Brian Orakpos agent said that the injury to the shoulder area the Redskins linebacker suffered against the Bears on Saturday is nothing serious and he should be able to play in the regular season opener.In the first quarter, Orkakpo reached out to try to tackle Bears receiver Devin Hester and fell to the ground in apparent pain. He left the game and did not return.And MRI was taken today and Ben Dogra, Orakpos agent, said that the injury was minor. Hell be ready for the opener, said Dogra.There was extra concern over the situation because Orakpo had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscoe on his left side in January.Orakpo wasnt the only defensive starter to leave the Chicago game early. Safety Brandon Meriweather left with an apparent knee injury. He also is scheduled to have an MRI.
The Redskins’ injury report is looking a little better today, three days away from their game against the Eagles.
DE Chris Baker (ankle), CB Will Blackmon (concussion), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle), C Spencer Long (concussion) didn't practice today. That is a substantial reduction of the number of players who were out of practice on Wednesday.
Going from out yesterday to limited participants today were S Donte Whitner (illness), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), and DE Anthony Lanier (leg).
Also limited were TE Derek Carrier (knee), ILB Will Compton (hip), TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and OLB Preston Smith (groin).
A player moving from out of practice to limited is no guarantee that he will be able to participate come Sunday but it’s a step in the right direction.
On area of concern is the offensive line. Three players who started against the Cardinals have not practiced this week. One was Nsekhe and he already was headed to the bench after the return of Trent Williams from suspension.
According to Jay Gruden, the line will have enough bodies even if Long, Nsekhe, and Lauvao are out. Second year guard Arie Kouandjio would start at guard and John Sullivan, who finished up after Long left the game on Sunday, would be the starting center. They could activate Kory Lichtensteiger from injured reserve to back up guard and center and Vinston Painter would be the backup tackle.
It appears that Reed is making progress from the AC joint separation he suffered in his left shoulder on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.
“He looked good out there today,” said Gruden. “He’s still a little sore. Right now I have absolutely no idea (if he will play).”
After missing the Redskins 31-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a left shoulder injury, tight end Jordan Reed sounds like he will return this Sunday in Philadelphia.
"I feel confident," Reed said of playing against the Eagles.
The injury came in the first half against the Cowboys on Thanskgiving Day. Reed went up high to try and grab a Kirk Cousins' pass in the end zone. The ball fell incomplete, and Reed landed hard on his shoulder. The diagnosis was bad: an AC joint sprain. Even with that, Reed returned in the second half against the Cowboys and caught two touchdowns.
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Last week, Reed did not practice once and the team ruled their star tight end out for the Cardinals game on Friday. This week, facing a division foe in the Eagles, Reed said he's feeling much better and the range of motion in the shoulder has improved significantly.
"Today I just felt a lot better. It's painful but something I can deal with," Reed said. "I'm pretty good with range of motion, I almost got all my range of motion back."
While Reed is still fighting through a lot of pain, he practiced on Thursday in a limited role. Going through practice while the media was present, Reed looked athletic and fluid going through drills, but also seemed to show discomfort in between reps.
"He looked good today, but we'll see," Washington coach Jay Gruden said of his tight end.
The coach did not express the same confidence that Reed would play Sunday as the 'Skins look to halt a two-game skid.
"I have absolutely no idea," Gruden said. "But it is good to see him out here running and catching the ball."
Faith plays an important role for Reed, just as it did coming back from a concussion earlier this year. Reed proved his willingness to play through pain when he returned for the second half in Dallas.
"It's definitely some worries," Reed said about pushing through the pain. "I just leave it in God's hands and I just go out there and do my job."
He's made clear that the shoulder is still hurting him, but that he is willing to fight through that to be on the field with his teammates.
"We can't predict that or guess how he actually feels come game time," Gruden said of Reed. "Ultimately, it will be his call."
On the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns.
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