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Shanahan says Orakpo and Carriker out for the season

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The Redskins got a double dose of bad news Monday, as coach Mike Shanahan said that defensive end Adam Carriker and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo were both out for the season with injuries suffered Sunday.

According to Rich Campbell of the Washington Times, Carriker suffered a quadriceps tendon tear, and Orakpo tore a pectoral muscle in the loss to the Rams.

They knew initially the prognosis on Carriker wasn’t good, as Shanahan said yesterday “It doesn’t look good,” for the defensive end.

It’s perhaps more troubling for Orakpo, who had surgery on the same area earlier this year.

There’s not exactly a lot of available talent on the street to replace them, though pass-rusher Andre Carter has been making the rounds.

UPDATE 3:20 p.m. ET: PFT confirms that Orakpo’s surgery will be this week.

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82 Responses to “Shanahan says Orakpo and Carriker out for the season”
  1. schmitty2 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:13 PM

    I’m a Ram’s fan and thats a tough blow for the Skins. You could tell by Orapko’s reaction he knew it was serious. Speedy recovery for both

  2. skins23 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:15 PM

    Of course they are. Can we never play the Rams again? Every season we play them and our season falls apart. Freaking cursed.

  3. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 17, 2012 3:15 PM

    Lorenzo Alexander and Keenan Robinson can maybe fill in, but they’re more inside LB’s than outside…As far as Carriker, Jenkins now must become the big time player he’s supposed to be, as for depth beyond that, someone call Carter and make nicey-nice, quick!!

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Sep 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    Will we still be seeing Orakpo at the pancake breakfast?

    What? Too soon?

  5. skeebo80 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    Whoa awful news.

  6. jmsincla says: Sep 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    Well…Christmas is over!

  7. jbl429 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    Is this where the Redskins fans come to chat up RG III? Gonna be hard for him to carry the team with a shoddy defense. What goes around comes around.

  8. jwreck says: Sep 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    Tell me again how the Animal House officiating of yesterday’s game benefited the Redskins. The only positive part of this story is how Fred Davis isn’t out for the season with a fractured skull, and London Fletcher isn’t paralyzed for life with a broken spine.

    The NFL needs real officials back before players end up literally killing each other.

  9. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    No biggie. Jarvous Jenkins can replace Carriker and Rob Jackson/Chris Wilson can replace Rak.

    If we had lost say Kerrigan or Fletch, then I’d be worried. Orakpo quite frankly is overrated.

    The Redskins will be fine especially when our safeties get it together…the offense is of course, clicking under young RGIII. Still playoff bound.

  10. shawshankreception says: Sep 17, 2012 3:21 PM

    Now he can attend the pancake social.

  11. bigjdve says: Sep 17, 2012 3:23 PM

    That really sucks.

    Jenkins can replace Carriker, however we don’t have an Orakpo replacement. It should be interesting to see what happens.

  12. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 17, 2012 3:23 PM

    Oh and Andre Carter left D.C because he himself said he can’t play in the 3-4 scheme. He’s a good player, but don’t count on him returning.

  13. jmsincla says: Sep 17, 2012 3:24 PM

    Should it be noted that Orakpo was injured on an unflagged hit that came after the whistle blew?

    Player safety..right.

  14. troy10 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:25 PM

    No… he was actually able to go to the pancake social… his friend wasn’t going after he got owned in Scrabble!

    Seriously though dude… one of the funnier references I’ve seen on here in a long time!

  15. blutbaddenbill says: Sep 17, 2012 3:25 PM

    This is gonna cost haslett his job after this season.

  16. nickyleacy says: Sep 17, 2012 3:26 PM

    Orakpoed

  17. lifetimeskinsfan739 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:29 PM

    Sooo you’re saying Shawn Merriman is coming back home.

  18. lonespeed says: Sep 17, 2012 3:29 PM

    The Redskins are still in good shape. It looks like they hit a home run on RG3 and next year they’ll draft talent to go around…..oh wait, they don’t have a number one draft pick until 2020.

    Well. They’ll still be able to win at least four or five games a year with RG3. They may even get to seven.

  19. cooklynn17 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:30 PM

    So much for sweeping the Giants Brother!

  20. larrybrown43 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:31 PM

    Well, there is always next year. We can use next year’s first round pick to trade for additional picks and build our team around.

