Washington Redskins star outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is an integral part of the Redskins defense, so it was a crushing blow for the team when he tore his pectoral muscle for the second time in nine months. Orakpo suffered this second severe injury in a game against the St. Louis Rams, and it was just the second game that Orakpo played in all year. The Week 2 injury came during a game in which Orakpo looked very good in, as he recorded three tackles and a sack- it was during the sack, in fact, that he suffered the injury. The Redskins placed Orakpo on the injured reserve and did not designate him for return.
They say that it is best to have two edge rushers working together, and that definitely holds true when you look at the Washington Redskins duo of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. They are young, talented, and do an excellent job of getting to the quarterback. Orakpo recorded 28.5 sacks in his first three NFL season, and he should be able to threaten for double digit sacks every year that he is healthy.
Orakpo told CSN Washington that his pectoral muscle is better and that he is 100% healthy and recovered from that injury, “I’m good, man, I’m feeling great. Rehab has been going tremendously well. I’m 100-percent …to be honest, I’m great, man, my body is feeling even better than what it was before as far as conditioning and strength-wise. Because one thing when you get hurt is you get to work on all the little muscles that you have a tendency to [overlook].”
He did not say whether not he will be a full participant in the Redskins OTAs on the 20th of May, but he is indeed fully recovered and will work in some capacity. I don’t think he will be a full participant, but we’ll see how things go. It’s great to hear that Orakpo is fully recovered, and the Redskins are no doubt happy to hear that things are going great for one of the league’s best outside linebackers (he is also stout against the run). Orakpo first tore his pectoral in the 2011 season finale, had a minor aggravation of it during the preseason in 2012, and then he tore it again after recording that aforementioned sack of Sam Bradford.
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