Okafor (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Okafor is nursing a light hyperextension in his knee, putting his status for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Eagles up in the air. The 27-year-old's limited participation in practice is a positive sign, and Okafor appears to be trending toward drawing his usual start in New Orleans' defensive line.
Okafor is dealing with a hyperextension, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The specifics of the injury haven't been released, but Okafor reassured reporters Wednesday that the issue is nothing serious. By all accounts, Okafor is on track to resume practicing next week. He'll benefit from the Saints' first-round playoff bye.
Okafor recorded three tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sacks across 38 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Bengals. Through nine games, Okafor has 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Those numbers are down from last season but it should be noted that the veteran is now competing with rookie Marcus Davenport (toe) for reps. Davenport (toe) will likely remain out for a few more weeks, which will lead to increased action for Okafor.
Okafor (knee) returned to practicing in pads Wednesday, Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate reports. Okafor's appearance in pads hints that he'll be ready for the season opener. Okafor figures to split time with rookie Marcus Davenport at the right defensive end spot.
Okafor (leg) suffered a bone bruise and a sprained knee during practice Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. While the prognosis isn't necessarily great, it's much better than initially feared. The team has yet to release an estimated timetable for return, but Okafor is expected to serve as a key contributor on the Saints' defensive line when healthy.