This was supposed to be a season of growth for Jeff Okudah. It will be one of recovery instead.
Okudah ruptured his Achilles in Sunday's season-opening loss to the 49ers -- confirming the Lions' worst fears -- and is done for the year, according to Tom Pelissero.
It's brutal news for Okudah, who seemed poised to take a big step forward under new DC Aaron Glenn and new DB's coach Aubrey Pleasant after an ugly, injury-marred rookie season. And it creates another hole in an already leaky Lions defense.
Okudah suffered the injury in the third quarter Sunday and was carted off the field. It ended what Dan Campbell called an 'up and down game' for the former third overall pick and Detroit's top corner entering the season.
Okudah was chewed out by Pleasant after a missed assignment on a 38-yard touchdown run by rookie Elijah Mitchell in the second quarter and he was beaten by Deebo Samuel for a 79-yard touchdown early in the third. He finished with one pass defended and three tackles.
"He flashes on a few plays where you’re like, ‘Wow. OK, there he is,'" said Campbell. "And then next thing you know, something happens that just — I don’t want to make excuses, but at the same time he’s in year two. He made some young errors is what he did.”
Next time we see Okudah, he'll be in year three.