Redskins lose Brian Orakpo, Adam Carriker for the season
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan announced on Monday that linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker will miss the remainder of the season due to injuries sustained in the team’s 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
According to USA Today, Orakpo suffered a torn left pectoral muscle, the same muscle that he tore at the end of last season though a different area. Orakpo will have surgery and miss about four months.
Carriker tore a quad tendon near his right knee. He will also have surgery and will be out for five months.
Both injuries are a huge blow to a team that has already allowed a combined 63 points in the first two games.
According to the Washington Post, second-year player Jarvis Jenkins will fill in for Carriker in the starting lineup, while Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson will compete for playing time in Orakpo’s spot.
Orakpo is the team’s best pass rusher. He led the team with nine sacks last season and recorded 28.5 sacks over his first three years in the NFL, all with the Redskins. Carriker had a career-hight 5.5 sacks last season.