Russell Okung Injury: Updates on Broncos Star's Status and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Sep 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Russell Okung (73) during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.The Broncos defeated the Colts 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos offensive lineman Russell Okung experienced issues in Week 6 against the San Diego Chargers that forced him to leave Qualcomm Stadium in an ambulance. After Okung left the stadium, Broncos vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth announced the lineman had been released from the hospital.

Okung would not miss any additional game action.

Continue for updates.

Okung Active vs. Texans

Monday, Oct. 24

The Broncos announced Okung is available to play in Week 7 against Houston.

Latest on Okung's Practice Status

Saturday, Oct. 22

The Broncos announced Okung took part in Saturday's practice. 

Latest on Okung's Status in Concussion Protocol

Monday, Oct. 17

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Okung is making progress in the concussion protocol, per Troy Renck of Denver7.

Okung Comments on Status

Friday, Oct. 14 

Russell Okung @RussellOkung

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers! All good! 2 Corinthians 4:8 Better believe it.

Injury-Prone Okung Crucial to Broncos Offensive Line 

Okung spent the first six seasons of his career as the anchor of the Seattle Seahawks line before joining the Broncos during the offseason. Denver wanted to bolster a front five that ranked 13th in pass protection and 17th in run blocking last season, per Football Outsiders' ratings.

Injuries have been a consistent factor throughout Okung's career. He's never played in all 16 games during a regular season. More recently, he dealt with a shoulder injury that forced him to get surgery at the same time he was preparing to enter the free-agent market.



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