Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo says he’s “100-percent” recovered from the torn pectoral muscle that cut short his 2012 season.
“Health is great,” Orakpo said Friday evening on Comcast SportsNet during a guest appearance on Redskins Nation. “I’m good, man, I’m feeling great. Rehab has been going tremendously well. I’m 100-percent …to be honest, I’m great, man, my body is feeling even better than what it was before as far as conditioning and strength-wise. Because one thing when you get hurt is you get to work on all the little muscles that you have a tendency to [overlook].”
Orakpo originally injured his left shoulder/pectoral muscle in the 2011 season finale. He tweaked the injury during the 2012 preseason, then suffered a tear in a different part of the muscle while sacking Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in Week 2. A few days later, Orakpo had a second surgery in nine months.
“It was a freak accident,” Orakpo said. “It’s nothing you can control. Injuries happen in this game. We got hit with a lot of them last year and I was part of it. The fortunate thing is I don’t have a history of injuries, so I can bounce back from it and be fine."
Redskins players report to Ashburn on Monday for the start of the team’s offseason program. OTAs, meantime, are set to begin May 20.
Although Orakpo did not specifically say whether he expects to be a full participant, the original prognosis provided by Coach Mike Shananan was that Orakpo should be sufficiently recovered by February.
If Orakpo can once again become the pass-rushing threat he was prior to the injury that would be critical development for both the team and the player next season. Orakpo led the Redskins in sacks with nine in 2011. Meantime, the 26-year-old former two-time Pro Bowl selection is entering the final year of his contract.
“I’m anxious, that was the first time in my career I missed some games like this,” he said. “I’m not really an injury type of guy. Sitting out was very uncommon for myself. But I have some huge goals for myself this year, some huge goals for this team. I’m ready to wreak havoc. I’m ready to get my crown back as far as putting hell to these quarterbacks in the NFC East and all over the NFL.”
When Redskins Nation host Larry Michael jokingly reminded Orakpo that Tony Romo will be back under center for the Cowboys, Orakpo cracked a smile.
“That’s good,” he said. “Romo, what up man? Romo, Vick, Eli, I love it.”