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May 20, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung (76) participates in organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Okung will start Sunday, Seahawks release QB Daniels

Russell Okung’s long-awaited return to the Seahawks offensive line will happen on Sunday when the Seahawks host the Minnesota Vikings.

Okung, a Pro Bowler, was activated on Saturday from the injured reserve-designated for return after missing the past eight games with “a partially torn plantar plate in his toe”, according to

In order to make room for Okung on the 53-man roster, the Seahawks released their third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels, who was claimed off waivers by Seattle on Oct. 2.

Okung’s return will bolster an offensive line that has been plagued with injuries this season. Three of the five starting lineman from opening day have missed games this season with injuries.

Okung is expected to start against Minnesota and so is Breno Giacomini and Max Unger, meaning the original five starting lineman will all be on the same field for the first time since Week 2.

According to Clare Farnsworth at, the Seahawks went 7-1 without Okung and 6-1 without Giacomini.

However, all three are healthy at the perfect time for the Seahawks. After Sunday’s game against the Vikings (2-7) the Seahawks will have a bye week in preparation for the New Orleans Saints (7-2) and San Francisco 49ers (6-3).

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