The Saints signed Okafor this offseason after he spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. The 26-year-old has showed flashes of dynamic ability when healthy. He had eight sacks in 2014 but managed just 13 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2016. The Saints have struggled for years to find a serviceable starter at defensive end opposite Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan, but the team seems content allowing the unproven Okafor to compete for a starting gig with third-year pro Hau'oli Kikaha, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, and third-round draft pick Trey Hendrickson.
Okafor spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. He recorded 13 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2016, and should provide needed help for the Saints at defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan. It is still possible that New Orleans will draft a defensive end with one of its two first-round picks in this year's draft, so it remains to be seen what Okafor's exact role will be this coming season.
Okafor (calf) is questionable to play Sunday against the 49ers.
Okafor was limited in practice this week by a strained calf. If he's ultimately unavailable, starter Chandler Jones may rarely leave the field.
This announcement is more of a formality as it was expected earlier in the week that Okafor would miss at least one game with his calf injury. His next chance to play will be after Arizona's bye week, against San Francisco in Week 10.
|P2||8/20/17||@ LAC||8:00 pm|
|1||9/11/17||@ MIN||7:10 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ MIA||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|14||12/7/17||@ ATL||8:25 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|