Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo said he's encouraged that he'll be able to suit up Sunday in New Orleans after participating fully in each of the past three practices.
Orakpo aggravated his surgically repaired pectoral muscle against the Bears on August 18 and did not play in either of the teams final two exhibition games as a precaution.
When the Redskins visit the Saints on Sunday to kick off the regular season, though, he said his goal is to play.
I made it through practice the whole way around, Orakpo said of Mondays 90-minute session at Redskins Park. Friday, Saturday, I made it all the way through, too. So I feel like Im ready.
Asked if hes 100-percent recovered, he said hes close.
I would love to keep on this same progression and, hopefully, be 100-percent ready to go on Sunday, Orakpo added.
On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.
Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.
"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."
The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterwards, Cousins and a numbr of other players signed autographs.
"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."
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