, the Seahawks can reach the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history by posting wins the next two weeks at CenturyLink Field, one of the top home-field advantages in all of sports.

“A lot of things in the regular season aren't really remembered,” Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung told The Oklahoman in a telephone interview. “We're trying to cement our legacy. We have a big step this week against a really good New Orleans team. We're looking forward to taking that first step.”

Okung is a former Oklahoma State standout who was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 draft. He is part of a talented offensive line that complements one of the NFL's elite defenses.

Running back Marshawn Lynch finished sixth in the league in rushing. Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson threw 26 touchdown passes. That's less than half as many as Denver's Peyton Manning (55), but Wilson finished sixth in the league in quarterback rating.

Weather forecasts in Seattle call for a 70 percent of rain with winds gusting between 20 and 25 mph. Establishing a ground game could be essential.

“The game always comes down to the trenches. That's where it begins and that's where it's going to end,” Okung said. “We're looking forward to the challenge.”

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