Brian Orakpo Injury: Updates on Redskins Star's Pectoral Muscle

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IISeptember 17, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Linebacker Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after defeating the Arizona Cardinals at FedExField on September 18, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 22-21. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo injured his pectoral muscle in the team’s Week 2 loss to the St. Louis Rams and was unable to finish the game.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 3:33 p.m. ET

One day after it was announced that the Brian Orakpo would miss the remainder of the season, the Redskins formally placed him on injured reserve, according to Rotoworld's Staff.

"Redskins placed OLB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) on injured reserve, ending his season."


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 17, at 3:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The early reports on Brian Orakpo's injury were incorrect and the linebacker's pectoral muscle injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2012 season.

The Washington Redskins confirmed via Twitter that they would be without the pass rusher going forward this year.

Shanahan says #Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo tore a different part of his left pec, also done for the season (four month recovery time).

— Redskins (@Redskins) September 17, 2012

Orakpo is the team's best pass rusher, and it will be a struggle for the Redskins to replace him. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 17, at 2:45 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The injury to Brian Orakpo's pectoral muscle is not serious and he will likely not miss significant time.

Chris Russell of ESPN Radio 980 reported via Twitter that medical evaluations have been positive.

All indications r Orakpo is nothing major. As reported earlier, doctors could not find anything serious last night, encouraging signs 2day.

— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) September 17, 2012

As this is a recurring injury, the Redskins may choose to be cautious. But his most recent problem with the pectoral muscle is not a major setback. 

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The Washington Post’s Mark Maske reported the following on the pass rusher’s injury:

Reserve linebacker Rob Jackson said Monday that he spoke to Orakpo on Sunday evening and that it doesn’t appear that Orakpo will be able to play this week. Jackson said he and fellow backup linebacker Chris Wilson likely will play bigger roles when the Redskins host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Maske notes that this a recurring injury that started in the Redskins’ Week 17 game against the Philadelphia Eagles last season. The report states that Orakpo had surgery to repair a partial tear in the muscle in the offseason and missed time in the preseason due to the same injury.

Orakpo recorded 11 sacks in his rookie season after being taken with the 13th overall pick out of Texas in 2009. His sack total that season tied with Andre Carter for a team-high. 

He went on to lead the Redskins in sacks during both of the next two seasons, and was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2009 and 2010. 

Washington’s defense is coming off a performance where it allowed 31 points to the St. Louis Rams. The unit gave up 32 points to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.

Orakpo had one sack against St. Louis before aggravating his injury, and Washington as a team has four sacks in two games. The pass rush will be significantly less dangerous if Orakpo misses the team’s Week 3 game, as is expected.

Check back to this page for updates and information on the status of his injury.