August 23, 2019

Brian Orakpo feels like he has nothing to prove to Washington Redskins

Redskins LB Brian Orakpo can only watch from sidelines in Week 2 loss to Rams. (Photo Courtesy of Brian Murphy)

Redskins LB Brian Orakpo can only watch from sidelines in Week 2 loss to Rams. (Photo Courtesy of Brian Murphy)

The deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals has come and gone and Brian Orakpo’s future with the Washington Redskins remains uncertain. The franchise tag will keep him in D.C. for this season, but beyond that there is plenty of reason to wonder if Orakpo will remain here in the future.

Orakpo was a first-round draft pick in 2009 when he was selected by the Washington Redskins and is a three-time Pro Bowler. The problem, however, is money. [Read more…]

What drafting Trent Murphy does and does not tell us about the Redskins

As a 3-13 team, the Washington Redskins entered the 2014 NFL Draft with a laundry list of needs. Their first pick, however, was for a player who plays the same position as Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.

What gives?

Offensive line, nose tackle, inside linebacker, cornerback and safety are all positions of need, but instead the Redskins went for Trent Murphy, an outside linebacker out of Stanford.

Drafting one of the few positions in which the team did not have a pressing need has caused wild speculation over the motive for the pick. Let’s look at what drafting Murphy actually tells us and what it doesn’t:

What it does tell us:

The Redskins are serious about improving their pass rush.

After the Shanahans were booted, the defensive staff paraded around the media much like in The Wizard of Oz singing the “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.”

Evidently Mike Shanahan “handcuffed” the defense and all the talk has been on how defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will be able to improve the pass rush this year.

Murphy led the nation in sacks in his senior season with 15. Pass rush is definitely his strength.  Even though he will backup Orakpo and Kerrigan, there are packages that call for three outside linebackers and it is likely Murphy will see some playing time this season.

By drafting a pass rushing specialist, it shows all the talk about improving the pass rush were not just idle words.

The Redskins do not expect to keep both Orakpo and Kerrigan

The Redskins placed the franchise tag on Orakpo that is good for only one year. Kerrigan’s current deal will expire at the end of the 2015 season. Both are very good players and both will want significant long-term deals when their current one’s expire.

Keeping them both may just be too expensive.

Murphy is not going to be ready to start by opening day, but the long-term plan is for him to be ready to start by next season. Think David Amerson.

Amerson was the team’s second round pick last season, one year before Josh Wilson’s deal expired. Amerson was not expected to start, but was expected to play and develop into a starter by year two. This is exactly what they are hoping for Murphy.

The second round is too high to draft someone who’s ceiling is as a depth player. A team is not going to draft a player that high if they do not believe he can develop into a starter. A 3-13 team with as many needs as the Redskins is not going to draft a player if they do not believe they will have any use for him in the near future.

The Redskins expect Murphy to start for them and they expect it to be in place of either Orakpo or Kerrigan.

What it does not tell us:

The Redskins are switching back to a 4-3 defense 

When Haslett was first brought in as defensive coordinator, it was to build the 3-4 defense in Washington. The Redskins could have sent Haslett packing with the rest of Shanahan’s staff at the end of the 2013 season, but he was retained.

Haslett isn’t coming back just to blow up the defense he spent the last four years building. If the team wanted to do something that drastic they would have hired someone else to do it.

With all due respect to Murphy, if you believe one second round pick is enough to suddenly morph this defense into a 4-3, you’re grossly overvaluing him.

There’s a difference between being a team’s first pick and a first round pick. Yes, Murphy was the Redskins’ first pick this season, but he’s still a second round pick and his inclusion on the roster doesn’t instantly make the defense 4-3 ready.

Fans are massively inflating his value because he was the team’s first pick, but really it is where he was taken overall that is more indicative of the type of player he is projected to be.

Three outside linebackers were taken in the first round and two more in the second before Murphy; if teams thought Murphy would be ready to start opening day in 2014, he would have been drafted much higher.

Could he dazzle at training camp and show the team he is ready to start? Sure, but even if he does the team won’t decide to change their entire base defense mid-training camp. Unless he out performs Orakpo or Kerrigan, he will still be below them in the depth chart.

