Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said he expects to be full-go once training camp begins a week from now.
Orakpo, the teams leader in sacks each of the past three seasons, underwent surgery on his left shoulder in January after he was injured in the season finale. Like many of his teammates who are coming off injuries, Orakpo did not participate fully in last months minicamp at Redskins Park.
Im one hundred percent ready to go, Orakpo said Tuesday at his second annual youth football camp in Fairfax. In OTAs and minicamp, we kind of got held out because there was no point in reinjuring anything. But once training camp starts, I should be full-go.
Orakpo suffered injuries to his shoulder and pectoral muscle while sacking Eagles quarterback Michael Vick late in the second quarter Jan. 1. Dr. James Andrews operated on Orakpo about a week later.
Although months of rehab slowed his usual offseason conditioning program, Orakpo said hes managed to make up for lost time particularly in the conditioning and weight training areas in recent weeks.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection also said he focused on preparing for the double-teams hell no doubt continue to attract.
That preparation, he said, included work on technique, footwork and hours studying film.
Ive been preparing for that, he said. Rushing on my own, doing different things, trying to get acclimated to have two bodies on me instead of just one. When you talk to rushers from around the league, were always trying to fine-tune our skills. We watch every game from last season and try to see what we can do to get better.
The Redskins may have a roster hole to fill at center and according to a report they are set to sign a veteran to do the job.
The Redskins are going to sign John Sullivan, who was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
The 31-year-old Sullivan missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
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Kory Lichtensteiger was placed on injured reserve due to a calf injury he sustained against the Giants on Sunday. Jay Gruden described Lichtensteiger’s situation as “week to week” during his press conference on Monday.
The Redskins will have to make a roster move when the do sign Sullivan, whether it’s Lichtensteiger to IR or something else.
If Lichtensteiger does go on injured reserve it will be the second consecutive year on the shelf for him. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, Lichtensteiger would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.
Injuries racked the Redskins on Sunday, none more severe than the torn ACL sustained by safety DeAngelo Hall.
His injury, along with the ankle injury to Bashaud Breeland, leaves the secondary with some holes.
Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that the team will look to bring in some players to help.
"We’ll probably need another one for depth purposes," Gruden said of a secondary player.
Enter Josh Evans, a sixth-round pick out of Florida that played the last three years with the Jaguars.
In 36 starts for the Jags, Evans piled up 145 tackles to go with five passes defensed and three fumble recoveries.
Evans also has good size at 6-foot-1, 207 lbs., a trait Scot McCloughan likes in his secondary. One more thing working for Evans: versatility. He played both strong and free safety positions in Jacksonville.
A workout does not mean a signing, and with the Redskins having to juggle moves along the offensive line in addition to the secondary, there could be a lot of players in and out of Ashburn this week and the coming weeks.
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