Cowboys' Okoye overcame rare syndrome, coma

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is returning to play after a rare disease that caused him to fall into a coma.

Okoye just recently received medical clearance.

“It’s a blessing every day,” Okoye told the Dallas Morning News. “You count your blessings. Your faith gets tested. I am happy to be back doing what I love to do.”

Okoye hasn't played since the 2012 season due to anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, an autoimmune syndrome that is normally fatal. It causes brain inflammation brought on by antibodies interfering with cell communication and causing neuronal damage.

Okoye had dealt with seizures in 2013. He also dealt with memory loss.

“Anything involving the brain, we’re obviously going to make sure how he’s doing, so he’s doing neuro-site testing just like everyone else would, trying to create baselines,” Cowboys head athletic trainer Jim Maurer said. “He’s not ready to get in the game yet. But he’s taking these baby steps to come back.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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