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Old 08-08-2006, 04:32 PM   #1
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Unhappy Chucki Okobi Diagnosed with Slipped Disc

Reported on Mark Madden via a call from an ESPN Radio rep at training camp. His season and his career are reportedly in jeopardy.
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Old 08-08-2006, 04:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: Chucki Okobi Diagnosed with Slipped Disc

Jesus! thats going to hurt our depth at center a lot. Heres hoping he makes a speedy recovery
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Old 08-08-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Chucki Okobi Diagnosed with Slipped Disc

Thankfully we drafted Philip and he looked damn good when I saw him this past Saturday. I've also heard a few praise him in the local media. We still might have to go out and sign a big body.
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Horrible. Just horrible. Marvin Phillips is now in the spotlight.
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ouch! this isnt good. especially on passing on a potential 10 -15 year starter in nick mangold for a wr. hopefully we dont need okolbi this year (he still isnt better than hartings) and he will be ready to go when hartings retires (next year). marvin philip could possibly step in, in a crunch, and hold the fort down if hartings gets injured.
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Default Re: Chucki Okobi Diagnosed with Slipped Disc

They also just broke the story on KDKA news.

Cowher: "It does not look good.".

Reporter's question: "Season ending or career ending?"

Cowher: "It could be both."

Herniated disc and numbness down his arm.
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Oh dear - you gotta hate these season ending injuries regardless of team loyalty - lets hope it isnt a career ender - be a horrible way to go out.

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I agree, LITP. Awww... That's too bad about Okobi. I, too, hope he makes a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Chucki!
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shame on me for thinking of the contract extension we just gave him and the money tied up (but when you hear "career ending" you tend to think that)

any word on whether this was something that was progressing or a practice related injury?
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Default Re: Chucki Okobi Diagnosed with Slipped Disc

Steelers center Okobi injured, career in jeopardy
Tuesday, August 08, 2006

By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chukky Okobi, who has been groomed for five years to be the heir apparent to Jeff Hartings at center, could have a herniated disk in his neck that could end his playing career.

Coach Bill Cowher termed the injury "very significant" and said Okobi could have surgery this morning. Okobi, 27, has been held out of some contact drills since last week and started feeling a tingling sensation down his arm Monday night.

"So we had him checked out," Cowher said.

Asked if the injury is career-threatening as well as season-ending, Cowher said, "It could be both."

Cowher said he did not know if Okobi was injured on a particular play or if the injury was cumulative damage. Okobi practiced in both sessions on Monday, but did not take part in yesterday's afternoon practice at Saint Vincent College.

"It's hard to say if it was any one hit," Cowher said.

Okobi was unavailable for comment.

Okobi's injury could clear the way for rookie Marvin Philip, a sixth-round draft choice, to make the team.
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