Former Detroit Lions first-round pick Jeff Okudah suffered an injury on Friday at Atlanta Falcons training camp. Per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Okudah suffered what appeared to be a lower leg injury during one-on-one drills and was carted off the field. At this point, it’s too early to tell how serious it is.
This offseason, the Lions traded Okudah to the Falcons for a fifth-round pick. Detroit used that fifth-round pick to trade up three spots in the second round to select defensive back Brian Branch.
In his three years with the Lions, Okudah struggled with inconsistent play and injuries. He dealt with a core issue that held him to just nine games his rookie season and a torn Achilles in the 2021 season opener cost him his entire sophomore year. After a turbulent third season with Detroit, the Lions eventually decided to move on from Okudah—replacing him with veterans Emmanuel Moseley and Cameron Sutton in free agency.
It’s a tough break and another rocky chapter in Okudah’s young career. Even though he no longer plays for the Lions, let’s hope for the best for the 24-year-old corner.
UPDATE: Falcons coach Arthur Smith called it an ankle injury for Okudah. He said he would give a more substantive update after Okudah undergoes an MRI.
Falcons HC Arthur Smith on CB Jeff Okudah: pic.twitter.com/N4hZ3XfZnd— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) August 4, 2023
UPDATE: Smith told the media on Saturday that the team got “very positive news” on Okudah’s MRI and they expect the young cornerback to return early in the regular season.