Los Angeles left tackle Russell Okung is making progress with his recovery from a dangerous health condition that affected him recently. According to the team's higher-ups, they are encouraged by the recovery rate he is showing.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco answered questions fielded by the media ahead of their season opener. One of the questions pertained to the condition of the lineman from Oklahoma State.
He gave Gilbert Manzano a positive reply about his condition:
Tom Telesco on Russell Okung: "His return of play is still unknown, but we’re encouraged with his progress. We’ll take it week by week and go from there." He'll remain on NFI and will miss at least the first six weeks of the season #Chargers
— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) September 1, 2019
The former Seattle Seahawk was reported by the Los Angeles Times to still be working out with the team after revealing that he survived a “near-death experience.”
He explained that he experienced unusual chest pains at practice and went to urgent care out of caution. Doctors immediately worked on his embolism, and he is now on the road to recovery. He has missed the entirety of preseason, and it's looking likely that the Chargers will be staring at six weeks without their star man.
This is a stinger for the Chargers O-line; Okung is one of the team's best tackles. He is also one of the highest-paid players with a base salary of $13 million for this year.
However, his team is happy to let him recover at his own pace. The Chargers are confident that he will return stronger than ever.
“Russell, he has it all figured out,” center Mike Pouncey said. “He’s been in the league for a long time. He’s made a lot of money. He’s had a lot of success throughout his career. Right now, we just want him to get as healthy as possible.”
Okung will attend practices and meetings while awaiting medical clearance. Coach Anthony Lynn jokingly said of Okung, “Right now, he’s an assistant coach.”
Sam Tevi will hold up the line while the two-time Pro Bowler nurses himself back to health.