The Bears' decision to bring back Okoye might be related to recent injuries suffered at the defensive tackle position to starters Henry Melton (shoulder) and Stephen Paea (foot/shoulder). Melton hurt his shoulder in the first half of the Bears' 21-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but he eventually returned to the field for a brief time, while Paea was inactive. Paea had been playing though a separated shoulder before he injured his foot.
This marks Okoye's third stint with the club since he signed as a free agent two offseasons ago. Okoye appeared in all 16 games and made one start for the Bears last season, recording 27 tackles and four sacks. Okoye headed to Tampa Bay last offseason before he suffered a knee injury that eventually led to his release at the end of the preseason. Okoye landed back in Chicago where the Bears kept him on their 53-man roster until waiving him Nov. 27.
Okoye spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Houston Texans, who selected him No. 10 overall in the 2007 NFL draft.