Great development for the Saints as veteran DE Alex Okafor is already back doing some work in practice Wednesday, just a week after last week's injury scare (bone bruise in his knee and sprained ankle, per source).
Okafor only participated in a portion of practice with the Chargers and did not do any full-team work, but the fact that the veteran is already in uniform and getting in some work is a good sign. A week ago, Okafor suffered a bone bruise in his knee and a sprained ankle in practice. "He'll be back here fairly soon," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Fortunately, his injury last week wasn't anything significant."
Last week, it seemed significant. Okafor went down in a practice session and had to be attended to by several of the team’s trainers. During that time, many of his teammates surrounded the player and got down on one knee and the Saints’ practice area was completely silent. Okafor was able to walk off the field himself, but with a limp.
In the days that followed, reports emerged that Okafor had avoided serious injury, instead sustaining what was speculated to be a minor bone bruise and ankle sprain, with no timetable given for his eventual recovery. His presence at the Saints’ joint practice session with the Chargers, in full pads, is needless to say a very good sign for him.
It is not known if Okafor will be available to play in the Saints’ third exhibition against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night, though it’s likely the team will err on the side of caution with a player of his importance in a meaningless game. Any serious damage to Okafor could have spelled disaster for the Saints’ defensive line rotation as rookie first round draft pick Marcus Davenport had been unable to practice fully for the past three weeks with what reports describe as a groin injury.