The Redskins coaching staff said it expects linebacker Brian Orakpo and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger to suit up for Sundays regular season opener in New Orleans.Orakpo has not played since August 8, when aggravated the surgically repaired pectoral muscle near his left shoulder while making a tackle against the Bears.Hes been practicing well, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said on Thursday afternoon. He had that one scare in the Chicago game, but I expect him to be ready to go.Orakpo said hell know more when he wakes up Friday morning after going through a padded practice Thursday afternoon.Lichtensteiger, meantime, should be able to return to the lineup after missing almost all of the preseason following a second surgical procedure on his right knee in 10 months, Coach Mike Shanahan.Shanahan also said its possible Lichtensteiger could start but be occasionally spelled backup Maurice Hurt if necessary.If theres no setback Shanahan said of Lichtensteigers availability. He had full practice Thursday and there was no setback. Hopefully theres none Friday.If Orakpo and Lichtensteiger suit up, that would leave strong safety Brandon Meriweather as the only starter on the active roster who has been ruled out for Sundays game at the Superdome. Meriweather is sidelined 2-4 weeks with two sprained ligaments in his left knee.Expect another update on Orakpo and Lichtensteiger following Fridays practice at Redskins Park.
Redskins training camp hasn't even officially started yet and there's already been some unecessary roughness down in Richmond.
No flags have been thrown, but plenty of other things likely were, thanks to a stretch of nasty weather that ripped through the area on Tuesday night (despite the damage, Scot McCloughan probably appreciated the storm's motor and physicality).
Here are some tweets and photos explaining the situation:
Wind and lightning wrecked Redskins' practice goalposts this week. No FGs today. New goalposts for camp later this week are probable.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 27, 2016
Repairs are underway. pic.twitter.com/0sDs3ls5vU— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 27, 2016
The NFL does tinker with the kicking game quite often these days and may even be considering adjusting the goalposts, but that second picture is a bit extreme. Luckily, it appears things are being handled quickly.
Speaking of kicking, has anyone seen Dustin Hopkins and made sure he knows those particular goalposts are bent only because of the storm and not because of a rule change? The poor guy may be filling out an application to T.J. Maxx after seeing those things.
Nigel Bradham, who signed with the Eagles this March after four years in Buffalo, turned himself into Miami police on Monday following a bizarre incident that occurred this past Thursday.
According to a report, the 26-year-old linebacker allegedly punched an employee at the Hilton Bentley hotel last week because he was upset at the worker for taking too long to bring an umbrella he had paid for. NBC 10 in Philadelphia also says that the employee had his head "smashed" with a glass bottle during the altercation.
The victim suffered a broken nose due to the punch and lacerations as a result of being hit with the bottle. He later identified Bradham in photographs on Friday.
The expected starter has reportedly been charged with aggravated assault (which is a second-degree felony) and has a court date set for Aug. 2.
"We are aware of the recent incident involving Nigel Bradham in Miami," the Eagles said in a statement. "We have been in contact with Nigel and the proper authorities. Due to the ongoing legal process, we will have no further comment at this time."
Philadelphia will host its first veterans practice on Thursday, and Bradham is expected to attend.
With conflicting rumors swirling around the Redskins interest in free agent Greg Hardy, ESPN's Adam Schefter said that Washington's pursuit of veteran sack master Dwight Freeney was more "realisitic."
"That would be a name more on the radar, more realistic than Greg Hardy," Schefter said of Freeney on ESPN980 on Wednesday morning (click here for full audio).
While 36-year-old Freeney is nearly a decade older than 27-year-old Hardy, the former Colts and Cardinals edge rusher had a much more productive 2015 season than Hardy did in Dallas.
Freeney logged eight sacks as a situational pass rusher last year in Arizona, where as Hardy recorded six sacks and seemed to be a constant disruption for the Cowboys.
Hardy's off-field troubles also must be pointed out, while Freeney has always been a defensive leader on a host of playoff teams.
Schefter went on to say that he believes something will happen with Freeney soon, either in Washington or elsewhere in the NFL.
Any move to bring in another edge rusher only makes sense for the Redskins now that Junio Galette is lost for the season due to an Achilles injury.