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  • Eagles' Julian Okwara: Signs with Eagles

    The Eagles signed Okwara to a reserve/future contract Wednesday.

    Okwara will head to Philadelphia after getting waived by the Lions last month. The 26-year-old will now look to compete for a depth spot along the team's defensive line.

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  • Julian Okwara: Let go by Detroit

    Okwara was waived by the Lions on Thursday.

    Okwara was let go in order to make room on the active roster for James Houston (ankle), who was activated off injured reserve in a corresponding move. Okwara will now look to catch on with another team after compiling just seven tackles (six solo), including two sacks, through nine games played this season.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Ready for season debut

    Okwara (knee) is active Sunday against the Panthers.

    Okwara started the season on IR after suffering an injury during the team's final preseason game. After missing the mandatory four games, the Notre Dame product is ready to return to action and make his first appearance of the season. He should be a regular part of the Lions' rotation on the defensive line against Carolina.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Activated Saturday

    Okwara (knee) was activated from injured reserve Saturday.

    Okwara suffered a knee injury during Detroit's preseason finale, but it seems as if he's since had time to move past the issue. Over the past three seasons, the 25-year-old defensive end has recorded 29 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks for the Lions' defense.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Designated to return from IR

    Okwara (knee) was designated to return from injured reserve by the Lions on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Okwara will now have a 21-day window to return to practice and ultimately be added to the active roster. If that ultimately doesn't come to fruition, the defensive end will revert to IR for the remainder of the 2023 campaign. Okwara has been unavailable since Aug. 31 following a knee injury.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Headed to IR

    The Lions placed Okwara (knee) on injured reserve Thursday, Colton Pouncy of The Athletic reports.

    Okwara sustained a knee injury in the Lions' preseason finale against the Panthers on Saturday. The 2020 third-round pick out of Notre Dame will be forced to sit out the first four games of the season.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Recovered from injury

    Okwara was active during OTAs earlier this month for the Lions.

    Okwara finished his 2022 campaign on IR after suffering an elbow injury in a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills. His participation at OTAs would suggest a clean bill of health, which has not been entirely common for the 25-year-old. A third-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, Okwara hasn't played more than 13 games in a single season, but he has been a regular part of Detroit's defensive line rotation when able to suit up.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Lands on IR

    The Lions placed Okwara (elbow) on injured reserve Saturday.

    Okwara was forced out with an elbow injury during Detroit's loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving Day, and he was already ruled out for Sunday's game versus Jacksonville. The 24-year-old defensive end will now be forced to sit out until at least Week 17 against Chicago, though it's possible he could remain sidelined for the rest of the regular season. In his absence, Josh Paschal and John Cominsky will likely take on bigger roles behind Aidan Hutchinson and Romeo Okwara, who was activated from the reserve/PUP list Saturday.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Ruled out with elbow injury

    Okwara (elbow) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Okwara exited the Lions' Week 12 matchup against the Bills with the injury. He failed to practice in any capacity and is in line to miss his second contest of the season. In 10 games on the campaign, Okwara has recorded 17 total tackles with two sacks.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Leaves with injury

    Okwara has exited Thursday's game against the Bills with an elbow injury.

    Okwara suffered the injury as he fell to the turf chasing after Josh Allen. While the third-year pro is out, James Houston and Austin Bryant will likely continue to see an uptick in opportunities.

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  • Lions' Julian Okwara: Participates fully in practice

    Okwara (hamstring) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.

    Okwara had been dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined versus Philadelphia, but he now appears to have fully recovered. The third-year linebacker out of Notre Dame should be available to provide some depth on the edge behind Aidan Hutchinson and Charles Harris in Week 2 versus Washington.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 239 lbs
Birthplace: London, England
Age: 26
School: Notre Dame
Experience: 5