Lions top draft pick Jeff Okudah reportedly did not expect to play against the Bears


Allen Park – There were many questions about how much Jeff Okud would play in the Detroit Lions’ season opener. Looks like he won’t play at all.

Detroit’s top draft choice is not expected to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, According to NFL Network. The report did not specifically state whether this was due to performance or injury issues. Most likely, it is some combination of the two.

Okudah beat his hamstring this week and was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday. He was listed as a suspect for the game, a bad break for a boy who struggled to crack in the lineup when he was fully healthy.

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Okudah’s hopes of coming to camp were high, as they were for any third overall pick, but he stayed the most days behind Desmond Truffant and Amani Oruveri. The tools that make him such a prized prospect are obvious, but Cornerback is a difficult position to learn as a cheater – many players will call you the toughest outside quarterback – and Okudah also had little time to learn it. . Short offseason, no preseason game and no combined practice.

Troughfant and Oruveri are expected to start at the cornerback, with Justin Coleman maintaining the slot. Perhaps this was going to be true, even though Okud was perfectly healthy, and apparently the injury did not help his case of seeing the field, so the scratches are not really surprising.

“Steady progress,” defensive coordinator Corey Underin said last week. “No OTA, I mean, he’s a badass and he missed a doubles practice early in camp, he’s actually been on the grass seven times. So for me, I have to keep myself in the perspective of where it’s going to be.” Should. Without OTA – – and I know you can meet on the zoom and we’ve spent all the time in the spring on the zoom call – it’s not the same. When it starts, it’s live and people are here – There are running around, there is an adjustment that does not take place. Mention running with the crimes that we have.

“But at the end of the day, after seven practices for him – maybe it’s eight, I can’t really remember – he’s on a steady incline, which is all we can ask for. We can all ask any of our players Huh. “

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Detroit has already ruled out tackling Halalapolivati ​​Vaitai (leg), tight end Hunter Bryant (hamstring) and special teams CJ Moore (hamstring), while receiver Danny Amendola (hammering), defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (waist), Age Julian. Okwara (knee) and cornerback Daryl Roberts (waist) are all suspects.

That means Detroit is without its top free-agent signature and top draft pick, and is probably going to be without its best receiver as well. Tough way to open the year against one of the league’s best strongholds.