    Oh that’s right…, I forgot. Maybe we can go that route in 14. Huh, that pick is gone too? 2015, here we come.

  21. xpensivewinos says: Sep 17, 2012 3:31 PM

    He might want to come up with a new definition for what “Orakpoed” means…..

  22. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    Abandon ship! Please disregard anything positive I’ve said in these boards about my ‘Skins – the ride is over.

  23. voice0freasonsays says: Sep 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    I have a rg3 fathead on the ceiling above my bunk bed in my mom’s basement. We talk every night b4 mom makes me go to sleep. He told me last night that everything will be okay so I could sleep. Thanks rg3. You are my reason for living.

  24. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Sep 17, 2012 3:33 PM

    Those #1 picks the Rams got suddenly look a little sweeter don’t they?

  25. spungy says: Sep 17, 2012 3:34 PM

    Who’s on the bottom of the pyramid now?

  26. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 17, 2012 3:34 PM

    Everyone thumbing me down has no idea how our defense works. Brian Orakpo is not the be all, end all for this defense as far as pressure goes. Also, he’s lousy when asked to cover, whereas Rob Jackson can do both things well. I would love to trade Orakpo in the offseason if possible.

  27. radtrigger says: Sep 17, 2012 3:35 PM

    Skins got Orakpo’d…

  28. realfan23 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:35 PM

    Offensively the Skins are much improved….defensively; meh, not so much. Don’t pretend they’ll be alright without both. The defense will underperform as usual.

  29. fetchezlavache says: Sep 17, 2012 3:39 PM

    Somehow or another, I think voiceofreason could spin a positive off the loss of RG III if he went down. As a football fan, I hate to see anyone get injured. So I wish Orakpo and Carriker the best.

  30. pottymouth777 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:39 PM

    Devastating loss for the Skins.

    The parade has been rained upon.

  31. dbones750 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:44 PM

    You’re Brian Orakpo, All-Pro linebacker, and you can’t even get yourself on the field!

  32. bucrightoff says: Sep 17, 2012 3:44 PM

    I make sure to see all Redskins articles to see how many thumbs down VOR can get

  33. hendawg21 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:45 PM

    It may be a blow that both are out for the season but they actually get younger and better at the DE spot…Jarvis Jenkins and Chris Baker can fill the void, not only that they both can play DE or NT and move very good for big men….I was never a fan of Carriker anyhow…

    As for Orakpo his strong point is his rushing ability but he was not a good run stopper nor did he protect the egdge most times…I like Rob Jackson he’s better at the run stopping the Orakpo and still can give you very decent pass rush and there’s also Chris Wilson who can rush the passer…so it’s a loss but not a omg type issue…

  34. tiger2471 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:45 PM

    Even when it’s reported that a couple Skins are injured and out for the rest of the year, there are people on here taking shots, unbelievable. It’s clear, no class. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to wish injury on any NFL player no matter what team.

  35. vikings2812 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:47 PM

    It’s called Karma…. You blow out AP’s knee you get this… Enjoy.

  36. jahbird says: Sep 17, 2012 3:47 PM

    Just got this in an email, “sooooo, you think Cooley can play OLB in the 3-4?”

  37. autoriot says: Sep 17, 2012 3:54 PM

    Does this mean that GEICO has to stop airing those horrible Brian Orakpo commercials?

  38. eaglesw00t says: Sep 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    Ouch, that sucks.

    Eagles fan here (obviously) and my condolences go out to Skins fans.

    Orakpo and Carriker, I hope youfeel better, heal well, and you are in better health soon. Sorry for your loss. I hate to see anyone injured. I really wish injuries in the NFL were non-existent like Madden, really.

  39. gweez76 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:58 PM

    You can always tell posters who’ve never really played a sport. They’re the ones who laugh and cheer at injuries.

    They’ve never seen or played with someone who’s gone down injured and had to work their way back into shape.

    Get well guys, sucks for you and every other player who has to fight their way back be them Cowboys, Gmen, Eagles or Redskins.

  40. skito13 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    The game yesterday was football of old…before officials. Hate to hear about people getting put out for the year. Ram’s offensive line never got to even start the season.

  41. wethog66 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    Sucks to lose Carriker and Orakpo, but the front 7 is one of the few spots the Skins roster has excellent depth. Jenkins and Baker are waiting to prove themselves in place of Carriker. Kendric Golston is a veteran that is good against the run.

