Romeo Okwara returns to Detroit Lions NFL practice

Romeo Okwara returns to Detroit Lions NFL practice

Detroit Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara has returned to the practice field.

He suited up for the Lions during Wednesday’s practice, leading up to a Week 11 showdown with the New York Giants. Both Okwara, and wide receiver Dj Chark had their practice windows open while they were both on injured reserve.

Six players weren’t seen on Wednesday’s practice. They included running back Jamaal Williams, wide receivers Josh Reynolds, Trinity Benson, Taylor Decker, Frank Ragnow, and Josh Paschal, as well as offensive linemen Taylor Decker, Ragnow, and defensive end Josh Paschal.

Okwara is on the Physically Impaired to Perform List since the beginning of the season. He is currently recovering from a torn Achilles sustained in Week 4 of the 2021season.

The Lions have opened his 21-day return-to-play clock, which means the team will have from now until the Wednesday leading up to the team’s Week 14 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings to activate him.

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With Okwara out, the Lions have leaned heavily on their youth at his position. Rookies Josh Paschal and Aidan Hutchinson have started together in each of the four games. Hutchinson has been the starter for the entire season.

Additionally, Romeo’s brother, Julian Okwara, and four-year vet John Cominsky have played valuable roles when healthy.

“Yeah, that’s the plan,” Campbell told reporters back in October. He is making progress. He’s doing a great job. The Achilles is doing a great job, even though he’s moving at a slower pace. You all know Rome, he works hard. It’s coming. When he’s ready, he’ll be out there.”

This is Romeo’s fifth season as a member of the Lions. During his first four years, he totaled 117 tackles, 20.0 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. He is currently under contract through the 2023 year.

The Lions made some moves at the defensive end position, starting with the decision to draft both Hutchinson as well as Josh Paschal in the 2022 draft.

Most recently, however, the team made veteran Michael Brockers a healthy scratch at this position while giving more reps to the likes Paschal, Cominsky, and Julian Okwara.

Charles Harris has also played a key role for the Lions at the position when healthy. After a month-long groin injury, he returned to action in Week 9.

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