ASHBURN – Per Mark Maske of The Washington Post – Redskin linebacker Brian Orakpo’s MRI on Sunday discovered “nothing serious at all,” according to his agent, Ben Dogra. Dogra added that his client will be able to-go in the regular season-opener. This comes as great news to the Redskins, who cannot afford to lose another defensive star – Defensive tackle Chris Neild was added to IR this past week because of a knee injury.
Washington Redskin coach Mike Shanahan and millions of Redskin fans held their collective breaths Saturday night as Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo clutched his shoulder, while rolling on the field in agony during the team’s second preseason game in Chicago.
The defensive leader re-injured his shoulder when he attempted to make a tackle with his left arm, while off-balance. Orakpo fell to the grass immediately, writhing in pain.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter Tweeted the following message first thing Sunday morning: “Washington LB Brian Orakpo is scheduled to undergo an MRI today on his shoulder but the Redskins don’t believe his injury is serious.”
Orakpo was later seen on television moving and rotating his shoulder on the Washington sideline, which allowed most to let out a long-awaited sigh of relief. Washington Redskin preseason sideline reporter Antwaan Randle El spoke with Orakpo, who said he felt a bit better towards the end of the game.
As of last night, the Redskins reported the injury as a “strained shoulder.” The former Texas Longhorn had surgery on that same shoulder this offseason after tearing his pectoral muscle.
Safety Brandon Meriweather was also helped off the field when, according to reports during the game, he “strained his ankle,” during a tackle. Neither player returned to the game. Stay tuned right here at GetRealFootball.com for further updates.
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