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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.

LANDOVER MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a break past Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins on November 15 2010 at FedExField in Landover Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
LANDOVER MD - NOVEMBER 15: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a break past Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins on November 15 2010 at FedExField in Landover Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins defensive end Brian Orakpo and safety Brandon Meriweather will be held out of the team's final two preseason games, head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. Orakpo sustained a left shoulder injury Saturday against the Chicago Bears and had to leave the game in the first quarter. Meriweather was also forced to leave the game with a left knee injury.

Both players are expected to be healthy by the start of the regular season. An MRI taken of Orakpo's shoulder revealed no serious damage and agent Ben Dogra was confident that his client would be ready for the Redskins' Sept. 9 opener against the New Orleans Saints. Meriweather's knee injury also isn't considered serious. Shanahan confirmed that neither player will need surgery.

The news will come as a relief to Redskins fans, and also as a relief to Orakpo, who initially thought his injury was more severe.

If soreness is the only problem either player has going forward, then Washington dodged a major bullet. With just three weeks until the games actually matter, expect coaching staffs around the league to begin clamping down on their starters.

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