November 14, 2014

IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas defensive tackle Amobi Okoye will have to wait until 2015 to return from a brain condition that has kept him out of football for two seasons.

The former top 10 pick was cleared to practice in August after spending a year recovering from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, which causes brain swelling.

The Cowboys had until Thursday to activate Okoye off the non-football injury list. Since Dallas didn't release Okoye, he could make the roster next year. He signed a two-year contract.

Houston took Okoye with the 10th overall pick in 2007 when he was 19, making him the youngest NFL draft choice since 1967. He spent four years with the Texans and two with Chicago, where he last played in 2012.

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