Okung says he’s re­turn­ing to Charg­ers, months af­ter blood clot in lung

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

COSTA MESA — The Los An­ge­les Charg­ers fi­nally re­ceived good news re­gard­ing when Rus­sell Okung an­nounced he was re­turn­ing.

The team’s start­ing left tackle had been out since June af­ter suf­fer­ing a pul­monary em­bolism, a blood clot in his lung.

He re­mains on the non­foot­ball ill­ness list. Once Okung prac­tices, the Charg­ers have three weeks to ac­ti­vate him.

In a so­cial me­dia post Thurs­day morn­ing, Okung called his road back “an in­tense bat­tle” and wrote that he would be “back to foot­ball as early as Week 7.”

The Charg­ers (2-4) play at Ten­nessee on Sun­day.

Okung and the Charg­ers also re­worked his con­tract in or­der to give him the op­por­tu­nity to earn his en­tire sched­uled 2019 salary of $13 mil­lion.

Trent Scott, an un­drafted player out of Gram­bling State in his sec­ond sea­son, has been start­ing in Okung’s ab­sence.

Also on Thurs­day, the Charg­ers placed wide re­ceiver Travis Ben­jamin on in­jured re­serve be­cause of a quadri­ceps is­sue. To fill the open ros­ter spot, they re-signed de­fen­sive tackle T.Y. McGill.

Ben­jamin has had a prob­lem with dropped passes this sea­son. In five games, he had six re­cep­tions for 30 yards.

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