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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cowboys Injury Update: Amobi Okoye expected to practice Thursday

By on 10/22/2014 02:08:00 PM

The Dallas Cowboys' defensive tackle, Amobi Okoye, is expected to practice Thursday. His attorney, Darin Morgan, told ESPN's Adam Caplan that this will be the first time Okoye has practiced with the team, as reported by Todd Archer of

Okoye's official status stated that he was placed on the reserve / non-football injury list. The defensive tackle is coming back from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, which is a brain condition that causes memory issues and seizures. This condition had Okoye in a coma for three months last year.

Okoye had been cleared to engage in contact at the end of training camp. The Cowboys wanted to play things safe and allow Okoye more rehabilitation time. The Cowboys are allowed to activate Okoye. There will be a three-week period he will not count against the 53-man roster.
When the three week period is over, the Cowboys will have three options to choose from. They can activate him, keep him on the injured list for the season, or release him.

Okoye has no doubts that he will be able to play again. He is in better shape due to extensive strength and conditioning workouts. He signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys back in May.

If Okoye is able to return, he will be part of a defensive line rotation. The defensive line has had its share of injuries. The good news is that players are returning to the line from their injuries. Anthony Spencer (Knee) has returned and DeMarcus Lawrence (Foot) will return soon. The Cowboys have put together a great year so far at 6-1, and the defense is a big part of the teams success.

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