While most players will be able to enjoy the rest and relaxation that comes with the opening few weeks of the offseason, for some it can be the start of a painful part of the year. For those who were dealing with injuries significant enough to require postseason surgery, it is often the time they will be scheduled to go under the surgeons knife.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, it would appear that one of those players is rookie offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor in 2019 after he posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed following surgery on Friday.
Surgery was a success now time to recover pic.twitter.com/PDHRGx9fpD— Chukwuma Okorafor (@Chuks__76) January 18, 2019
Although there has been no official word on the procedure he had done, it seems reasonable to assume from the photograph that is was related to his right shoulder. It is also worth noting that the rookie tackle missed some time during training camp with a shoulder problem and was mentioned in an injury roundup by Mike Tomlin after a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers as needing evaluation for a shoulder issue.
With Okorafor reporting the surgery was successful, hopefully he can be fully healed by the time training camp opens in July, even if he is still limited during OTA’s that can begin as early as April 15.
The rookie lineman is not the only name to have undergone surgery this offseason after wide receiver Ryan Switzer confirmed he had received ankle surgery earlier in the month.