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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

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 4 0 0 0 0.0

Top Jeff Okudah News

  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: On track for summer return

    Head coach Dan Campbell recently said that Okudah (Achilles) is on track for a summer return, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    It's not clear whether that means Okudah will be ready for minicamp in June or training camp in August. However, on Thursday the 23-year-old posted a video of himself sprinting in a straight line, per SB Nation, so it seems that he could be returning sooner than later.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Resumes running

    Okudah (Achilles) appears to have resumed running per a video he posted on Instagram Stories.

    Five months removed from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles, Okudah is seen running through a series of small agility hurdles. While it remains to be seen how involved he will be once OTAs kick off in late May, Okudah at least seems to be on the right track for training camp.

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  • 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

    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 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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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 202 lbs
Birthplace: Grand Prairie, TX
Age: 23
School: Ohio State
Experience: 3