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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Robert Griffin III, Brian Orakpo, Shawn Lauvao

By on 9/24/2014 10:00:00 AM

As the Washington Redskins head into their Thursday night divisional match up, their second in just five days, against the New York Giants, they will be without several key players as well as have a couple not at 100%.

Robert Griffin III, as we all know, dislocated his ankle in week two. According to, Griffin told reporters he had his cast removed and team doctors will evaluate it next week to determine the next course of rehab.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo tore ligaments in his finger and will have to play will a cast on. Orakpo told reporters regarding how playing with a cast on with affect his performance, as reported by, “We’ll see. I should be fine. I’m on the edge. I can hold the edge. I only need to grab [when I] tackle.” It's not as easy for a linebacker to shed blocks with only one good hand, as Clay Matthews can vouch for from 2013. Orakpo, however, is a true professional and a one handed Orakpo is better than most other two handed linebackers.

Guard Shawn Lauvao did not practice on Tuesday and was downgraded due to a right knee injury. Third year pro Josh LeRibeus would start in Lauvao can't go. Coach Jay Gruden said of LeRibeus, via, "He [LeRibeus] has been ready. Josh came in, he was in great shape. We got Shawn in the free agency, gave him an opportunity, and it was a very close battle. LeRibeus did a great job in training camp, kept his weight down and played well, so he's ready to go. I'm not concerned about Josh and his being ready to go.”

As for oft-injured tight end Jordan Reed, he told reporters he likely won't be able to play, as he has not yet resumed practicing after aggravating an AC joint injury in his shoulder. It was reported by several sources, including The Washington Post, he will be out Thursday night.

Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett said cornerback Tracy Porter should be available Thursday, which comes as good news after defensive captain, corner DeAngelo Hall, tore his Achilles tendon and will be out for the season. The only other note, according to, is nose tackle Chris Baker, who hit Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in the controversial play Sunday leading to a benches clearing brawl, practiced in full after being limited with ankle and hip issues.

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