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Brian Orakpo: "It finally sunk in"


Brian Orakpo: "It finally sunk in"

Brian Orakpo was ruled out for the season midway through last month with a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in Week 2.

The realization that he wasn't coming back, though, didn’t hit the former two-time Pro Bowler until he returned to Redskins Park in recent days to begin an arduous 4-6 month rehabilitation process.

“It’s not a situation where I’m going to come back and play,” Orakpo said in his first public comments since prior to the Redskins' game in St. Louis on Sept. 16. “But I want to be around and show that I care, show all the support and [give] all the help I can.”

He added: “It’s not something I’m accustomed to. It finally sunk in.”

Orakpo said teammates and coaches have been instrumental in helping him get over the disappointment. But it was a switch that flipped in his head this week that’s allowed him to begin moving forward.

“It was just the realization that I’m not coming back,” he said. “I would love to come back and help any way I can, but the facts are the facts. I’m out for the season. It’s something I have to deal with.”

Orakpo originally injured his left pectoral in the final game of 2011 and had surgery to repair the muscle in the offseason. He aggravated the injury in the preseason and then reinjured the pectoral while making a tackle against the Rams. The linebacker had surgery late last month.

“It just wasn’t right,” he said. “You could see as I had my [ice] wraps and different stuff to kind of compensate for the pain I was going through. It wasn’t right, but I was trying to go out there and play, do what I can. And it tore on me. It’s a physical, violent game that we play.”

Orakpo attended Sunday’s 38-26 victory over Minnesota. It wasn’t a flawless performance for the defense, but Orakpo singled out Lorenzo Alexander and the rest unit for putting away the Vikings in the fourth quarter.

“I think they are doing a great job handling adversity and, last week, being able to finish the game when the Vikings were making a run to get back into the game,” Orakpo said. “They were able to close it out.”

If Orakpo does not encounter any setbacks, he could be return for OTAs and minicamp. Right now, though, Orakpo is trying not to look too far ahead.

“I’m just going to get the best rehab and best treatment I can,” he said, “better my body and get ready for next year.”

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Kirk Cousins recovers from sloppy first quarter, throws three TD's against Bills

Kirk Cousins recovers from sloppy first quarter, throws three TD's against Bills

FEDEX FIELD - Kirk Cousins' night is likely over and the Redskins quarterback experienced a tale of two quarters. He struggled early, but recovered well, going 12 of 23 for 188 yards and three touchdowns to go with one interception. 

One week after a surprise healthy scratch against the Jets, Cousins looked rusty early in the game against Buffalo. The Redskins first drive ended when Cousins threw a ball late to the outside and the result was an interception. In fact, in the first quarter, Cousins completed just three of nine passes for 17 yards to go with the pick.

In the second quarter, Cousins and the 'Skins offense started clicking. The Redskins QB connected on a deep ball to DeSean Jackson, who made a few nifty moves to add yards after the catch. A few plays later, Cousins found Ryan Grant and the receiver also made a nice move, veering in towards the goal post from the sideline, en route to the end zone.

On their next possession, Cousins and the Redskins offense did not look great, but the Bills defense handed the Skins opportunity after opportunity with repeated penalties. Eventually, Cousins made them pay, hooking up on a 20-yard touchdown to tight end Jordan Reed.

After a late fumble recovery by Greg Toler, Cousins got one more possession with less than two minutes in the second quarter. Despite a few more penalties marring the pace of the game, Cousins found Pierre Garçon in the corner of the end zone for a TD with 31 seconds left in the half. 

Not a bad night for Kirk - three TDs in one quarter, thrown to three different receivers. At the half, the Redskins lead the Bills 21-6.


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Morgan Moses is third key Redskin to exit game vs. Bills due to injury

Morgan Moses is third key Redskin to exit game vs. Bills due to injury

FEDEX FIELD — The hits keep coming for the Redskins in their third preseason game. After losing linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and running back Keith Marshall earlier in the contest, the team's PR announced right tackle Morgan Moses will miss the remainder of the game with a left ankle injury.

Moses seemed to be struggling while he was in the game, getting beat off the line of scrimmage by former Redskins and current Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander.

When Moses left the game, Ty Nsekhe replaced him at right tackle. The last two weeks Nsekhe played left tackle with Trent Williams on the shelf. 

Moses, a third-year tackle out of Virginia, started all 16 games last season as the right bookend. 


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Redskins RB Keith Marshall leaves game vs. Bills with injury

Redskins RB Keith Marshall leaves game vs. Bills with injury

FEDEX FIELD -- Losing ground in the battle for the second-string running back spot with fellow rookie Robert Kelley, 7th-round draft pick Keith Marshall exited the Redskins preseason game Friday against the Bills with what the team is calling a left elbow injury.

The team said he will undergo x-rays on the elbow. He returned to the field later in the first quarter with his elbow wrapped.

Marshall went to the ground awkwardly on a run play, and he looked to be in a lot of pain. Trainers came out quickly to tend to the runner, and he was escorted to the bench with his left arm held gingerly.


In the first two preseason games, Marshall played 29 snaps. Against the Falcons in the first preseason game, he had five carries for -1 rushing yards. In the second preseason tilt against the Jets, Marshall had 10 carries for 26 yards.

Kelley ran the ball well early for the Redskins, already distancing himself in the race to backup injured starter Matt Jones.

UPDATE 26 AUGUST 2016, 8:19 P.M.

Marshall is out with an elbow sprain.