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NFL Rumors: Arizona Cardinals LB Alex Okafor risking long-term injury by passing on surgery?

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Alex Okafor (Photo Keith Allison/Wikimedia)

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor will pass on a surgery procedure on his torn biceps tendon, according to reports Sunday. There are NFL rumors that this could put the four year pass rusher in danger.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL site said on Twitter that Okafor is planning to play through the biceps injury.

“LB Alex Okafor, who suffered a torn biceps tendon, is planning to play through it, rather than have surgery, I’m told. Tough,” Rapoport tweeted Sunday.

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According to reports on Saturday, Okafor was given the choice to undergo surgery and miss the season or play through the injury, which he suffered in a recent Cardinals’ practice.

Surgery on the biceps would have meant that Okafor misses the entire 2016 NFL regular season. This is the second type of injury for Okafor where he was asked to play or opt for surgery.

In 2013, he decided for surgery and missed 15 games. Okafor played just one game in his rookie year but came back to play 13 games each in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. For his NFL career, Okafor is credited 10.0 sacks, 62.0 combined tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble.

Linebacker Markus Golden will join Okafor, who is ranked one of the better defenders last season, up front for the Arizona Cardinals next season.

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The Cardinals could be looking at NFL free agents at the LB position if Okafor’s injury affects him during the season. Mike Neal, Calvin Pace and Jason Babin are possible options in free agency for Arizona.

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia

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