Cowboys release Okoye, trying to return from brain condition

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who was drafted by Houston as a teenager and hasn't played since 2012 as he attempts to come back from a brain condition.

The former top-10 pick was cleared to practice last August after spending a year recovering from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, which causes brain swelling. But the 27-year-old Okoye never played for the Cowboys, spending last season on the non-football injury list before Wednesday's release.

The Texans took Okoye with the 10th overall pick in 2007 when he was 19, making him the youngest NFL draft choice since 1967. He spent four years with Houston and two with Chicago, where he last played in 2012.

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