Oruwariye was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. The designation means Oruwariye either tested positive for COVID-19 or was in contact with someone who tested positive. The depth cornerback played only nine games in his rookie season, but he did record two interceptions throughout the final seven weeks of the 2019 regular season.
Oruwariye recorded 19 tackles, three pass breakups and two interceptions over nine games in 2019. Drafted in the fifth round out of Penn State, Oruwariye didn't see a single snap on defense until Week 11. However, when forced into an expanded role Week 12, the rookie didn't waste much time in recording his first career interception off Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins. While Rashaan Melvin's eventual return to health pushed Oruwariye back into a bit role for the last few weeks of the season, Oruwariye at least put a bow on his rookie season by picking off quarterback Aaron Rodgers on an errant deep pass in Week 17. With Melvin set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Oruwariye seems set up to compete for a starting job in 2020, and that could be an IDP-friendly role if opposing offenses continue to throw away from stud cornerback Darius Slay. After all, Melvin finished top five among cornerbacks in tackles this year despite missing three games.
Oruwariye (knee) practiced at full speed Wednesday. Oruwariye missed the last four games with this knee injury, but it appears he'll be ready to go Sunday against the Bears. The Lions' cornerback corps features plenty of experience, so the rookie fifth-round pick will stay in a special-teams role for now.
Oruwariye (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Oruwariye will sit out his fourth straight game and the seventh of the season, as he's been plagued by this knee injury. Once he's healthy, he could remain scratched from the lineup, and he tops out as a special-teams asset.
Oruwariye (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Raiders. Oruwariye was limited at practice all week and is looking like a true game-time decision. The rookie is primarily a special teams contributor and depth corner, so his potential absence does not figure to have a significant impact on the Lions' defense. Final word on Oruwariye's status will come closer to kickoff.
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