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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Brian Orakpo out for the season with torn pectoral muscle

By on 10/21/2014 12:44:00 PM

The Washington Redskins got some bad news Monday when an MRI revelaed outside linebacker Brian Orakpo will be sidelined for the rest of the season. The linebacker tore his right pectoral muscle. The veteran linebacker will soon have surgery to repair the tear, coach Jay Gruden said. Reported by Mike Jones of The Washington Post.

This is the third similar type of injury Orakpo has suffered throughout his career. The linebacker tore his left pectoral muscle at the end of the 2011 season. Then only two games into the 2012 season he tore the very same left pectoral muscle again. Now he has torn the right pectoral muscle during the 2014 season. Is this just a bad string of injuries or something more serious?

The linebacker tweeted only hours after receiving the test results revealing his fate.
"Redskin Nation I'm truly sorry for this injury plagued season I went thru. Thank you all for the love and also the criticism that will only make me stronger when I return. Thanks for all the support and let's smash them Cowboys Monday Night! #HTTR"

Gruden called the second season-ending injury to a defensive starter this season a "blow." In Week 3 cornerback DeAngelo Hall ruptured his left achilles' tendon. With the injury to Orakpo he will also join Hall and be placed on injured reserve and done for the season.

The injury puts a cap on what can only be called as a disappointing season for Orakpo. The linebacker has not played very well this year, as he has been unable to put much pressure on opposing teams quarterbacks. Clearly it has not just been Orakpo who has not been effective as the defense in whole has not played very well this season.

The Redskins must now try and fill the void left from Orakpo's absence on the field. The biggest thing the team will miss is Orakpo's leadership. Someone will have to step up and lead the defense through these tough times moving forward.

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