These sorts of draft surprises are the exception, not the norm. The Redskins would not bet their entire defensive playbook in the hopes they had found one of those hidden gems.

If the Houston Texans aren’t going to switch to the 4-3 for Jadeveon Clowney, the Redskins aren’t for Murphy.

Murphy will switch to inside linebacker

Inside linebacker is a bigger need for the Redskins and outside linebacker has the word ‘linebacker’ in it. It’s right there in the back. So switching from outside linebacker to inside linebacker can’t possibly be that hard. That has to be the plan for Murphy, right? Move him to the inside?

Switching from outside to inside is possible, but it’s not as simple as one might think. The pass rushing and coverage responsibilities of the two positions are very different.

Murphy also never played inside in college, he’s always been on the outside. A position switch from college to the NFL is not unheard of, but it doesn’t really make sense in this case given Murphy’s strengths as a player.

The main difference between the two positions is that the outside linebacker’s primary function is as a pass rusher, while the inside linebacker is a run stuffer. This is a ridiculously simplistic description, but if you boiled down the positions to a single function, those would be it.

As I said before, Murphy’s strength is as pass rusher. Drafting someone who fits so well on the outside with the plan of switching him to the inside would be a massive gamble.

The next inside linebacker taken in the draft after Murphy came in the third round, 26 picks later. There were no inside linebackers good enough to take at that point in the draft. If there had been, I think the Redskins likely would have taken one.

Yes, there are questions as to whether Perry Riley and Keenan Robinson are the long-term answers on the inside, but Murphy is not in Washington to answer those questions.

Redskins use franchise designation on Orakpo

The Washington Redskins used their limited franchise tag on OLB Brian Orakpo, announced via team press release. The limited designation means Orakpo can continue to negotiate as a free agent and if the offer is matched, the signing team forfeits two first round picks to the Redskins.

From the press release:

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Orakpo (6-4, 257) led the Redskins in sacks for the fourth time in his five-year career in 2013, returning after sustaining a season-ending injury in Week 2 of the 2012 season. Last season he finished with 70 tackles (47 solo), double-digit sacks (10) and had his first interception of his career against Chicago, which he returned 29 yards for his first career touchdown.

Orakpo was originally selected by the Redskins in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. For his career, he has appeared in 64 regular season games, all starts, compiling 283 tackles (195 solo), 39.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception returned for a touchdown. His 39.5 sacks rank fifth on the Redskins all-time sack list.

Orakpo, 27, played collegiately at Texas from 2004-08, posting 132 tackles (93 solo), 22 sacks, 38 tackles for a loss, 62 pressures, six passes defensed, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. During his senior year in 2008, he garnered several accolades including the Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defensive player), Lombardi Award (nation’s top lineman), Hendricks Award (nation’s top defensive end), unanimous first-team All-America and All-Big 12 selections and consensus Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Trent Williams named to Pro Bowl

Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl, his second in a row, the league announced Friday.

Williams, 25, is in his third season as an offensive captain for the Redskins. He has remained among the league’s top offensive tackles in his first four full season since being selected No. 4 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

WR Pierre Garcon, CB DeAngelo Hall, RB Alfred Morris and LB Brian Orakpo were named as alternatives.

This season, the actual rosters for the Pro Bowl will be selected “draft style” by winners of a fantasy football contest instead of the traditional AFC-NFC matchup.

Washington Redskins Game 6 Review: Skins beat Bears in shootout 45-41

So far this season, fans, media and the team itself have been waiting for Robert Griffin III to truly look like the dynamic playmaker they saw last season. Sunday, against the injury-depleted Chicago Bears, Griffin looked his best yet, leading the Washington Redskins to a huge 45-41 win over the Bears, to raise their record to 2-4 before heading off to a showdown with the Broncos in Denver next weekend.

Griffin threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-29 passing, but he looked his best all season running with the ball, carrying 11 times for 84 yards, much from the read-option formation. On the second play from scrimmage, Griffin called his own number and burst around right end for 23 yards and continued to run the keeper all day long. That first drive ended up with a 38-yard Kai Forbath field goal, but it set the precedent for what the Skins offense would do all afternoon.

