Brian Orakpo expects to participate in OTAs

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Brian Orakpo's pectoral injury is healed and he could begin participating in offseason workouts later this month.

Brian Orakpo suffered a torn left pectoral in each of the last two seasons, but he is healthy now and expects to participate in Washington's upcoming organized team activities, according to a report from Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Orakpo suffered the first injury during the final game of the 2011 season. He returned for training camp last season, but aggravated the injury during the preseason, only to suffer another tear in Week 2. Now, Orakpo said he feels good heading into offseason workouts.

"The arm is good. The pec is feeling great. I've been working extremely hard ever since I went down last September and I couldn't be feeling any better," Orakpo said, via the Washington Post. "I shouldn't have any setbacks from minicamps and OTAs. I should be ready to go as if I didn't miss a beat at all. I'm excited to get back."

Orakpo said he played through discomfort last season, but after months of rehab, the situation is different this year. He said he isn't having any aches and pains and hasn't had any setbacks in the recovery process. He also isn't worried about suffering the injury for a third time.

"It just was a freak accident," he said. "It was the same pec but it was a different ligament. That's what people need to understand. The surgically repaired one is fine. It was a different ligament in the pec.

If Orakpo is able to return to form, he should provide a nice boost for the Redskins defense. Washington finished in the bottom-third of the league in sacks last season. Orakpo was one of the league's top pass rushers early in his career, racking up 28.5 sacks during his first three seasons.

Washington will begin OTAs on May 20.

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