Detroit Lions outside linebacker Romeo Okwara has suffered a season-ending injury. In Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, the combo linebacker/defensive end tore his Achilles tendon, which will effectively sideline him into the 2022 season.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the news via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
#Lions standout pass-rusher Romeo Okwara did, in fact, suffer a torn Achilles, source said. He is out for the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2021
Okwara was an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame in 2016. He was first signed with the New York Giants, making his debut in December of that same year, taking the place of Jason Pierre-Paul. Injury issues robbed him of most of his 2017 season with New York, which ended with him being waived.
Since signing with the Lions in 2018 (then signing a two-year extension in 2019), Okwara has been a reliable pass rusher. His career stats include four forced fumbles, 20 sacks and 145 total tackles. He is the latest in a string of season-ending injuries on the Lions defense, including Jeff Okudah, a second overall draft selection.
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