The 26-year-old linebacker said that he initially thought that he re-tore the muscle, which he originally injured at the end of the 2011 season against the Philadelphia Eagles. After undergoing an MRI on Sunday, Orakpo stated that he is optimistic about the injury as the test came up negative.
Orakpo left the first quarter of the Redskins' second preseason game on Saturday with the injury. Orakpo tried to tackle Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester on the play when the injury occurred. Orakpo speculated after the game that his injury could have been related to the torn pectoral muscle he suffered late last season. He needed offseason surgery to repair the damage.
Orakpo led the Redskins in sacks last season with nine.
Orakpo was attempting to make a tackle in the first quarter before hurting himself and staying down for several moments. Eventually, he left the field with the training staff and didn't return to the game at any point.
The injury is worrisome especially because it occurred to the same pectoral muscle that required surgery following last years season finale.
Orakpo is a major part of the Redskins defense coming into his fourth season with the team. In his first three campaigns, Orakpo has 28.5 sacks to lead the team in that time-frame. Any time without him on the field would be a serious hit to the Redskins and their dreams for 2012.
Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo will not return to Saturday night's preseason game against the Chicago Bears after suffering an apparent injury to his left shoulder while trying to make a lunging tackle on Bears wide receiver Devin Hester late in the first quarter.
#Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo's status has been downgraded to OUT for the remainder of the game. This is not a surprise in preseason action.
Hester, who had caught a pass from quarterback Jay Cutler, evaded Orakpo on the way to an 18-yard gain to Chicago's 38-yard-line with 3:50 left to play in the quarter.
Orakpo, who had offseason surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle suffered during the team's final game of the 2011 season, writhed on the field for a few moments but walked off under his own power.