Russell Okung reveals in an official statement the nature of his condition, which is the result of blood clots. He’s feeling pretty lucky to still be here.
Russell Okung opened up this morning on Twitter about his injury situation, which, as speculated, is more of a personal matter than something football-related like an ACL tear or broken bone. Here is a bit of what he had to say:
After experiencing unusual chest pain at practice, on June 1st I went to urgent care out of an abundance of caution. According to the doctors who treated me, the decision to do so likely saved my life…A few tests revealed I suffered a Pulmonary Embolism caused by blood clots…Thanks to an incredible medical team and a very supportive family, I hope to be back on the field as quickly as possible.
First and foremost, it’s a scary situation, as such a silent disease, ailment, sudden defect in the bloodstream can prove to be fatal, as he mentioned. It’s safe to say any fan is happy to see the left tackle still here and doing well. Okung has been a solid starter for two seasons, and looks to be able to contribute again this season.
Replacing Okung for the duration of his absence can be talked about in another article, but for now, this is all about wishing him the best in his recovery as he looks to make it back onto the football field. And as he stated, as soon as the doctors clear him, he’ll be ready to block for a certain No. 17 all the way to the Super Bowl.