    And Rob Jackson is actually better against the run than Orakpo, and Chris Wilson should be able to fill Orakpo’s pass rush role.

    Not ideal, but there is young talent to step up. So long as they take advantage of their opportunities to prove themselves.

  42. fvckyourmother says: Sep 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    You know as a Redskins fan I have become used to losing. I have become used to losing for what about 20 years now?

    I can always fall back to my second team that hasnt disapointed me in 20 years. Whoever is playing the Cowgirls.

  43. burgandyandgold says: Sep 17, 2012 4:04 PM

    Look, I like Orakpo, I really do. He is a solid player but he is not a superstar. He will be missed as will Carriker. Move on and keep fighting. The team is headed in the right direction.

  44. skito13 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:04 PM

    I guess the Rams beat the skins with a waiver wire wonderline and a backup running back….

  45. fvckyourmother says: Sep 17, 2012 4:07 PM

    Tearing your pec is so easy even a caveman can do it

  46. tdubdizzle says: Sep 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    This is such a shame, it seems every time the Redskins have anything going for them they get hit with bad luck. Brian Orakpo is an awesome player. I hope both of them get better fast. My condolences Redskin fans.

  47. bigmike7914 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    Hate to say it but they might as well kick the tires on shawn merriman…just a thought…

  48. janvanflac says: Sep 17, 2012 4:11 PM

    First off….it’s a shame and even as a fan of division rival I don’t want to see this happen.

    RGIII is the real deal but the rest of the team is pretty shaky especially after losing 2 of their best defensive players for the year. offensive line and skill position players other than Griffin….meh.

  49. dirtybird28 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    Wow that’s terrible for the Skins. I’m a Cowboys fan but I was really hoping to see the Skins at full health and see how they played out. They could be a shock team all year long.

  50. goldrush4949 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:22 PM

    Ouch.

  51. andylucksneck says: Sep 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    Never heard people say that the season is over because one linebacker is out for the season. Orakpo is over rated. This will be better for the Skins in the long run.

    HTTR!!!!!

  52. sakatak says: Sep 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    Albert Haynesworth is available.

  53. dougydougdoug says: Sep 17, 2012 4:34 PM

    I wonder if Orakpo might be done for good? They said that he re-injured the same pectorals muscle that was previous repaired. Coincidental, I just heard a weekend interview with a sports orthopedist, and he was discussing just how difficult it is to surgically reattach a pec muscle to the breastplate. For a guy to re-damage the same part, doesn’t sound too promising.

  54. dougydougdoug says: Sep 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    Also, Orakpo never had a chance to become known nationwide. That’s why they had to use his whole name, and position (for pete’s sake) in that horrible caveman cheerleader commercial.

    Oh well.

  55. mgdsquiggy17 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:38 PM

    “I would love to trade Orakpo in the offseason if possible.”

    You’d find a lot of teams that would love to have you as the GM as well so they can fleece you.

  56. skinsfan91 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    Orakpo always getting hurt. Time to move on.

  57. thepvyharvin says: Sep 17, 2012 4:43 PM

    You have RGIII,,,He doesn’t need help,he’s Superman

  58. bobonmycob says: Sep 17, 2012 4:44 PM

    VoiceofReason cursed your team by talking so much trash LOL… Love it

  59. jwreck says: Sep 17, 2012 4:45 PM

    I wonder if Orakpo might be done for good? They said that he re-injured the same pectorals muscle that was previous repaired. Coincidental, I just heard a weekend interview with a sports orthopedist, and he was discussing just how difficult it is to surgically reattach a pec muscle to the breastplate. For a guy to re-damage the same part, doesn’t sound too promising.
    ______
    No, if the pec was torn clean from the bone that would be a different story, but this is just a torn pec: still a serious injury but not a career threatening one.

  60. jwreck says: Sep 17, 2012 4:48 PM

    skinsfan91 says:
    Sep 17, 2012 4:41 PM
    Orakpo always getting hurt. Time to move on.
    ____
    Orakpo was hurt last year, but didn’t miss any time. Had surgery as soon as the season was over and was in football shape by May. He hurt it again in the preseason, but the point is that he has missed one regular season game in his career: in 2010, with an ankle injury. Sounds a little bit different than “always getting hurt”, doesn’t it? Don’t make things up.

