Detroit Lions’ Jeff Okudah out for season with ruptured Achilles

Jeff Okudah
Sep 12, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) makes a catch in front of Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah (23) in the third quarter and runs for a touchdown at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions feared the worst on Sunday when cornerback Jeff Okudah went down with a leg injury and an MRI confirmed their worries Monday. Okudah suffered a ruptured Achilles against the San Francisco 49ers and will miss the rest of the season.

Okudah, the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, entered the season determined to turn things around after a rough rookie season. Sadly, it only took a few minutes for things to take an unfortunate turn.

A few drives after being torched by Deebo Samuel for a 79-yard touchdown, Okudah hit the turf and grabbed at his leg. Dan Campbell said after the game the team was concerned about Okudah’s Achilles and preparing for the worst.

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According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, MRI results confirmed on Monday that the 22-year-old cornerback ruptured his Achilles and is lost for the rest of the season.

It’s a devastating turn of events for a young player who seemed to turn the corner in training camp. Okudah struggled during his rookie season, allowing a 112 passer rating and receiving a 30.9 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus.

He reported to training camp this summer excited to work with a new coaching staff and things were going very well. Sadly, the 6-foot-1 cornerback now faces a major hurdle that may prevent him from living up to his draft status.