Lawrence Okoye injures knee in what could be final preseason game

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We take a look at Lawrence Okoye's performance against the Minnesota Vikings, and what his immediate future holds as the 49ers approach their first roster cuts.

49ers rookie defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye may have played his last 2013 preseason game on Sunday. The British Olympian played eight snaps, and on his final snap he suffered a knee injury and had to leave the game. According to media reports, Okoye was seen on crutches at the facility today, although last night he apparently did not think the injury was serious.

According to the media, Okoye would not be able to play on Thursday. Although it does not necessarily mark the end of the road for Okoye, it's a potentially disappointing close to this preseason. He still has a lot to learn about football technique, but in his third game, he managed to get on the stat sheet with a quarterback pressure. It came on what looked like a busted screen play. The offensive lineman moved out of the way to go out and block, and Okoye came untouched at the quarterback.

Nonetheless it still gets him on the stat sheet! He also might actually get credit for an assisted tackle on one play in which a running back ran into another guy and Okoye ended up involved in the tackle. He still struggled at times with leverage, but he showed off some strength, and gave us more positives.

The 49ers have to cut down to 75 players by 1 pm PT on Tuesday, and with this injury, the 49ers might decide to include Okoye in those cuts. The team has several players they are likely still assessing, and every roster spot can help. Okoye could still end up on the practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers, which seems like a strong possibility.

The question then will be if the 49ers are convinced he is far enough along, and has the ceiling worth spending one of only eight practice squad spots. It will be interesting to see how they decide to proceed with Okoye.

Below you can find the San Francisco 49ers' roster and the latest moves they are making to trim it down to 75 players before Tuesday's 1 p.m. PT deadline.

Players currently on roster: 84
QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Colt McCoy
QB B.J. Daniels
QB Seneca Wallace
QB Scott Tolzien

RB Frank Gore
RB Kendall Hunter
RB LaMichael James
RB Jewel Hampton
RB Marcus Lattimore
RB D.J. Harper

FB Bruce Miller
FB Anthony Dixon

WR Anquan Boldin
WR Marlon Moore
WR Quinton Patton
WR Kyle Williams
WR Jon Baldwin
WR Austin Collie
WR Lavelle Hawkins
WR Chad Hall
WR Kassim Osgood
WR Chuck Jacobs
WR Michael Crabtree
WR Mario Manningham
TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE MarQueis Gray

OT Joe Staley
OT Anthony Davis
OT Carter Bykowski
OT Kenny Wiggins
OT Patrick Omameh
OT Luke Marquardt

OG Alex Boone
OG Mike Iupati
OG Adam Snyder
OG Joe Looney
OG Wayne Tribue
OG Al Netter

C Jonathan Goodwin
C Daniel Kilgore
DL Justin Smith
DL Ray McDonald
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Will Tukuafu
DL Cornellius Darradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Demarcus Dobbs
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Lamar Divens
DL Mike Purcell

LB Patrick Willis
LB NaVorro Bowman
LB Michael Wilhoite
LB Nick Moody
LB Nate Stupar
LB Travis Johnson
LB Aldon Smith
LB Ahmad Brooks
LB Parys Haralson
LB Corey Lemonier
LB Dan Skuta
LB Cam Johnson
LB Joe Holland
CB Carlos Rogers
CB Tarell Brown
CB Chris Culliver
CB Tramaine Brock
CB Nnamdi Asomugha
CB Perrish Cox
CB Marcus Cooper
CB Darryl Morris
CB Eric Wright

S Donte Whitner
S Craig Dahl
S Eric Reid
S C.J. Spillman
S Trenton Robinson
S Darcel McBath
S Raymond Ventrone
S Michael Thomas

K Phil Dawson

P Andy Lee
P Colton Schmidt

LS Brian Jennings
LS Kevin McDermott

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