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Redskins Vs. Lions: Brian Orakpo Injures Left Ankle, But Returns To Game

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Brian Orakpo shouldn't have even been on the field. If not for a Phillip Buchanon defensive holding penalty on third down and 11, the Redskins would have forced the Lions to punt. However, the Lions kept the ball due to the penalty, and shortly thereafter, Orakpo was down on the field.

It appeared to be a fairly quick and inconsequential play, but it may have cost the Redskins their own Pro Bowl player from 2009. Brian Orakpo stayed down after the play with an injured left ankle.

The good news is that he was able to limp off the field without needing a cart, and returned to the field on the following Lions possession. Jim Haslett and the Redskins defense has once again been moving Orakpo around. He has sometimes lined up on the left side, and sometimes on the right, depending on Detroit's positioning.

On the same play that resulted in Orakpo's injury, it was Albert Haynesworth who made a big stop at the line. Haynesworth has been playing only passing downs for the Redskins so far today.