ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins are less than one week away from opening day and it looks like linebacker Brian Orakpo and offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger should be ready to go.
“Come Sunday, I should be ready to rock and roll,” Orakpo said. The 2009 first round draft pick has been ailing from an injury to his pectoral muscle. However, the preseason injury was not as serious as initially feared.
“I’m feeling good,” Orakpo added. ” (I) was able to go a full practice today. It’s still sore.”
Lichtensteiger, who underwent arthroscopic surgery early in training camp after tearing his ACL and MCL in 2011, says he’s ‘100 percent’ confident that he’ll be able to play in New Orleans. The Bowling Green State product did not play at all during the preseason.
“I’m taking these practices a little bit more seriously right now,” Lichtensteiger said.
Today was also the first time players were made available for comment following Friday’s cut down day.
Many of the “bubble” guys talked about how they were paying attention to what was going on. Aldrick Robinson said his wife was on Twitter and was letting him know, while Dezmon Briscoe said he wasn’t nervous at all. Brandon Banks made the team for the third year in a row and is looking forward to showing the Redskins what he can do when healthy.
“I always have the same confidence,” Banks said. “Just a different season. I think I’m a better player. Me being healthy helps me a lot.”
Also the first depth chart came out today and Evan Royster was listed as the number one running back in front of Roy Helu Jr. and Alfred Morris.
“I think they’re going to keep us in the dark until probably the day before the game,” Royster said.
“It’s the regular season now,” Royster added. “We’ve got to get down to business. We want to make the playoffs. We want to do big things here.”