The Bears took advantage of a short field after a 37-yard Sav Rocca punt and answered with 47-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. On the ensuing possession, Griffin made on of his few mistakes on the day, lobbing a pass toward Leonard Hankerson on the right sideline that was picked off by Charles Tillman and returned to the Skins 10-yard line. It took the Bears just two plays to score, with Matt Forte scoring the first of his three touchdowns of the day on a two-yard plunge.

But the Redskins took the kickoff and marched down the field, going 80 yards on 13 plays, capped by Roy Helu, Jr.’s 14-yard scoring run from off-tackle right, which was exquisitely blocked up front to make it 10-10 just after the start of the second quarter.

On the next play from scrimmage, Reed Doughty broke up a Jay Cutler pass intended for Alshon Jeffery, and the ball hung up for Brian Orakpo to gather in and rumble 29 yards for the first pick-six of his career.

Two possessions later, Bears QB Jay Cutler was sacked by Chris Baker — first of Baker’s NFL career — and came up lame. He was helped off the field and into the Bears locker, where it was announced that he sustained a groin injury and would not return. Josh McCown replaced Cutler and created difficulty right off the bat with his mobility, as his first play was an 11-yard scramble.

Later in the quarter, another special teams breakdown led to a Bears touchdown. Rocca punted to the left sideline to pen return specialist Devin Hester in. Unfortunately, Hester broke back to the other side of the field, broke containment, and sprinted up the right sideline untouched for an 81-yard TD to tie the game at 17.

As was the theme of the day though, the Skins offense went right back to work, this time going 74 yards on 11 plays, culminated by Griffin’s three-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Reed in the right corner of the end zone on a fade pattern. Reed had a 15-yard catch earlier in the drive and ended up with 9 catches for 134 for the day, both career highs. The Skins held a 24-17 halftime lead, but things got even crazier in the second half.

The Bears first drive resulted in a missed field goal, but on their second possession Forte burst through the line and went 50 yards for a touchdown to tie it back up. But Griffin led the Skins right back, driving 83 yards on eight plays, including a 30-yard completion to Aldrick Robinson, before Helu carried three yards to put the Skins back up 31-24.

Chicago used a 28-yard completion from McCown to Jeffery, then a 15-yard personal foul on Brandon Meriweather, to get in position for Forte to carry six yards for his third TD of the day to tie it at 31.

This time, the Redskins used a quick strike. On second-and-nine, Griffin had Josh Morgan streaking wipe open on a 20-yard crossing route, but instead heaved it 45 yards to Robinson, who made the catch between Tillman and safety Chris Conte, who fell after bumping Robinson trying to get into position. Regardless, the longest pass of the season resulted in a Redskins touchdown and 38-31 lead.

The Bears next drive stalled at the Washington 31, after Orakpo and David Amerson harassed McCown on second and third downs respectively and the Bears settled for a 49-yard Gould field goal. Following a Skins three-and-out, Chicago went back to work. McCown hit Brandon Marshall for the receiver’s biggest gain of the day, a 44-yard catch and run off a slant route, and after a touchdown pass was nullified by an illegal formation penalty, the Bears made the next one stick, as McCown connected with tight end Marcellus Bennett for a seven-yard score, giving the Bears their first lead since the first quarter.

The Redskins took over with 3:57 to play at their own 20-yard line. Griffin found Reed for 26 yards on the first play of the drive. Later, he connected three times with Pierre Garcon for gains of seven, nine and six yards. On third-and-4 from Chicago’s 13, Griffin hit Reed for a 10-yard completion and on first down, Helu broke it up inside for his third touchdown strike of the day, to provide the 45-41 margin of victory.

Redskins defense struggled to keep up with pace of Eagles revamped offense

The scene was set for drama on the national stage Monday night. Not only did the game mark the return of Robert Griffin III from offseason knee surgery for the hometown Washington Redskins, but it was also the debut for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, straight out of the University of Oregon with his zone-read offense. 

What no one could anticipate before was that the latter was much more prepared to take the field right off the bat than the former. 

Griffin, quite famously, never played a down in the preseason as he rehabbed the reconstruction of his right knee. Kelly’s offense, not quite as prominently though just as accurately, didn’t show anything in the preseason that would indicate that his zone-read offense would not only be NFL-ready, but as devastatingly effective as it was in the first half against a Redskins defense rife with rookies, some p laying out of position due to injury need already in the young season.               

