Rookie Julian Okwara Placed on Injured Reserve

John Maakaron

The Detroit Lions announced on Wednesday morning a series of roster moves ahead of their Week 7 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Most notably, rookie Julian Okwara was placed on injured reserve.  

Lions head coach Matt Patricia did not reveal if Okwara's injury was season-ending when asked about it during his pre-practice media session.

“I don’t think we’ll put a timetable on Julian’s situation. We’ll just kind of take it as it comes. I would say it’s just day-by-day at the moment, week-by-week. But, it’ll be a couple weeks here. But, we’ll see what it looks like," Patricia explained.

At this point, it means the rookie defensive end will miss at least the next three weeks of the season.

Detroit Lions rookie defensive end Julian Okwara© Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

Also, defensive end Austin Bryant will return to practice for Detroit on Wednesday.

Bryant has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of the season.

The second-year defensive end was drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

His debut did not occur until the second half of his rookie season, as he rehabbed a torn pectoral muscle.

After his IR stint during his rookie campaign, Bryant saw his first NFL action in Week 12 against the Washington Football Team.

He then was inactive for the following two weeks, before playing in the final three weeks of the season.

In total, he only tallied 133 defensive snaps.

Other roster moves announced:

  • Signed cornerback Chris Jones
  • Signed tackle Dan Skipper and tight end Matt Sokol to practice squad
  • Released punter Arryn Siposs from practice squad

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Da Ti
Da Ti

As I said on draft day, Okwara overrated like most ND players and clearly not ready for NFL games. Lions need to hide him and get someone on the field who can play the position. Bryant probably a washout, will be given this chance to show something but probably gone soon. Good to see the Skipper back on practice squad. Always liked his work on Gilligan's Island.

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John Maakaron
John Maakaron


Imagine if Trey Flowers can't go Sunday! Where is the pass rush coming from


The funny thing is Trey isn't a high caliber pass rusher to begin with.


I had high hopes for Okwara but I suspect he'll be another Austin "I'm always injured" Bryant


Smh! Lions draft a player from college with injury history and he is already injured. Lions also get snake bit with this injury bug