Injury. It’s always the biggest villain.
It’s a tough blow for fans who were expecting Okoronkwo to make a big splash as a rookie. Following the trade of OLB Robert Quinn and having not brought in any veterans to the position like re-signing OLB Connor Barwin or an oft-rumored acquisition of EDGE Junior Galette, the Rams certainly had room for a potential starting opportunity for Okoronkwo. While OLB Samson Ebukam and OLB Matt Longacre have been penciled in as the likely starters, there was always going to be a chance for Okoronkwo to break out in training camp and the preseason, a chance that looks diminished now. The timetable should have him back somewhere between the start of camp and the start of the regular season.
His absence should open snaps up for the rest of the EDGE depth chart, but we’ll have to see how things look throughout Phase III and into camp and how the rehab on his foot progresses.
Rams Head Coach Sean McVay confirmed at the press conference after organized team activities today that Okoronkwo has already had the surgery and will be in training camp though perhaps not ready for the first practice.