On the opening possession, the Eagles marched down the field at an unreal pace, catching the Redskins defense completely off guard in the process. Once the Eagles reached the Redskins 25 yard line, though, the Skins stepped up and made a play. Michael Vick attempted a lateral pass to running back LeSean McCoy, but defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan knocked the pass down, making the lateral a live ball. DeAngelo Hall picked up the loose football and ran it back 75 yards for a Redskins touchdown. 

The play was reviewed to ensure that it was indeed a lateral and the touchdown stood. Despite the defense being shredded during the opening drive, the Skins were able to stem the tide with the big play and open up a 7-0 lead over their division rival. 

However, that good feeling didn’t last long. 

That one play, which resulted in the defensive touchdown for the Redskins, was the only highlight – and points – the home team scored in the first half. The defense looked sloppy and undisciplined, committing unnecessary penalties and generally being run ragged by the Eagles no-huddle attack.  Add to that several missed tackles in the open field and severe breakdowns in coverage, and the recipe added up to total disaster. 

The Eagles’ high-tempo offense resulted in less substitution time – and weary defensive linemen – for the Redskins. Vick seemed to have no trouble throwing against the Redskins secondary, which was a big question mark going into the game due to starting two rookies in their first NFL game. 

At the end of the first half, the Eagles held a 26-7 lead, and it wasn’t that close. The Redskins had no answers on defense and the offense gave them no help. Griffin was rusty, throwing two interceptions. Alfred Morris fumbled twice to allow the Eagles to dominate field possession. Lack of offensive production forced the defense back on the field before they could catch their breath. 

Asked if the Eagles surprised the Redskins with their offensive attack, head coach Mike Shanahan said, “[It was] kind of what we thought. It was what they’ve done before in the past. One thing you have to be able to do is tackle McCoy. You have to tackle Vick. I thought [wide receiver DeSean] Jackson made a couple of plays in there. They out-executed us.” 

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett made some drastic adjustments at halftime in order to slow down the impressive Eagles spread offense. It helped that the Eagles seemed to let their foot off the gas in a game they were seemingly in control of, but the Skins D did make some plays that helped spark the team. 

Down 33-14 at the start of the fourth quarter, veteran cornerback Josh Wilson forced Philly wide-out Jason Avant to fumble, which set up the Redskins at the Eagles 27 yard line. The ensuing drive lasted five plays, resulting in a 10-yard touchdown throw from Griffin to Leonard Hankerson (five catches, 80 yards), his first of two scores for the evening. 

There were more bright sides. Barry Cofield, Perry Riley, and Ryan Kerrigan all had sacks. Riley finished with eight tackles, Kerrigan with seven. The defense played much better in the second half – not coincidentally when the offense picked up its game. 

However there were three players that stood out with disappointing nights. 

Rookie Baccari Rambo finished with six solo tackles and four assists. Granted, he was needed to make a lot of plays as the Redskins last line of defense as free safety, but at times he looked a step slow against the Eagles up-tempo game plan. He also had a couple of missed tackles in the open field against the shifty McCoy, which continues a pattern that plagued him in the preseason. 

Linebacker Brian Orakpo, returning from his season-ending torn pectoral muscle of last season, was not much of a factor against Jason Peters, the rather average starting left tackle for the Eagles. Most of the night, Orakpo was absent from the Eagles’ backfield. Instead, he spent much of his time trailing the play, trying to chase down Vick or McCoy from behind. 

And then there was DeAngelo Hall. 

Hall made the big play with the fumble recovery. There’s no doubting his playmaking ability with the ball in his hands. There is also no doubting his penchant for making dumb mistakes and blowing coverage. The Eagles’ first touchdown was a direct result of Hall getting beat to the post by Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. Hall looked like he thought help was coming from the safety, but he has to know in that situation the safety is a raw rookie. 

“[I] spoke with a couple guys back there,” Hall said. “Like I said, we’ll go back to the drawing board. I don’t even know exactly what went wrong; it was supposed to be a couple guys [on coverage]. But it is what it is. [The Eagles] came out, executed their game plan and they got a win.” 

