Ekpre-Olomu writes that he’s “close” to returning to action

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Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu collected the money his insurance policy guaranteed him following his knee injury, but Ekpre-Olomu said on social media Monday that he’s “close” to being able to return to the field.

The Browns drafted Ekpre-Olomu in the seventh round last year knowing that he’d be a redshirt in 2015 and far from certain to ever be able to contribute. In an Instagram post, Ekpre-Olomu said he’s been working towards returning to full speed.

“I’m not quite 100 (percent) yet but I’m close,” he wrote. “And in the next couple of weeks I’ll show you some of the progress I’ve made.”

Ekpre-Olomu, projected by many to be a first-round pick, was injured in December 2014 in a University of Oregon practice. He collected $3 million on a loss of draft value insurance policy.

The Browns didn’t get much out of second-year cornerbacks Justin Gilbert and Pierre Desir last year, so there’s opportunity for Ekpre-Olomu to contribute if he can get healthy.

“Although this past year has had many ups and downs, I’m finally close to the point I want to be,” Ekpre-Olomu said in his post. “Now it’s time to get better as a player and person.”

8 responses to “Ekpre-Olomu writes that he’s “close” to returning to action

  1. This guy might be an example of a draft pick the Browns actually got right (for a change). Getting a CB with first-round talent in the seventh was a probably worth the risk. Hopefully this kid can come back from the injury and be back to the person he was before the injury–not for the Browns’ sake but for his sake.

  2. Really hate to see a good player get injured in his senior year and not be able to at least try the NFL. I hope this kid comes back fully. He could have taken the $3 million and stayed home, but he came to work and rehab everyday last year and really impressed the veterans with his dedication. And, what a great name.

  3. This is great news and I hope he comes back 100% soon. Not only is he a top CB, but he’s also a top character kid. If the Browns are going to turn it around, this is the type of kid they’ll want to build around.

  4. Tonebones, you mean Johnny Manziel wasn’t that guy?! Hmm…imagine that, the rest of us knew that the second the commissioner said his name…

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