Ekpre-Olomu feels great, will get knee re-examined soon

AP

The Browns have decided to move on from cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a top prospect in the 2015 draft who slid to round seven after tearing an ACL in December 2014. But it hardly means that his career is over.

Ekpre-Olomu feels fine, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT. He’s currently able to dunk a basketball again, and he’s routinely working out with NFL-caliber players, covering receivers and otherwise performing at a high level. The Browns, however, became concerned about his ability to play 16 regular-season games based on the contents of a recent MRI of his knee.

It’s Cleveland’s prerogative to have that concern, and to exercise their privilege to release the player from the non-football injury list. The question now becomes whether another team will claim on waivers a player with a low-end, minimum salary deal that covers the next three years.

Ekpre-Olomu is scheduled to visit this week with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who repaired the ACL following the original injury. Dr. El Attrache already has cleared Ekpre-Olomu; the goal is to check the knee again in order to confirm that he’s indeed good to go.

It’s possible that Dr. ElAttrache will eventually clean out scar tissue, if that’s the issue creating concern in the MRI.

If Dr. ElAttrache concludes once again that Ekpre-Olomu is good to go, that could mean the Rams will be interested; Dr. ElAttrache’s online bio shows that he’s a consultant to the Rams.

Ekpre-Olomu likely will officially hit the waiver wire on Monday, giving all teams a 24-hour window for claiming the balance of his contract. If unclaimed, he’ll become a free agent.

38 responses to “Ekpre-Olomu feels great, will get knee re-examined soon

  1. Ekpre-Olomu is a text book money ball candidate. Which begs the question; what did the Browns brass find to not even give this guy a chance to compete for a spot on the roster?

  2. If he can get back to 100% he could be a very good player. But that’s a big if. Someone could end up with a steal if everything works out for this kid

  3. Had the Browns not drafted him he wouldn’t have gotten drafted at all or gotten picked up as an undrafted free agent. He’s been out of the game for a year and a half now and is still not 100% so him getting cut was common sense on a team where they need defensive starters now.

    My guess is he’s going to have to spend a season in Canada to show teams that his ACL isn’t duct taped together before someone else takes a chance on him or signs with a practice squad somewhere. It’s too close to the draft for any team to think going after him is a good idea without 100% assurance he will be able to at least be a part of OTA’s which is probably why the Browns released him in the first place.

  4. Looking at this guy and his situation is similar to Jaylon Smith…
    Wonder if any teams are striking Jaylon Smith off of draft boards?
    I can see this gu

  5. They did use moneyball on him. (ficticious

    People with an injury that looks like ‘This’ have a 1 in X chance to survive 16 games.

    So they did not want to throw Y dollars at 1/X%.

  6. we have bean counters in charge . call them what you want money ball or whatever .I call them bean counters .

  7. How the heck can they be idiots for using a 7th rounder on him?

    dcapettini says:
    Apr 3, 2016 1:39 PM
    It’s hard to figure whether Cleveland were idiots for drafting this guy in the first place or idiots for letting him go now.

  8. He won’t get past the titans on the waiver wire. A healthy Ekpre-olomu is better than the 2 scrubs they recently picked up in Antwon Blake and Brice McCain. He could of been a 1st round pick last year after all.

  9. His contract was peanuts for the next 3 years, and he had a first round grade pre injury. Seems like a head scratcher to me? Worst case scenario put him on IR for another 8-17 weeks and get him ready for 2017. It’s not like the Browns are contending anytime soon.

    PFT quit speculating it’s scar tissue. That is the least educated guess of what could be scaring the Browns off. If anything it could be cartilage issues that could lead another surgery or shorten his career due to arthritis, possible need for microfracture. If he’s dunking a basketball and covering receivers in practice it’s 100% not a scar tissue issue.

  10. What do they blindfold themselves and pick from scrabble board blocks to choose their names. Not worth my time even trying to figure out how to pronounce it.

  11. Not a Browns fan but c’mon people. This “penny pinching” team unloads a 7th Round draft pick for nothing? Cleveland has some of the best hospitals in the world we’re told so SOMEBODY must have seen something very bad

  12. The bean counters running the show in Cleveland are like those bean counters running the various Health Care Insure Companies.

    There is NO professional football experience in the management, until you get down to the Head Coach (Hue Jackson).

    MONEYBALL…..and it shows!

  13. Yes, the Cleveland Clinic was correctly described as one of the best in the world. And, I do know more about them than the anti-Brown clowns know about the Browns.

  14. Browns could have kept paying him 7th round money and placed hin on IR for next season. Seems to me that they saw something that will never heal or perform at a high level, otherwise why wouldn’t you keep this kid around – not taking up an active roster slot?

    Hope things work out for him…

  15. Being cleared by the doctor, dunking a basketball and working out with NFL caliber players does not mean that he will be able to make the roster or take the punishment of a full season. I’m sure the Browns thought this one out considering how thin our D- backfield has gotten. There were worries about his game speed and ability to read receivers before his injury. Maybe he is 100% but not able to play/ run at his normal speed.

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