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Brian Orakpo, Brandon Meriweather Avoid Serious Injury, Preseason Over

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Linebacker Brian Orakpo and safety Brandon Meriweather, each of whom left during the first half of the Washington Redskins’ 33-31 loss at Chicago on Saturday, avoided serious injury but will not play in the final two games of the preseason.


Head coach Mike Shanahan said Orakpo tore some of the scar tissue in his left pectoral, which he had surgery on during the offseason. He was more vague on Meriweather, only saying that there was swelling in his left knee, but precaution would lead to them sitting Saturday against Indianapolis and Aug. 29 against Tampa Bay.

Both Orakpo and Meriweather chose not to specifically address their issues, deferring to Shanahan. But Orakpo said the feeling he experienced after injuring the pectoral was nearly identical to what he felt when he tore the muscle in the final game last season against Philadelphia.

“That’s the reason why it took a long process to get off the field,” Orakpo said. “It felt a very similar type of feeling as when I went down, so that’s what scared the most.”

Orakpo went down with 3:41 remaining in the first quarter when he tried to make a tackle on Chicago receiver Devin Hester. Meriweather left the game with 45 seconds left in the quarter when Bears offensive lineman Gabe Carimi landed on his knee.

Safety DeJon Gomes, who injured his left ankle in the game, practiced fully, according to Shanahan, and should play against the Colts.