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Brian Orakpo Goes Through Individual Drills In Practice

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Three days after tearing scar tissue in his surgically repaired left pectoral, Brian Orakpo participated in individual drills – something head coach Mike Shanahan said “was a good sign.”


“He’s not ready to practice yet,” Shanahan said. “He’s still a little bit sore, and so we’ll just evaluate it day by day.”

Orakpo will not play Saturday when the Redskins host Indianapolis in their third preseason game. Because Shanahan does not typically play the top units in the final preseason game, the linebacker will not return to the field until the season opener Sept. 9 at New Orleans.

He was lunging to make a tackle on Chicago receiver Devin Hester late in the first quarter when he aggravated the muscle, which he originally injured against Philadelphia in January. He later said the feeling in his chest and shoulder was nearly identical to what he experienced last year, which gave him concern the injury was more serious.

Rob Jackson, the primary backup at right outside linebacker, will replace Orakpo with the starters against the Colts. The Redskins are thin at the position behind Jackson; Chris Wilson has been working as the primary backup to left outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and Markus White, who broke a rib and bruised a kidney in practice last week, may not be ready to play.

“At the end of the day, there’s nothing like actually getting the reps and seeing it yourself,” said Jackson, drafted in the sixth round out of Kansas State in 2008. “It’s a lot easier making the mistakes on the field than watching somebody else making the mistakes.”