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Brian Orakpo, Kory Lichtensteiger Expect To Play In Opener

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Linebacker Brian Orakpo and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger each said Monday they expect to play for the Washington Redskins in the season opener Sunday at New Orleans.

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Orakpo aggravated scar tissue in his left shoulder and pectoral during the Redskins’ preseason loss at Chicago and did not play in either of the next two games. Lichtensteiger did not play at all during the preseason after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean up loose cartilage in his right knee, in which he tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus early last season.

Both players said they went through an entire practice in full pads Friday and Saturday.

“It’s still soreness, things I have to deal with when it’s over, but come Sunday, it should be rock and roll,” Orakpo said.

Lichtensteiger said the knee felt great when he returned for training camp before aggravating the knee the second day of practice.

“I would say it felt great at the start of camp those first two days,” Lichtensteiger said. “It feels OK now. It feels like I can play on it. I’m gonna play at the same level as I would have played before, and that’s all you can really ask for. Two knee surgeries in a year – it’s not going to feel great, but it feels as great as it can.”

The Redskins will be without right tackle Jammal Brown, who began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Brandon Meriweather, the projected starter at strong safety, said two weeks ago he was aiming to return from an undisclosed left knee injury, but did not speak on his health on Monday.

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