Okafor suffered a torn biceps tendon during a mid-August practice session, but has since opted to avoid surgery and plans to play through the injury. His full participation Wednesday supports this intention and all but confirms his availability for Arizona's Week 1 duel against New England.
Okafor has opted to avoid surgery and play with a torn biceps, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Okafor sustained the injury in Tuesday's practice, the second such torn biceps in his three-year career. In 2013, surgery was ordered up for the then rookie, but examinations may have revealed that the tear was less severe than three seasons ago. The pass rusher has totaled 10 sacks the past two campaigns, while logging 66 and 58.5 percent of the defensive snaps, but the addition of Chandler Jones along with the injury could very well result in a scaled-back role.
This explains why he didn't practice Wednesday or play in Friday's preseason game. Okafor is currently weighing whether or not to have surgery or try to play through the injury. That decision should be forthcoming in the coming days.
Alex Okafor (calf) is listed as active Sunday at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Okafor's recovery from a strained right calf has encompassed three games and the Cardinals' bye week, but he'll again provide a boost to the front seven. In his career, he's displayed modest pass-rushing chops, notching 10 sacks in 19 career games.
Alex Okafor (calf) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Seattle, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Okafor is on track to suit up for the first time since Week 5, and while he won't be mistaken for a top outside pass-rusher, he's probably the closest thing the Cardinals have. He had eight sacks in 13 games last season, but he only has two sacks in five appearances this year.
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