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Top Jeff Okudah News

  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Lands on IR

    The Lions placed Okudah (Achilles) on injured reserve Monday.

    As expected, Okudah lands on IR after rupturing his Achilles in the second half of the season opener. Rookie third-round pick Ifeatu Melifonwu will likely step into the starting role while the 2020 first-round pick spends the rest of the season and upcoming offseason recovering from surgery.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Suffers ruptured Achilles

    Okudah will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed that he suffered a ruptured Achilles in Sunday's loss to the 49ers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Okudah sustained a non-contact injury in the second half of Sunday's contest, and he'll face a lengthy recovery process after his tests revealed a season-ending injury. The 2020 first-rounder had impressed in camp ahead of the 2021 campaign. Rookie Ifeatu Melifonwu likely will step into a starting role with Okudah sidelined.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Achilles injury feared

    Okudah (lower leg) could be dealing with a significant injury, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. "We know obviously it's somewhere around the ankle, could be Achilles," head coach Dan Campbell said after Sunday's loss to San Francisco.

    Okudah suffered a non-contact injury to his lower left leg Sunday. While he was able to walk off the field with some assistance from teammates, Okudah was then carted up the tunnel and into the locker room. If the 2020 first-round pick is forced to miss any time, the Lions likely will turn to 2021 third-round pick Ifeatu Melifonwu to handle the starting role at cornerback opposite Amani Oruwariye.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Ruled out Sunday

    Okudah (foot) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the 49ers, according to Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com.

    Okudah got injured in the second half, and it seems the problem is bigger than initially thought, as he'll miss the remainder of the contest. Ifeatu Melifonwu might be in line for a bigger role while Okudah is sidelined, and the latter's status for Week 2 will probably be determined throughout next week.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Rested for preseason finale

    Okudah did not play in Detroit's preseason finale against the Colts.

    Aside from getting burned by Diontae Johnson in the second exhibition tilt, Okudah has looked like a strong bounce-back candidate throughout the summer, and the 2020 first-round pick was rested for the preseason finale along with a number of other prominent Lions players. Okudah should be ready to go when Detroit opens the regular season Sept. 12 against San Francisco.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Healthy ahead of training camp

    Okudah (groin) has been given a clean bill of health, putting him on track to fully participate in training camp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Okudah has already full recovered from December groin/core-muscle surgery. The No. 3 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Okudah was limited to just nine games in his rookie season due to a number of injuries, and he even missed a portion of last year's training camp. As Okudah works to learn defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn's new system and take a step forward Year 2, participating in training camp at full health could benefit the 22-year-old significantly.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Nearing full recovery

    Okudah (groin) said earlier this month that he's nearing a full recovery from surgery and no longer feels pain in his leg, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "It just feels like I have a different level that I wasn't able to kind of tap into last year," Okudah said. "But I feel like this year just kind of moving around now and not having that pain in my groin anymore, it just feels like a different level."

    The No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft allegedly spent his rookie season playing through a groin injury he suffered during his final season at Ohio State, in addition to a hamstring injury that cost him both the final days of training camp and the 2020 regular-season opener. After struggling to perform effectively much of the year, Okudah was eventually shut down in December, and he underwent groin surgery shortly thereafter. While he'll have to learn a new system under new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn in advance of the 2021 campaign, the cornerback at least appears as if he'll be entering training camp fully healthy this time around.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Successful surgery

    Okudah (groin) recently underwent surgery and is already moving around well, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Okudah underwent season-ending surgery shortly after suffering a groin injury Week 11, and the rookie cornerback appears to be recovering well. Given the timing of his procedure, Okudah is expected to be a full participant in the Lions' offseason training program. The 21-year-old posted 47 tackles and one interception through 11 games in 2020.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Undergoes season-ending surgery

    Okudah (groin) announced via his personal Twitter that he recently underwent successful core muscle surgery.

    The rookie was placed on injured reserve Monday with a groin injury and has now undergone his season-ending surgery. Okudah finishes his first NFL season with 47 tackles and an interception and will now begin his rehab process.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Lands on IR

    Okudah (groin) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Okudah will undergo season-ending surgery at some point this week and won't return this season. He should be back to 100 percent for the 2021 campaign, as he looks to build off an uninspiring rookie year. Through nine games this year, Okudah posted 47 tackles (41 solo), two pass breakups and an interception, and he let up 594 yards (11.2 yards per target) and two touchdowns in coverage.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Done for season

    Okudah will undergo season-ending groin surgery next week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Okudah missed last week's game against the Bears with shoulder and groin injuries, and he'll now be shut down for the season. The 2020 third-overall pick is expected to be 100 percent for the 2021 season. Okudah will finish his rookie season with 47 tackles (41 solo), two pass breakups and an interception over nine games. He struggled a bit in coverage, however, allowing 594 yards (11.2 yards per target) and two touchdowns this year. Expect him to be placed on injured reserve in the near future.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Unavailable against Green Bay

    Okudah (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Packers.

    Okudah will miss a third straight game. He didn't practice all week, either, so it's tough to get a grasp on his status for next week's clash against Tennessee. The rookie has struggled at times this season, so it won't be a major loss for the Lions' secondary. Darryl Roberts should see the largest increase in usage as a result.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Still unable to practice

    Okudah (groin) did not participate during Thursday's practice session, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    The rookie No. 3 overall draft choice has been unavailable for eight consecutive practice sessions, having initially sustained his groin injury Nov. 22 against Carolina. If Okudah is in fact forced into a third straight game absence, it would present an especially daunting challenge for the Lions' secondary given a Week 14 matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Won't play Week 13

    Okudah (shoulder/groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears.

    Okudah was unable to practice at all this week and has tacked on a groin injury in addition to the shoulder problem that has been bothering him since Week 11. Mike Ford should start in Okudah's spot opposite Justin Coleman, and Amani Oruwariye is the only other healthy cornerback left on Detroit's roster.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 202 lbs
Birthplace: Grand Prairie, TX
Age: 22
Class: Sophomore