Jeff Okudah’s rookie campaign with the Detroit Lions has come to an end.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Okudah will undergo season-ending groin surgery on Tuesday. The cornerback has been dealing with a nagging groin strain since his days at Ohio State and Birkett reports that it has only gotten worse at the NFL level.
Okudah, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft, has started just six of nine games this season and has missed the last two weeks with a shoulder injury. The 21-year-old opted for surgery before the end of the 2020 campaign in an effort to have a full offseason to prepare for the 2021 season, Birkett says.
Okudah’s numbers this season aren’t impressive. He has recorded 41 solo tackles, four tackles for a loss and one interception during his rookie campaign while allowing 41 completions on 53 targets and two touchdowns.
The Lions, who are 5-7, still have a shot at making the playoffs. However, it’s unlikely.
During the offseason, Detroit will search for a new head coach and general manager after firing Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn in recent weeks.
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