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Amobi Okoye | Defensive Lineman | #76

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 310
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (10) / HOU

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Former Bears and Texans DT Amobi Okoye signed with the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks.
Okoye is still just 29 (next month). The former No. 10 overall pick of the 2007 draft hasn't played in an NFL game since 2012 with Chicago. He spent the 2014 season with the Cowboys but never appeared in a game as he recovered from a life-threatening illness. Okoye wants to return to the NFL. May 16 - 9:09 PM

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Free agent DT Amobi Okoye (illness) is hoping to make an NFL comeback.

Okoye was placed in a medically induced coma for three months in 2013 after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease which caused seizures and convulsions during workouts. Okoye's recovery included relearning basic functions like speaking, walking and eating, but he is now back up to 300 pounds and fully cleared for football activities. Still only 29 years old, Okoye was cut by the Cowboys in April of 2015 and has not played a snap since 2012. He faces long odds of an NFL return, but we wish him the best of luck.
May 7 - 11:19 AM

Cowboys released DT Amobi Okoye.

Okoye spent all last season on the reserve/NFI list. He's still recovering from a serious medical condition. Okoye hasn't appeared in a game since 2012.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 04:59:00 PM

The Cowboys will not activate DT Amobi Okoye (illness) from the reserve/NFI list.

It means Okoye will officially miss the entire season. Okoye last played in 2012. His career was derailed by anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, an extremely rare, but potentially fatal, illness. Okoye has been in the league since 2007, but is still only 27. He could return for next season. He's under contract with the Cowboys.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 03:33:00 PM

Cowboys placed DT Amobi Okoye (illness) on the reserve/NFI list.

Okoye is still working his way back from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. He suffered from seizures and was out of the sport for 17 months. Okoye will miss at least the first six games. The NFI list works just like PUP.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 03:45:00 PM

Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye has recovered from a "one-in-a-million" syndrome that put him in a lengthy coma and left him with a 145-day gap in his memory.

The Cowboys and Okoye were previously hush-hush on the exact "illness" that had stricken the 27-year-old. He contracted anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, an autoimmune syndrome that is potentially fatal. Okoye experienced a series of seizures and was out of football for 17 months. Okoye is reunited with DC Rod Marinelli and is competing for a rotational role in Dallas.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 08:57:00 AM

Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye (illness) has been cleared to practice.

He should practice next week. Okoye is returning from an illness that wiped out his entire 2013. He's fighting for a reserve role along the Cowboys' patchwork defensive line. Provided he can get in shape, he should crack Dallas' 53-man roster. No team is thinner up front than owner/GM Jerry Jones' Cowboys.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 07:58:00 PM

Cowboys placed DT Amobi Okoye (illness) on active/NFI.

Okoye is still battling an unknown issue that kept him out of the league last season. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2007 draft hasn't been a regular starter since 2010 while with the Texans.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 11:25:00 AM

Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye (illness) is "recovering well and getting close."

Okoye remains hopeful he'll be cleared for camp, though he's still a candidate to begin on the active/PUP list. Okoye's undisclosed ailment kept him out for all of 2013. Any contributions the Cowboys' depleted defensive line gets from Okoye this season will be a bonus.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 09:47:00 PM

Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye could open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Okoye is recovering from an unknown medical issue, one that kept him out of the league last season. The Cowboys handed him a two-year deal in May, reuniting him with DC Rod Marinelli. Okoye is competing for a 53-man roster spot.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 05:27:00 PM

Cowboys signed DT Amobi Okoye to a two-year contract.

The No. 10 overall pick in 2007, Okoye is still just 27 (in June). He was out of the league last season due to an unknown medical issue. Okoye reunites with DC Rod Marinelli, whom he played for in 2011 and 2012 with the Bears. Okoye has 16 career sacks and will try to earn a spot on Dallas' rebuilt defensive line.
Fri, May 16, 2014 01:16:00 PM

The Cowboys are showing interest in free agent DT Amobi Okoye.

The Cowboys need line depth after losing Tyrone Crawford for the season and Anthony Spencer to left knee surgery. Okoye is familiar with Dallas DL coach Rod Marinelli after spending time with Marinelli in Chicago last season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 02:02:00 PM

Bears re-signed DT Amobi Okoye.

Okoye is back after appearing in six games for the Bears earlier this season. He compiled seven tackles and one sack in a rotational role. The Bears might be worried about the health of Stephen Paea (foot).
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Bears agreed to terms with free agent DT Amobi Okoye, formerly of the Bucs.

Okoye signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Bucs in April, but lost his roster spot due to knee woes. The Bears were quick to swoop in after he compiled 27 tackles and four sacks for them in 2011.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 11:02:00 AM

Bucs DT Amobi Okoye's knee has continued to be a problem throughout training camp despite his June scope.

"It’s not just one surgery," said coach Greg Schiano. "He has a history with that knee." Okoye has missed the Bucs' last two preseason games and practiced sparingly. Tampa Bay's interior defensive line is going to be a major weakness again this year. They'll be a running game to target in fantasy matchups.
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 04:12:00 PM

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