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Alex Okafor | Linebacker | #57

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/8/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 261
College: Texas
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (103) / ARZ
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Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor is planning to play through his torn biceps.
It's still unclear when Okafor will be ready to get back into action, but he is opting for rest and rehab over surgery. The Cardinals will presumably hope Okafor can handle 15-20 snaps per game behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden. Sun, Aug 21, 2016 02:40:00 PM

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Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor has a torn biceps.

Coach Bruce Arians said the team is still determining if Okafor needs surgery, which would likely knock him out for the season. After an eight-sack sophomore campaign, Okafor managed two sacks during an injury-shortened 2015. He is Arizona's No. 3 outside linebacker behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 12:06:00 AM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor confirmed he is "100 percent" recovered from the toe injury he suffered in January.

Okafor was mysteriously placed on the reserve/NFI list prior to the Cardinals' opening playoff game. He refused to get into the specifics of the injury, but the NFI designation suggests he hurt himself away from the team during the first-round bye. Now healthy, Okafor will fill a rotational role behind starters Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Cardinals placed OLB Alex Okafor on the reserve/NFI list with a toe injury, ending his season.

It's a very surprising move, as Okafor just started in Week 17. He's been deactivated with the "non-football injury" designation, a strange move at this time of year. Okafor apparently suffered a season-ending issue away from the team during last week's bye. Okafor played 622 snaps, registering two sacks. His loss mostly hurts for depth purposes, as DE Cory Redding (ankle) is also done for the year.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 01:27:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor (strained calf) will be sidelined 2-4 weeks.

Okafor's injury prompted the signing of veteran Dwight Freeney. Okafor has two sacks on 271 snaps this season. At best, he's a league average pass rusher.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 02:35:00 PM

OLB Alex Okafor exited the Cardinals' Week 5 game against the Lions with a right calf injury and will not return.

He'll finish the afternoon with three tackles. Look for Kareem Martin to take over at right outside linebacker. Okafor is headed for an MRI on Monday.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 06:56:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor was arrested early Monday morning in Austin, Texas for resisting arrest.

Other details are unavailable at the moment. Okafor led the Cardinals with eight sacks as a sophomore last season as a situational pass rusher. His roster spot should be fine barring something crazy coming out about his arrest.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 12:14:00 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes second-year OLB Alex Okafor "will be buried on the depth chart" and could be a late-camp cut.

It would be a precipitous fall for a player selected in the fourth round in the 2013 draft. Okafor was never a special athlete, but is long at 6-foot-5 and has strong hands. If Okafor does manage to stick around, he will contribute on special teams and as a situational pass rusher.
Sat, May 24, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Cardinals second-year OLB Alex Okafor (torn biceps) is expected to be "full-go" in 4-6 weeks.

Okafor, the No. 103 overall pick in last April's draft, appeared in one game as a rookie before injuring his arm. He's been rehabbing at the team facility and will continue to do so this spring. Okafor will be a rotational edge rusher and contribute on special teams as a sophomore.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 06:03:00 PM

Cardinals placed fourth-round OLB Alex Okafor (torn biceps) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The word comes straight from coach Bruce Arians' mouth. Okafor is the third outside 'backer the Cardinals have lost for the season in the past two days, joining Lorenzo Alexander and Sam Acho. Okafor played five snaps last week but was likely in line for a bigger role this week. The Cardinals will promote ILB Kenny Demens from the practice squad to take Okafor's roster spot.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 08:43:00 PM

Cardinals signed No. 103 overall pick DE/OLB Alex Okafor to a four-year contract.

First-rounder Jonathan Cooper is now the Cardinals' lone unsigned draft pick. Okafor was a pass-rushing force at Texas, but has only average explosion (4.89 40-yard dash) and doesn't boast a variety of moves. Okafor should see decent snaps behind starting OLBs Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield, but will be mostly roster depth as a rookie.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Cardinals drafted Texas DE/OLB Alex Okafor with the No. 103 overall pick.

Okafor (6-foot-5, 264) played defensive tackle before converting to end for his junior and senior campaigns. He rallied for 22 career sacks, 40 tackles for loss, and eight forced fumbles. Okafor lacks flash -- he ran 4.89 at his Pro Day and offers little variety in his pass-rush moves -- but he was a finisher in the Big 12 and can win with strong hands and length. Okafor isn't special in any area, but does everything pretty well. A value pick at the top of round four, Okafor will push for immediate snaps behind underwhelming Cardinals OLBs Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Recovered from his bruised hip flexor, Texas DE Alex Okafor ran forty times of 4.88 and 4.89 at the Longhorns' Pro Day.

The injury knocked Okafor out of the Combine, but he's healthy now. An early- to mid-round prospect, Okafor also posted a 36-inch vertical leap and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Okafor led the Big 12 conference with 12 sacks last season.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 03:05:00 PM

Texas DE Alex Okafor will sit out the Combine due to a bruised hip flexor suffered at last month's Senior Bowl.

His draft stock should be fine. Okafor called the injury "not serious but taking longer than I'd like to heal fully." The Longhorns' Pro Day is March 26. Okafor led the Big 12 with 12.5 sacks in 2012 and is a second-day prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 03:38:00 PM

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