Hall also took a personal foul penalty with a horse-collar tackle of Jackson along the sideline later in the second quarter. Jackson gained 14 yards on the play; Hall’s unnecessary penalty added 15 yards to the play, which pushed the Eagles to the Skins 31 yard line. Two plays later, Vick hit tight end Brent Celek for 28 yards to increase Philly’s lead.

Overall the performance by the Redskins defense was sub par in the first half, and clearly improvements need to be made. But they played much better in the second half, allowing just seven points, while the offense started to click and take some of the pressure off the clearly struggling-to-keep-up defense.

There will be some growing pains with the defense this season. Rambo and fellow rookies E.J. Biggers and David Amerson are all going to be counted on to play big minutes in the secondary, especially if continually injured Brandon Meriweather can’t get back on the field for the Skins. But Haslett and the defensive coaches need to figure out how to get more pressure up front to take some of the heat off the raw and inconsistent secondary.

Monday night’s first half was a perfect storm of high-level execution by the Eagles and lack of execution — and maybe a little lack of preparation — by the Redskins, especially breaking in three rookies on the back line. The Redskins defense will get better with experience. Will Chip Kelly’s offense do the same? Or will teams be able to better game plan for it now that there’s full-speed film on it? These teams match up again later in the season in what will certainly be an even more intriguing matchup.

[District Sports Page intern Brandon Enroth contributed to this article]

Washington Redskins Practice Update and Audio for Aug. 27

Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan touched on a host of topics after practice today, including the offensive line, Brandon Merriweather’s status, and the third running back spot. But all anyone wants to hear is the about the quarterback situation and whether Robert Griffin III is still on-track for opening night.

On his plan for the quarterback rotation against Tampa Bay:

“Pat White will play the entire game unless he goes down, and if he goes down then Rex [Grossman] will go in. If he goes down, I’m going in. I’m the only guy left [laughing].”

On how the evaluation of quarterback Robert Griffin III will work on Thursday in Tampa Bay:

“I don’t know yet. I know Dr. [James] Andrews will sit down and evaluate Robert and probably just give us his recommendation. I’m sure very similar to what he did last game… Sometime Thursday, I don’t know when it’s going to be. I haven’t talked to him yet. Either before or after the game, but I’m sure it will be sometime Thursday because he’ll be at the game.”

On if he noticed subtle difference in Griffin III during his pregame warmup vs. Buffalo:

“Well, I didn’t watch him warmup so I can’t talk about that, but he had a good practice yesterday and he had a good practice today. I can see a big improvement from the start when he came out here the first day to where he is now. You can see he is in football shape and there hasn’t been a setback so everything has been very positive.”

On what constitutes a good practice for Griffin III:

“I think just feeling more relaxed, being put in more team situations. You can tell when somebody has had enough reps where it starts to be automatic, you don’t have to push it.”

On if he feels like Griffin III is 100 percent:

“You are hoping he is 100 percent. Like I said, the reason why I am a little iffy on that is because I want to judge him every day, but I have not seen a setback. He looks good. Like I said, I’ve seen much improvement from the first day to where he’s at now from when he first came out – just in his ability to move, his ability to scramble, just the ease in which he practices.”

For full audio of Shanahan’s remarks, as well as assistant Kyle Shanahan and Jim Haslett and several Redskins players, please click the links below.

08-27-13 Mike Shanahan Practice RAW

08-27-13 Kyle Shanahan Practice RAW

08-27-13 Jim Haslett Practice RAW

08-27-13 Brandon Meriweather Practice RAW

08-27-13 Brian Orakpo Practice RAW

08-27-13 David Amerson Practice RAW

Redskins open 2013 preseason with win over Titans

COUSINS IMPRESSES WITH TOUCHDOWN IN LIMITED DUTY; EIGHT STARTERS HELD OUT

More notable for players that didn’t play than did, the Washington Redskins — at least those in camp trying to win positions or make the roster — opened their preseason play with a 22-21 win over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville.

