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Brian Orakpo Undergoes Surgery On Shoulder; Graham Gano Has Broken Back

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo underwent surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday after originally sustaining an injury in the final game of the season against Philadelphia on Jan. 1.

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Orakpo was injured while sacking Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the second quarter of the Redskins’ 34-10 loss. He sat out the second half of the game and underwent an MRI the following day, at which point Orakpo decided upon having surgery.

The extent of the operation, performed by James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., and any resulting timetable is unknown. Orakpo and his agent have not returned calls seeking comment and a Redskins spokesman referred all questions on Orakpo’s health to the league office.

“Just had successful shoulder surgery in Pensacola,” Orakpo posted on his Twitter page Tuesday night. “Thanks everybody for their support! Now time for a speedy [recovery].”

Kicker Graham Gano, who was also injured against the Eagles, broke two bones in his lower back and will be out of action for six to eight weeks, he confirmed Wednesday morning. Gano was trying to make a tackle on a blocked field goal in that game when he was hit from behind.

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