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Redskins lose LB Brian Orakpo and DE Adam Carriker for remainder of 2012

Literally adding injury to insult: news has emerged today that the Redskins have lost linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker for the remainder of the 2012 season.

Most fans expected Carriker to be lost for the season, after he was carted off the field during yesterday’s 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams. After his knee was wrapped in a substantial amount of ice, most feared that he had torn ligaments in his knee. But we learned today that while the knee ligaments were in fact intact, he tore his quadriceps muscle towards the base of the knee, costing him the remainder of this season.

News of Orakpo’s injury, however, is more surprising. While many feared that he aggravated an injury to his pectoral muscle which he suffered in 2011 (and re-aggravated during the preseason), head coach Mike Shanahan indicated that the tear occurred in a different spot than the previous instances. The timetable for Orakpo’s injury is four months, according to Shanahan, so Orakpo will also miss the remainder of 2012.

Second year defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins is slated to start in place of Carriker, according to Shanahan, while linebackers Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson will compete for Orakpo’s spot. Defensive linemen Chris Baker and Doug Worthington will also likely get a fair share of playing time along the defensive line, where defensive coordinator Jim Haslett likes to rotate bodies.

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