NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 8-9-0
2-4-0 6-11-0
2-4-0 3-13-1

2021 Defensive

STATS CMB
Total Tackles
SCK
Sacks
FUM
Forced Fumbles
INT
Interceptions
TD
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 27 5.0 1 1 0

Top Julian Okwara News

  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Full participant Wednesday

    Okwara (ankle) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

    Okwara has missed three straight games due to the ankle injury, but after a full practice to start the week, it appears he will return for Sunday's contest against the Seahawks. Before his absence, the 2020 third-round pick had played at least 27 snaps and recorded multiple tackles in seven straight games. Okwara will likely have a similar workload against Seattle.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Out Sunday

    Okwara (ankle) is inactive for Sunday against the Falcons.

    Okwara will miss a third straight game for the Lions, after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday. In his absence, Jessie Lemonier will likely continue to see extra opportunity.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Could return Sunday

    Okwara (ankle) is listed as questionable to play against Atlanta on Sunday.

    The linebacker has missed each of the Lions' past two contests with the ankle injury, but he was able to log limited practice sessions Thursday and Friday. If Okwara is unable to suit up against the Falcons, Jessie Lemonier again would be in line to see increased snaps.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Out again Week 15

    Okwara (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

    Okwara will be sidelined for the second straight game due to the ankle injury. Jessie Lemonier should continue to see increased reps in his absence for Detroit.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Won't play Sunday

    Okwara (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Broncos, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Okwara has seen his role steadily rise throughout the season, but now he'll have to watch from the sidelines Sunday. With Trey Flowers (knee) hitting IR this week and Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder) also out Sunday, the Lions' linebacker unit is getting thin. Jessie Lemonier will likely see a healthy boost in snaps in place of Okwara.

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  • 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: 24
School: Notre Dame
Experience: 2