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Dallas Cowboys release tackle Amobi Okoye

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Amobi Okoye spent the 2013 season on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Amobi Okoye spent the 2013 season on the reserve/non-football illness list. Star-Telegram

Amobi Okoye's comeback bid with the Dallas Cowboys has ended, as the team announced they released the former first-round pick on Wednesday.

Okoye joined the Cowboys in May 2014 after missing the 2013 season with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, an autoimmune disease that caused him to drop 78 pounds at one point. He put back on weight and muscle, though, and was cleared to practice in October. But the Cowboys never activated off the reserve/ non-football illness list last season.

Okoye will look for an opportunity with another team, as he continues his attempt to become the first player to return from the disease.

Okoye, 27, was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 10th overall pick in 2007 out of Louisville, and spent his first four seasons with the team. He spent the 2011 season with the Chicago Bears, the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Bucs and returned to the Bears in 2012.

Okoye has 16 career sacks, along with three forced fumbles and six passes defended, in 87 career games (59 starts).

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