Melvin Gordon won’t be the only noticeable absence at Los Angeles’ training camp.
Following reports that Russell Okung was dealing with a “pretty serious medical issue” and could miss all of camp, the Chargers offensive tackle released a statement Thursday detailing those problems.
Okung revealed he experienced “unusual chest pain at practice” on June 1 and decided to visit urgent care, where it was revealed he suffered a pulmonary embolism, a serious condition in which a blood clot gets lodged in an artery in the lung. He was told by doctors that the decision to seek treatment likely saved his life.
“When detected early, this condition is very treatable and I’m grateful to have access to the best available care as I continue on the path to recovery,” Okung wrote, in part. “Thanks to an incredible medical team and a very supportive family, I hope to be back on the field as quickly as possible.
“While near-death experiences are certainly a wake-up call, I’m feeling great physically. It’s not an ankle or shoulder. As soon as doctors clear me, my plans include blocking #17’s blind side all the way to Miami.”
Statement on Reported Injury Status pic.twitter.com/MjV52jqESL
— Russell Okung 🇳🇬 (@RussellOkung) July 25, 2019
Okung, 30, was selected sixth overall by the Seahawks in 2010 and remained in Seattle until he signed a one-year deal with Denver in 2016.
He signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Chargers the following year. If Okung has to miss games, rookie third-round pick Trey Pipkins likely will move up and start as one of the team’s tackles.
General manager Tom Telesco revealed Wednesday Okung might miss all of training camp and said there was no time table for his return.