Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo stated on Wednesday that he fully expects to be ready for the team's season opener on Sept. 9 against the New Orleans Saints. Orakpo will sit out the remainder of the preseason with a strained left shoulder and pectoral area, which he sustained in the first quarter of Saturday night's game against the Chicago Bears.
The 26-year-old was already participating in non-contact drills and stated that the soreness in the damaged area was minimal. He and the medical staff have elected to proceed with caution in order to avoid a set-back.
While Orakpo is progressing, Brandon Meriweather's future is questionable. The team's projected strong saftey sustained a leg injury on Saturday night and doesn't know when he will be available to return.
Via The Washington Post:
"This is my first leg injury, period, so I didn't know what to think," Meriweather said. "All I know is when you see someone grab their knee, it's something severe, so it just scared me a little bit."