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Broncos OT Okung taken to hospital with concussion-like symptoms

02 October 2016: Denver Broncos offensive tackle Russell Okung (73) blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) during the NFL regular season game between the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire

The Denver Broncos lost a rough one Thursday against division rival San Diego, but then after the game, the Broncos also lost offensive lineman Russell Okung.

Denver’s public relations department announced the team sent Okung to the hospital  for further evaluation after experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

Okung was taken out of the locker room on a cart, loaded him onto a stretcher and into an ambulance. He also had an IV in him according to Broncos beat writer Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

Okung began his career with the Seattle Seahawks after they selected him sixth overall in the 2010 NFL draft. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2012 and then was the top offensive lineman on the Seahawks Super Bowl winning team in 2013.

Injuries, however, slowed him down in his final years with the Seahawks. He missed 13 games his last three seasons in Seattle.

This past March, Okung signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Broncos, but the deal also includes an additional four-year, $48 million option.

Denver suffered its second straight loss Thursday against San Diego, but the Broncos and Okung will have 10 days or rest before taking on former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football on Oct. 24.

If Okung, who didn’t miss a snap Thursday, is not able to play Ty Sambrailo becomes the likely choice to start at left tackle. Sambrailo, who is a former second round pick from the 2015 NFL draft, started three games during his rookie season and last year.

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