Reporting Chuck Carroll
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Brian Orakpo says he’s feeling great these days. And that’s good news for the Washington Redskins who lost their starting outside linebacker for the year in Week 2 last season, courtesy of a torn pectoral muscle.
Orakpo, Washington’s first round pick in 2009, joined teammate Adam Carriker and I on 4th & Pain recently to give an update on his health following the team’s offseason programs.
“The pec is 100% healed,” Orakpo said. “It’s been a great offseason so far. I’ve been training and rehabbing extremely hard since I went down in September. I couldn’t feel any better. I’m ready to tear it up this year and get after the quarterback.”
Coincidentally, Carriker also suffered a season ending injury against the St. Louis Rams in Week 2 last year. It is a game both would rather forget and one Orakpo blames for the Redskins sluggish first half of the season.
“It was terrible,” he recalls. “That also contributed to us starting so slow with 3-6 and so many injuries we had. Once we went down, I felt like we let our teammates down, we let our fan base down.”
Orakpo is entering the final year of his rookie contract and has expressed interest in re-signing with the Redskins.