Jeff Okudah’s 2020 campaign has come to an abrupt end.
The No.3 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft will undergo abdominal muscle surgery on Tuesday, knocking him out for the rest of the season, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday via a knowledgeable source.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press first reported the news.
Okudah, who had already been ruled out for Week 14, appeared on the injury report this week with a new groin injury he has chosen to suffer now.
Rapoport added that Okudah should be at full power in time for the Lions’ offseason schedule.
The 6-1, 202-pound corner kick was selected in Ohio state in April to immediately fill the void left by Pro Bowler Darius Slay the team traded in March.
After sustaining a hamstring injury at training camp that kept him out of the season opener, Okudah joined Detroit in Week 2 and started six of his nine appearances. He missed the last two weeks with a shoulder injury.
Despite the long list of evils, the Lions have good reason to be optimistic about Okudah’s long-term potential. He compiled 43 tackles, two defensive passes and one interception – he jumped in front of a Kyler Murray pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins to secure INT.
Upon his return, Okudah plans to return to his role with the Detroit core during a busy summer that will involve the hiring of a new coach and general manager after the layoffs of Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn in late November.