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Report: MRI confirms torn pec for Alex Okafor

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The injury occurred very soon into the Chiefs’ game against the Denver Broncos.

Update: Monday, 2 p.m. Arrowhead Time

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the MRI has confirmed Alex Okafor’s injury.


Report: Alex Okafor “feared to have torn his pec”

(Monday, 1:35 p.m. Arrowhead Time)

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor is “feared to have torn his pec” in the team’s game against the Denver Broncos, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Okafor appeared to get his arm caught under Broncos quarterback Drew Lock as he made his sack during the first quarter of Sunday’s game:

Our in-house injury expert, Aaron Borgmann, weighed in on the injury:

If confirmed, Okafor would have suffered the same injury as fellow defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, which Borgmann detailed here.

If repair is indicated for Ogbah, the procedure is fairly simple and straightforward. Simple anchors to re-attach the tendon to bone or surgical suturing the tendon back together.

Rehab time period is typically four or five months, barring no setbacks and is obviously position-dependent, but these usually go very smoothly.

Should this athlete require surgical intervention, I would expect him to be fully ready for training camp next year.

Ogbah’s injury occurred in early November, whereas Okafor’s occurred Sunday, but the two should have similar timetables. The Chiefs signed the 28-year-old to a three-year deal back in March.

Okafor likely ends his season with 22 tackles (15) solo, nine quarterback hits and 5.0 sacks in 10 games played.