Brian Orakpo left today's game against the Titans in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. Head Coach Jay Gruden said the injury was to Orakpo's right pectoral during his postgame presser. Orakpo previously injured his left pectoral in 2011 and 2012. Both injuries ended his season, and that is the fear with this latest injury. He will have an MRI tomorrow to determine how serious the injury is, and if he will need require surgery. Even a partial tear could put him on the IR list, ending his season and possibly his Redskins career.
The Washington Redskins did not sign Orakpo to a long term deal this year when he was a free agent. They instead chose to use the franchise tag on him, keeping his rights for another year and paying him $11.455 million this season. There were reportedly a lot of concerns inside Redskins Park about offering Orakpo a big money, long term deal. He had the previous injury history, along with other question marks. If Orakpo ends up on IR this season, it will be interesting to see what kind of deal Orakpo is offered next season from the Redskins, or other teams. Terrible news for Orakpo, but the Redskins will have to move on look to their 2nd Round rookie OLB Trent Murphy for the rest of the season.
Gruden said Orakpo's injury was the only "significant" one.— Chuck Carroll (@TheChuckCarroll) October 19, 2014
The body language from some of the #Redskins' people when talking about Orakpo's pec injury wasn't good. Curious to hear results of MRI.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 19, 2014
Brian Orakpo's previous two pectoral injuries (both tears) were on his left side. This is a right pectoral muscle injury. #Redskins— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 19, 2014
The concern with Orakpo is whether or not he suffered a torn right pec and will require surgery. Obviously he'll undergo more tests.— John Keim (@john_keim) October 19, 2014
There is concern that Orakpo might have suffered even a partial tear of the right pec. But clearly don't know for sure yet. Find out Monday— John Keim (@john_keim) October 19, 2014