Report: Alex Okafor plans to play with torn biceps tendon

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After Friday night’s game against the Chargers, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that linebacker Alex Okafor faced a decision between having surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon or playing with the injury.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Okafor has opted for the latter course of action.

Okafor ended last season on the non-football injury list after hurting his toe between the end of the regular season and the playoffs. He played in 13 games during the regular season and recorded two sacks, which was less than he and the team hoped to get after Okafor had eight sacks in the same number of games in 2014.

With Chandler Jones and Markus Golden installed as the starting outside linebackers, Okafor will need to show he can still be productive despite the injury in order to see regular playing time. That would benefit the Cardinals and it would help Okafor set himself up for free agency with his contract expiring at the end of the year.

5 responses to “Report: Alex Okafor plans to play with torn biceps tendon

  1. I kind of wish that they would have re signed Dwight Freeney now… Just don’t think that he will be able to perform effectively with that injury. Has to use his arms to drag down large strong men who don’t want to be dragged down…

  2. Luckily, the Cardinals have the great Adrian Wilson on staff to coach him through it…..

    Wilson had one of his best seasons as a pro while dealing with the same injury.

  3. Not a smart move. Tearing of the distal biceps tendon will reduce his strength in that arm more than 60%. The longer he waits to have season-ending surgery will make repair more difficult as the tendon will have traveled further up his arm. If he thinks he can just resume his career completely without surgery he’ll only have partial strength remaining in that arm. With surgery, he can regain his strength completely or up to 95%. He’ll be completely unsellable in free agency if he doesn’t have surgery now.

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