Charg­ers’ Okung sur­vived ‘near death’ ex­pe­ri­ence after blood clot in lung

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Jeff Miller, Los An­ge­les Times

Rus­sell Okung spent the open­ing day of Charg­ers train­ing camp Thurs­day mostly work­ing on his own, hours after re­veal­ing he re­cently sur­vived a “near death type ex­pe­ri­ence.”

In a so­cial me­dia post, the team’s start­ing left tackle wrote that he suf­fered a pul­monary em­bolism on June 1. The Charg­ers placed Okung on the non-foot­ball in­jury list Wed­nes­day.

“After ex­pe­ri­enc­ing un­usual chest pains at prac­tice ... I went to ur­gent care out of an abun­dance of cau­tion,” the post read. “Ac­cord­ing to the doc­tors who treated me, the de­ci­sion to do so likely saved my life.”

Okung didn’t speak with the me­dia fol­low­ing prac­tice, in­stead choos­ing to let his state­ment stand.

“All in­juries are se­ri­ous,” quar­ter­back Philip Rivers said. “But we’re used to the an­kles and knees and all those things. They are tough to deal with ... But this is even ... It’s one of those silent-and-deadly deals.”

Okung wrote that the em­bolism was caused by blood clots. He added that, when de­tected early, the condition is “very treat­able.” A pul­monary em­bolism oc­curs when an artery in the lungs is blocked by a blood clot.

The Charg­ers do not have a timetable for Okung’s re­turn and are pre­par­ing for the prospect that he could miss at least train­ing camp, which runs through Aug. 16 in Costa Mesa.

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