One of the openings on the Detroit Lions defensive line shouldn’t have been there. The Lions drafted Levi Onwujurike two years ago to play the exact spot that remains largely vacant as an upfield tackle.
Onwuzurike has barely played since being the 41st pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He missed the entire 2022 season due to a long-standing back injury sustained on his first full-contact rep in training camp. The previous issue goes back several years for Onwuzurike to his earlier days at the University of Washington.
Head coach Dan Campbell offered a brief, sober update on the big DT and his ongoing back problems.
“We talked to him a few weeks ago, he’s doing well, rehab is going well,” Campbell said. via Dave Birkett of the Free Press, “But you don’t know now. You don’t know with the back. But I mean he’ll get a chance if the body will allow it.
It is that last phrase that is the troublesome part for Onwuzurike.