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Brian Orakpo: "It finally sunk in"

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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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New RedskinsTalk Podcast - Injury trouble emerges after Giant win

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New RedskinsTalk Podcast - Injury trouble emerges after Giant win

The Redskins got a win - and we got JP Finlay talking with Rich Tandler, Barstool Nate and Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer previewing the Browns in our next RedskinsTalk podcast. 

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Redskins Playbook: Lots of moving parts with injuries on O-line, secondary

Redskins Playbook: Lots of moving parts with injuries on O-line, secondary

Significant injuries to the Redskins offensive line and defensive secondary will cause a number of position changes for the Redskins. When Washington gets on the practice field Wednesday at 1 p.m., and rain or shine, the team will look different after losing Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland. Here's what we'll be watching:

  1. Who's at left guard - Injuries to Lauvao and Lichtensteiger have a serious domino effect on the Redskins offensive line. Spencer Long is the backup to both men, and with the former Cornhusker at center, means left guard doesn't have a natural backup. Arie Kouandjio has been working for more than a year to be ready to play guard for Washington, and he might get the chance. The 'Skins also signed center John Sullivan, last of the Vikings, to the team on Tuesday. If and when Sullivan can get ready, he could allow Jay Gruden to move Long to guard.
  2. Corner store - Breeland's injury is not as severe as the offensive linemen's, and perhaps more important to the team, there is better depth at corner. Rookie Kendall Fuller is likely to see his first game action this Sunday against Cleveland, and the 'Skins can count on Greg Toler and Quinton Dunbar to have increased roles with Breeland out. Watching Fuller work in with the defense will be very interesting to see, as he's been working with the scout team for much of the early season.
  3. Safety button - D-Hall out for the year is a blow for Washington — no way around it. But expect lots more Will Blackmon at that spot. And Duke Ihenacho and even Deshazor Everett can provide increased snaps.

For live updates check out @JPFinlayCSN from the practice fields. 

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