The Falcons’ second selection in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft has been beset by a bum wheel, it seems. Foyesade Oluokun, the rookie linebacker from Yale who has raised some eyebrows during OTAs on both defense and special teams did not practice on Wednesday due to a nondescript toe injury.
Per Kelsey Conway, Dan Quinn had little to say about the nature, extent or cause of the injury in his post-practice presser:
Rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun has a toe injury and didn’t practice today, Coach Quinn had no further update on it— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) June 13, 2018
Oluokun doesn’t have a Twitter account, so the Falcoholic Medical Investigators were unable to lurk for more insight (Updated: this man is as difficult to find on Twitter as news on his injury, but he’s at @Foyelicious.)
Foye Oluokun appears primed to fulfill the role recently vacated by LaRoy Reynolds, logging a sprinkling of defensive snaps and doing the bulk of his heavy lifting on special teams. That can change, of course, depending on the growth—or lack thereof—of second-year linebacker Duke Riley. If Oluokun begins eating into Riley’s playing time it means something has gone terribly awry or Foye has absolutely blown the doors off—perhaps a combination of both. Either way, it’s far too soon to pencil him in as much more than a special teamer and reserve at this stage, but an injury that potentially robs him of defensive reps won’t help his case for increased run at linebacker.
Toe injuries are obviously concerning given their tendency to linger and the ease to which they’re re-aggravated, so hopefully he was held out of practice as a mere precautionary measure.
We should have a firmer update on Foye‘s status later in the week.