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CFL’s top offensive lineman nixed by Packers medical staff


Jovan Olafioye was named the best offensive lineman in the CFL this season, raising his profile and helping him get a look from NFL teams for the second straight season.

For the second straight season, medical issues have kept him from landing a contract. Olafioye was turned down by the Packers’ medical staff after they evaluated his medical records. At issue is medication Olafioye takes because of a family disposition toward high blood pressure, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Olafioye actually signed a contract with the Rams last year before getting dinged in the physical┬ábecause, per Olafioye, he’d stopped taking his medication.

The good news is that Olafioye has other suitors. He says the Ravens and Steelers are among a half-dozen teams with interest and he also said that the Packers doctors thought that he’d wind up landing with an NFL team willing to take a bigger risk than they’re willing to take in Green Bay.

“They’re sure I’ll be playing for somebody in the NFL this year,” said Olafioye. “That was encouraging. They said my situation is controllable but they didn’t want to take that risk. With their rules they can’t mess with my situation.”

Given all the interest in CFL pass rushers, it makes sense that there would also be interest in guys that have been able to stop them. Now Olafioye just needs to find a way to convince someone his situation is worth messing with.

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4 Responses to “CFL’s top offensive lineman nixed by Packers medical staff”
  1. tonyugoh says: Feb 6, 2013 8:49 AM

    Ryan Grigson knows a thing or two about CFL players having played in that league and the Colts need any O-Line help they can get, I wonder if they’ve looked into him.

  2. axespray says: Feb 6, 2013 10:19 AM

    Could you imagine if we were the ones to get Cameron Wake from the CFL…
    Clay and Cameron ….whoo!
    ….our cap situation would be rough thou.

  3. gpack22 says: Feb 6, 2013 2:04 PM

    Hmm, OL is that good you don’t have to take a chance on bringing in some talent? LMFAO!!!

    Packer’s med and training staff is as overrated as their defense and OL. Considering both of the latter suck that is not a good thing. Maybe they’ll go for “Guys on IR” record next year?

    BTW, this coming from a Packer fan and GB resident.

  4. larryboodry says: Feb 6, 2013 6:43 PM

    Hope the Bears at least look at this guy.

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