Cowboys defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is close to returning from the illness that has kept him out throughout the offseason, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on Thursday.
“Okoye has been cleared. He’ll be meeting us in Dallas,” Jones told the team’s official website. “He’s been in Boston and got cleared on his illness and can have contact. He’s been working to get in shape. We were hoping the timing would fit to give us some reps in there.”
Okoye’s is a rare case. Called NMDA receptor encephalitis, the medical clearance is just the first step to his return. He’ll also have to be cleared by the Cowboys’ training staff to participate in football activities, but Jones remains optimistic about the former Texan and Bear, who missed the entire 2013 season.
“I don’t anticipate (Okoye practicing Monday) but I know we have a three-stage conditioning (process),” Jones said. “He has been in the second stage and working toward the third stage. I don’t think he’s reached the third, but he’ll be in there real close. He could potentially see him do some of the same kind stuff you’re seeing (Rolando McClain) do. Get out there do some and run around. It’s been over a year in a half since he’s done stuff.”
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