The Skins held most of their starters on the sidelines, including rehabbing QB Robert Griffin III and second-year RB Alfred Morris. The ones that suited up, though, gave head coach Mike Shanahan an irrelevant preseason win to kick off the four-game campaign before things get going for real — a Sept. 9 Monday night regular season opener against division rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Backup and second-year QB Kirk Cousins performed admirably in his two series of play, finishing the night 6-for-7 for 52 yards with a three-yard touchdown to TE Fred Davis, returning from his Achilles injury of last season. On the play, Cousins faked a pitch to RB Roy Helu, Jr. to the left, then rolled right and found Davis in front of the goal post for the relatively easy score.

The touchdown capped the second drive of the game for the Skins. Cousins went 4-for-4 on the drive with 36 yards The TD pass ended Cousins’ performance for the evening, but the young signal caller got good work in with the offense and looked comfortable leading the Skins while he was under center.

Davis, playing in his first game since surgery to repair the Achilles injury, caught two balls for 14 yards with the first team offense.

Helu, looking to make an impact as a third down back and capable backup to Morris, ran for 57 yards on 13 carries behind a somewhat make-shift line that did not include LT Trent Williams, just one of eight Skins starters that were held out of the preseason opener.

Veteran backup QB Rex Grossman took over for Cousins and had a mixed bag of success (10-for-21, 119 yds, 1 TD, 0 Int.), but did hit Leonard Hankerson for an eight-yard touchdown strike that tied the game at 14 just before the end of the first half. Hankerson, still trying to establish himself as a reliable target in the offense, made four catches for 38 yards.

Ten Skins receivers in all made receptions on the evening.

Third string QB Pat White made the best of a late-game opportunity, leading the Skins on a 12-play, 80-yard drive, culminating in White’s nine-yard touchdown run and subsequent two-point conversion to reserve TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi to provide the difference in the final score.

Defensive leader Brian Orakpo returned to the field after missing much of 2012 with a torn pectoral injury, and the veteran looked like he hadn’t missed a day at all. He put pressure on Titans QB Jake Locker on several occasions, including registering a sack on Tennessee’s third possession of the game, sprinting past Titans’ LT Michael Roos and catching up with Locker on a strong outside rush.

Because of multiple injuries to veteran defensive backs, three rookie draft picks — Safties Baccari Rambo and Phillip Thomas and CB David Amerson — started for the Skins to mixed results. Amerson almost had an interception and recorded three tackles, but Rambo was juked by Titans RB Chris Johnson en route to a 58-yard touchdown run, was similarly faked by Titans backup RB Shonn Green for a 19-yard score, and pushed Green after the run to draw a 15-yard penalty.

Thomas, a fourth-round pick from Fresno state, left the game in the first quarter after suffering a right shoulder and left foot injury on the same play. Replays showed Thomas’ foot got caught underneath the ball carrier on the tackle and the team announced he was held from the rest of the game due to the foot injury.

NOTES: In addition to Griffin, Morris and Williams, the Skins also played without WR Pierre Garcon, DBs DeAngelo Hall, Brandon Merriweather and Josh Wilson, and NT Barry Cofield.

Washington Redskins’ defensive woes still manageable; backups to play key role in weeks ahead

While Washington Redskins fans may feel uneasy after last Sunday’s matchup against the Rams, it’s too early to talk about revising predictions for the season.

In the hours immediately following Josh Morgan’s fourth-quarter tantrum—which cost the Redskins 15 yards and the opportunity to take Sunday night’s matchup against the Rams into overtime—fans and critics alike spoke of Washington’s sloppy defense, crippling injuries and missed opportunities as if all hope for the burgundy and gold this season was gone. Analysts who unabashedly projected the Redskins would tally 10 or more wins before the season began suddenly backpedaled, saying Sunday night’s game proved Washington would be lucky to finish near .500. Fans showed their frustrations—some even took to extremes, targeting Morgan with profanity-laced threats via Twitter—and doubters found affirmation that, yet again, the Redskins would fail to turn things around this season. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins get bad news on injury front: Orakpo, Carriker done for season

Redskins LB Brian Orakpo can only watch from sidelines in Week 2 loss to Rams. (photo Brian Murphy)

The Washington Redskins defensive front seven was supposed to be one of the strongest units on the team this season. That unit took a huge blow today when the team revealed that two of its starters will miss the rest of the season due to injury. [Read more…]

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