The Detroit Lions will have to wait at least one more week to see their first-round draft pick on the field.
NFL Network reported Sunday that rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah is not expected to play in the Lions’ season-opener against the Chicago Bears.
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Okudah missed practice time Thursday and Friday because of a hamstring injury. He was not expected to start against the Bears, but was in line to see playing time as a backup to Desmond Trufant and Amani Oruwariye.
The Lions made Okudah the highest-drafted cornerback in 23 years when they took him third overall in April’s draft.
Okudah impressed this summer with his natural ability and want to learn, but he appeared to be swimming at times with the adjustment to NFL game.
He spent most of training camp working with the second-team defense, while seeing occasional time at both the left and right cornerback spots with the first team.
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Trufant, who the Lions signed to replace Darius Slay this offseason, is slated to play left cornerback for the Lions today, while Oruwariye, a fifth-round pick in 2019, will play the right.
The Lions already have ruled out starting right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai for today’s game because of a foot injury, and wide receiver Kenny Golladay is doubtlful because a strained hamstring.
The Bears will be without defensive end Robert Quinn, and outside linebacker Khalil Mack is questionable with a knee injury.