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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Added to reserve/PUP list

    The Lions placed Okwara (Achilles) on the reserve/PUP list Tuesday. After tearing his Achilles last October and failing to practice thus far in 2022, the big defensive end is now ineligible to play in the team's first four games. However, Okwara's return to the playing field wasn't expected to come until the middle of the regular season anyway, opening the door for players like Eric Banks and John Cominsky to earn more preseason reps.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Not ready for camp

    Okwara (Achilles) was placed on the active/PUP list Sunday. Okwara suffered a torn Achilles in Week 4 against the Bears last year and isn't expected back until midseason. His absence should open up extra opportunity for Charles Harris and Joshua Paschal (lower body) when the season kick offs.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Could return for training camp

    Okwara (Achilles) is expected to miss most of the Lions' offseason training program, but he could be ready by the start of training camp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Detroit's 2020 sack leader ruptured his Achilles on Oct. 3 and underwent surgery shortly thereafter. Okwara has progressed to the point where he "soon" will be running on an underwater treadmill, and he could be available when players put on pads during training camp. The veteran's healthy return in 2022 could go a long way for a Lions pass rush that finished 27th in sack rate this past season.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Diagnosed with torn Achilles

    Okwara will miss the remainder of the season after he was diagnosed with a torn Achilles on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The 26-year-old totaled six tackles (three solo) and one sack across the first four games of the season, but he'll now shift his focus toward his lengthy recovery process. Charles Harris and Austin Bryant will likely assume larger roles with Okwara unavailable.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Potential season-ending injury

    Dan Campbell said Okwara has a potential Achilles injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Okwara suffered what was initially diagnosed as an ankle injury during the first half of Sunday's contest. However, it may be more serious than initially thought. If it is indeed an Achilles injury, he would be the second Lion -- Jeff Okudah is also out -- to sustain a season-ending Achilles injury this season. Charles Harris replaced the 26-year-old linebacker during Week 4 and will likely assume a bigger role if Okwara has to miss an extended period.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Ruled out for remainder of game

    Okwara (anke) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's contest against the Bears. The Lions were already without Trey Flowers (shoulder) for the game, and they take another hit to their defensive line with Okwara being ruled out. Charles Harris will likely see an increased role for the remainder of the contest.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Switching positions

    Okwara is preparing to play outside linebacker, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Accounting for 10 of the Lions' 24 sacks in 2020, Okwara was one of the lone Lions players to be statistically productive in Matt Patricia's ineffective defensive scheme. However, since Detroit's team total ranked 26th in the league, new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn is shaking things up. While Okwara will continue to rush the passer in a traditional defensive end role on passing downs, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, Okwara will have added responsibilities in pass coverage in Detroit's base defense. This could mean less pass-rushing snaps for him overall, but an improved defensive scheme could help the 25-year-old make up for it.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Re-ups with Detroit

    Okwara is signing a three-year, $39 million contract to stay with the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Lions have the unique advantage of offering Okwara the opportunity to stay with his brother, 23-year-old defensive end Julian. The elder Okwara has only 20 career sacks, but half of those sacks came last season when he finished as PFF's 39th-ranked edge defender (out of 109 qualified players). He'll turn 26 in June, with he and Trey Flowers projecting as the team's top defensive ends. It isn't clear if new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn will run a 3-4 or 4-3 base, but any setup should entail plenty of pass-rush snaps for Okwara and Flowers.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Headed for free agency

    The Lions chose not to use their franchise tag on Okwara ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Okwara is coming off the first double-digit sack season of his career. In addition to logging 10 sacks in 2020, he recorded 44 tackles (32 solo), one pass breakup, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery across 16 appearances. Given the abundance of teams in need of pass-rushing help heading into 2021, Okwara looks primed to earn a sizable contract on the open market.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Double-digit sacks in 2020

