July 30, 2012; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) walks onto the field prior to Redskins training camp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Brian Orakpo Injury: MRI Shows 'Nothing Serious' For Redskins LB

The Redskins get good news from MRIs on Orakpo and Brandon Meriweather following Saturday's exhibition game against Chicago.

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Colts Vs. Redskins: London Fletcher Likely To Play For Washington

London Fletcher will likely play in this Saturday's preseason game between the Washington Redskins and the Indianapolis Colts, head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Monday. Fletcher was a full participant in practice Monday after missing Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears with an unknown ailment.

Shanahan declined to say what was bothering Fletcher before the game, only that the 37-year-old "wasn't feeling very good." There is a chance that Fletcher would have played if it were a regular season again, and there appear to be no signs of any long-term complications.

Fletcher was spectacular in 2011, recording a league-leading 166 tackles. He has shown no signs of slowing down despite his relatively advanced age. He re-signed with Washington in April and figures to once again lead the Redskins' defense from his inside linebacker spot.

In other injury news, Shanahan said that running back Tim Hightower, who is coming off ACL surgery, practiced Monday, but Roy Helu did not. Shanahan also noted that Helu was experiencing soreness in both Achilles tendons. It is unclear if either man will play Saturday.

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Colts Vs. Redskins: Brian Orakpo, Brandon Meriweather Will Be Held Out Of Final Two Preseason Games

Brian Orakpo (shoulder) and Brandon Meriweather (knee) will not participate in the rest of Redskins preseason, Mike Shanahan confirmed Monday. Both players are expected to be fine for the regular season opener.


Brian Orakpo Injury Update: MRI Shows No Serious Damage

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo underwent an MRI today after suffering an injury to his left shoulder in Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears and the results showed no serious damage, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Orakpo's agent, Ben Dogra, reported to Maske that he is confident the linebacker will not miss significant time.

As one of the league's premier pass-rushing linebackers, the news on Orakpo's injury should be welcome in the Redskins camp. Orakpo recorded 9.0 sacks in 2011 to go along with 60 tackles. He has 29.0 sacks over his last three seasons. Losing him for a significant amount of time would have dealt a blow to the 'Skins, who are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 5-11 season last year.

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Brian Orakpo Injury Update: Mike Shanahan Says Linebacker Injured Left Pectoral Muscle

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo left Saturday night's 33-31 exhibition loss to the Chicago Bears after suffering what the team called a strained left shoulder while trying to make a tackle in the first quarter. On the same Chicago scoring drive, safety Brandon Meriweather had to be helped off the field with a left knee injury.

Following the game, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan announced that both Orakpo and Meriweather would undergo MRIs Sunday. In Orakpo's case, there is definite cause for concern, since Shanahan disclosed that Orakpo injured his left pectoral muscle. Orakpo injured the same muscle in the 2011 season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles and had surgery on it in the offseason.

Even if the MRI reveals no significant damage, it's easy to imagine the Redskins treating both Orakpo and Meriweather with kid gloves for the rest of the preseason. Both guys are simply too important to a defense that is under pressure to improve from last year's performance.

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Redskins Vs. Bears Injury Updates: Trent Williams Likely To Play, Chris Chester Likely Out

When the Washington Redskins take the field Saturday against the Chicago Bears for their second preseason game, Skins' fans should expect left tackle Trent Williams and left guard Mo Hurt to be suited up and ready to play, said head coach Mike Shanahan to the media on Thursday.

Williams has been slowly recovering from a bone bruise in his left foot, an injury he suffered on a touchdown during the Redskins 7-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills last Thursday. The injury has healed enough that he's participated in team drills during practice.

However, the injury report was not good for right guard Chris Chester, who's unlikely to play because of a sprained ankle, and outside linebacker OLB Markus White, who's out with a broken rib.

Meanwhile, Shanahan also said running backs Alfred Morris, Evan Royster and Tristan Davis should get some snaps in Saturday's contest.

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Redskins Vs. Bears: Mike Shanahan Says Starters Will Play '30-35 Plays'

The Washington Redskins take on the Chicago Bears Saturday in their second preseason contest, and Skins' fans should plan on seeing a decent amount of playing time for their starters, head coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday.

An estimate between 30-35 plays was the target range give by Shanahan, who in the Redskins first preseason game last Thursday against the Buffalo Bills had starting quarterback Robert Griffin III pulled with about three minutes to go in the first quarter. However, Shanahan did not give specific details about how long Griffin would be in the game on Saturday.

The Redskins will be looking to improve to 2-0 during the preseason, but the squad will be entering the contest a bit banged up, especially in the wide receiving corps and offensive line. One would think Shanahan would trade a healthy team for possibly more scoring opportunities in a meaningless game.

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