Dec 4, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (91) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Amobi Okoye Out After Knee Surgery

The defensive line is an area the Buccaneers are looking to significantly upgrade in 2013 and Amobi Okoye is a guy that they are hoping will provide some fire that was lacking last year.

Bucs defensive tackle Amobi Okoye had minor knee surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out until training camp. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)

Okoye hasn’t fully bloomed into the defensive tackle that he was touted to become when he was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He’s a guy that’s always showed flashes of being a stout defensive tackle but he wasn’t able to flourish in Houston and he couldn’t get a spark in Chicago during his one year with the Bears.

By the way, if you have any doubts about Okoye and his ability to become a staple on this line look at his resume. No it isn’t jam packed with NFL accomplishments but there are two things about him that fit this team to a tee.

First off Okoye is in his fifth season as a pro and he’s only 25. Secondly, Greg Schiano is employing a smart style of football in Tampa and Okoye is exactly a guy who can come out of nowhere and be a defensive leader. After all he graduated high school at the age of 15 and chose Louisville over Harvard.

Yes that’s right Amobi Okoye, the Bucs new tackle they got on the cheap almost went to Harvard — at the age of 15.

So the guy is insanely smart which means, in combination with his age, the ceiling he has is enormous. But like so many times before, Okoye is hitting a snag.

He elected to have minor knee surgery on Tuesday to repair some nagging injures and to prevent any further complications this season. All signs are pointing to Okoye being ready to start training camp with the Bucs in July but Schiano and company will be monitoring the situation closely.

With Da’Quan Bowers out with a torn achilles tendon and Brian Price still grieving the gruesome loss of his sites in a car accident, Okoye very well could be a starter when the season beings in September.

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