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Top Julian Okwara News

  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Solid preseason outing

    Okwara logged two tackles and one quarterback hit during Saturday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh.

    After missing practice early on in training camp, Okwara topped his rookie year stat line during his preseason debut against the Bills. While handling another significant amount of reps against the Steelers, Okwara again displayed an ability to rush the passer. Although the Notre Dame product is cemented under Trey Flowers and Romeo Okwara in the outside linebacker rotation, Julian Okwara seems ready to be a key contributor for the Detroit defense this year.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Sidelined Wednesday

    Okwara exited Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Okwara reportedly spent several minutes stretching his side before ultimately finishing practice on the sidelines without pads on. It's not clear if his availability for next week's preseason opener is in danger.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Activated off IR

    Okwara was activated from injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

    Okwara has not taken the field since Week 6, as he has been nursing an undisclosed injury. Primarily a reserve and special teams contributor, the defensive end should not be expected to see a ton of action Sunday against the Buccaneers.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Designated for return

    The Lions designated Okwara (undisclosed) for return from injured reserve Wednesday.

    Detroit will now have 21 days to evaluate Okwara at practice without his counting against the active roster. The rookie third-round pick played a depth role in four appearances earlier this season.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Placed on IR

    Okwara (undisclosed) was placed on IR on Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    The nature of Okwara's injury remains unclear, but he won't be eligible to suit up again until Nov. 15 against Washington at the earliest.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Won't play versus Packers

    Okwara (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Packers.

    The rookie third-rounder suited up in Week 1 against the Bears, logging 18 total snaps but failing to record a tackle. He's a healthy scratch Sunday and he'll look to get back into the lineup in Week 3 against the Cardinals.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Joins brother in Detroit

    The Lions selected Okwara in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 67th overall.

    Julian's brother Romeo was already on the Lions, but the younger Okwara is the better prospect of the two. At 6-foot-4, 252 pounds out of Notre Dame, Okwara is likely a plus athlete as an edge rusher and possesses standout reach thanks to 34 and 3/8-inch arms. On a defense short on edge disruptors, Okwara could play an important role right away for the Lions.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 245 lbs
Birthplace: London, England
Age: 23
Class: Sophomore