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Chargers LT Russell Okung Says Blood Clots Caused Pulmonary Embolism; Says He’ll Be Back

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung is going to be okay, and that’s the great news – but the news that he shared with Bolts fans on Thursday was downright scary.

Okung revealed via Twitter that he suffered a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots. He said that he’ll be back when the doctors say that he’s able.

“When detected early, this condition is very treatable and I’m grateful to have access to the best available care as I continue on the path to full recovery,” Okung said in his statement.

“I’m very grateful to my teammates, coaches and the entire Chargers organization for their care, support and understanding during this challenging situation. Thanks to an incredible medical team and a very supportive family, I hope to be back on the field as quickly as possible.”

The 31-year-old veteran lineman said he discovered the condition on a trip to urgent care on June 1st after experiencing unusual chest pain at practice, and that according to doctors who treated him, the decision likely saved his life.

For now the team placed Okung on the active, non-football illness list, which means he still counts against the 90-man roster.

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