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Seahawks' Collier out weeks with 'rare sprain'

Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks expect to be without defensive end L.J. Collier for a matter of weeks after the first-round pick suffered an "unusual" and "badly sprained ankle" on Tuesday.

Collier went down in obvious pain during Tuesday's practice while blocking on a passing play.

Speaking with reporters for the first time since Collier was hurt, Carroll said Thursday "it's going to be a little bit" before he returns. The coach didn't specify any timetable beyond that, but the impression he left was that Collier could be out for the preseason if not beyond.