The Lions were hoping Julian Okwara could bolster their pass rush as a rookie. Maybe he still can.
But they'll have to wait.
Detroit placed Okwara on injured reserve Wednesday after he left last week's win over the Jaguars with what appeared to be a leg injury. That's a troubling thought, considering he suffered a broken fibula a year ago at Notre Dame.
Fortunately, Matt Patricia said Wednesday that Okwara's status is "day by day, week by week." So it doesn't sound like his season is over.
"It’ll be a couple weeks here, but we’ll see what it looks like," Patricia said.
On the bright side for the defensive line, the Lions are returning Austin Bryant to practice on Wednesday after he spent the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.
The 2019 fourth-round pick also missed most of his rookie season due to a pectoral injury. He debuted in Week 12, then produced seven tackles over the final two games.
Bryant was a force at Clemson, tallying 17 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in his final two seasons. The Lions will take whatever boost he can give them up front.