    Okwara recorded 44 tackles, 10 sacks, one pass breakup and three forced fumbles in 2020. After logging a lowly 1.5 sacks in 2019, Okwara provided plenty of reason to believe his breakout 2018 campaign (7.5 sacks) was no fluke. The Notre Dame product was one of 10 players to notch double-digit sacks in 2020 and he accomplished the feat with very little help around him as the Lions finished near last in the league in most defensive categories, including yards allowed (32nd) and points allowed (32nd). Now an unrestricted free agent, the 25-year-old pass-rusher seems poised for a nice payday this offseason.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Notches ninth sack

    Okwara recorded two solo tackles, including a sack, and a forced fumble in Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers. Okwara leads the Lions with nine sacks, and he's tied for 11th in the league in the category. The 25-year-old defensive end could hit double digits in the season finale against the Vikings. Kirk Cousins has been sacked on 7.0 percent of dropbacks this year.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Lifted from NFI list

    The Lions activated Okwara (undisclosed) from the reserve/non-football injury list Friday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. It's unclear what was holding Okwara back, but he's back to full health heading into his fifth NFL season. The 25-year-old Okwara is in a contract year and should have ample opportunity to prove his worth after serving as a starter last year, but he'll face competition from his brother Julian, who the Lions drafted in the third round in April.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Two tackles in win

    Okwara notched two assisted tackles during Sunday's 13-10 win over the Chargers. Okwara was held without a tackle Week 1, but he wasn't kept off the stat sheet for long. The 24-year-old's lack of consistent weekly tackles makes him a sack-dependent option in IDP formats, and Okwara faces a touch matchup against Philadelphia's stout offensive line Week 3.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Inks new extension

    Okwara signed a two-year contract extension with the Lions on Friday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. The 23-year-old was outstanding for the Lions last season, racking up 39 tackles (28 solo), seven sacks and one forced fumble in 15 games. Per NFL Network, Okwara's deal will average more than $3.095 million and has incentives built in. The Notre Dame product will likely be a focal point in the defense, as Detroit figures out what it wants to do with fellow defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Continuing breakout season

    Okwara recorded three tackles and one sack during Sunday's victory over Arizona. Okwara continues to impress and is now up to 6.5 sacks on the season. His emergence has been great news for a Lions team that is now without injury-prone defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder). However, Okwara has recorded more than four tackles in just two of 13 games this season and is hard to trust as an IDP asset.
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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Tallies half-sack

    Okwara had four tackles (two solo) and a half-sack in Thursday's loss to the Bears. Okwara was a late addition for the Lions at the beginning of the season, but he now has 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble through 10 games. The 23-year-old led Lions defensive ends with a 66.0 percent snap share Thursday and should continue to be a heavy presence in the defensive-line rotation.
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  • Romeo Okwara: Waived by Giants

    Okwara was waived by the Giants on Tuesday, Michael Eisen of Giants.com reports. Okwara was waived in order to make room for former Bears defensive tackle John Jenkins on the roster. Okwara, an undrafted rookie free agent from 2016, missed the majority of last season due to a knee injury. However, he does boast starting experience and could find a new home elsewhere in the league in the near future.
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  • Giants' Romeo Okwara: Activated from IR

    The Giants activated Okwara from injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Eisen of the Giants' official site reports. Okwara is thus in line to play in the Giants' final two games of the season after the team designated the defensive end as one of two players eligible to return from IR. The 22-year-old, who was shut down in mid-October after suffering a knee sprain during practice, had collected three tackles in five games. He'll likely work in a rotational role at defensive end behind starters Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul.
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  • Giants' Romeo Okwara: Sprains knee

    Okwara sprained his knee in practice Thursday and won't suit up Sunday against the Broncos, Tom Rock of Newsday reports. Okwara was used sparingly on defense, but with Olivier Vernon (ankle) sitting out Sunday as well, this would've been a prime opportunity for Okwara to earn more snaps. In his absence, expect Avery Moss to receive a bulk of the snaps, with Kerry Wynn snagging some as well.
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