  61. autoriot says: Sep 17, 2012 4:51 PM

    Oh the Irony.

    Love,

    Eagles Fan

  62. upperdecker19 says: Sep 17, 2012 5:03 PM

    The dreaded Geico curse?

  63. bubba9er says: Sep 17, 2012 5:04 PM

    My brother in law is going to have a vein pop in his head when he sees this. He was so happy when the Skins beat the Saints… Now what?

  64. zatoichi7 says: Sep 17, 2012 5:05 PM

    calling markus white…

  65. jwreck says: Sep 17, 2012 5:07 PM

    skinsfan91 says:
    Sep 17, 2012 4:41 PM
    Orakpo always getting hurt. Time to move on.
    ____
    Orakpo was hurt last year, but didn’t miss any time. Had surgery as soon as the season was over and was in football shape by May. He hurt it again in the preseason, but the point is that he has missed one regular season game in his career: in 2010, with an ankle injury. Sounds a little bit different than “always getting hurt”, doesn’t it? Don’t make things up.
    2 up 3 down
    ________
    What? Not that I actually care about the approval ratings I receive on PFT, but how can a comment which is an absolute fact receive three thumbs down. That’s like me saying, Peyton Manning is the Broncos quarterback and receiving thumbs down.

    I guess I’m just confused by the mindset of the PFT commenter. Brian Orakpo has missed one regular season game in his career, in 2010. He didn’t miss any games in 2009, his rookie season, nor last year, in 2011. These are facts. You don’t have to like the Redskins, you don’t have to like Orakpo, but you can’t deny facts.

  66. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 17, 2012 5:09 PM

    The haters/copycats are hilarious. There are 14 games to go. Our offense is looking really great and the defense had one bad half of football. The defense can and will be corrected. Losing Orakpo and Carriker is not devastating no matter how much you want to believe it. We were prepared for many scenarios and the coaching staff did a good job assembling proper depth. This team is one of the best teams in professional football! A complete football team. The Redskins will be fine and we are going to the playoffs. RedskinNation, have faith. This is our era and sure there will be bumps on the road, but stay the course and eventually lift many more Super Bowl trophys in the next decade. HTTR.

  67. cperiodj says: Sep 17, 2012 5:09 PM

    Man I don’t know what you all are talking about Orakpo was on track to tie or surpass Demarcus Ware before his injury last year. Dude is a beast.

  68. jwreck says: Sep 17, 2012 5:12 PM

    autoriot says:
    Sep 17, 2012 4:51 PM
    Oh the Irony.

    Love,

    Eagles Fan
    _____

    Classy.

  69. chilomane says: Sep 17, 2012 5:24 PM

    bad day for ‘skins fans.

  70. arrooo says: Sep 17, 2012 5:25 PM

    Release that Skell Josh Morgan too.

  71. bodhisattva says: Sep 17, 2012 5:32 PM

    Real shame. Redskins relevance is thoroughly entertaining. If these injuries we’re starting to see are in some part due to this sub-standard officiating then it’s reprehensible. The NFL makes a disgusting amount of money, they need to pay these guys as soon as is humanly possible as enough is enough.

  72. narfmoo12 says: Sep 17, 2012 5:38 PM

    I wish there was some way of seeing all of “Voiceofreasons’” posts so we could see the massive contradiction between today’s posts about Orakpo not being important and every other post he ever made about the Redskins’ defense.

  73. spytdi says: Sep 17, 2012 5:38 PM

    As a ‘Boys fan, I actually feel bad for ‘Skins fans today.

  74. shlomotruehovic says: Sep 17, 2012 5:46 PM

    I think everyone needs to calm down. Yes, the Redskins aren’t that good and they aren’t that bad. They’re an average team, in an average division. The NFC East is not a dominant division and can be won by any team.

    I just don’t understand why fans of other teams spend so much time on another teams stories. If you hate the Redskins, why pay attention to them.

    Just food for thought…

  75. londonfletcher59 says: Sep 17, 2012 7:12 PM

    Eagles fans talking trash about the Skins getting hurt is funny considering the Skins pancaked Vicks ribs like an accordion. I don’t wish injury on anyone, but that’s just funny to me.

  76. tmkelley1 says: Sep 17, 2012 7:54 PM

    I’m sick and tired of the Rams/Skins always being played at the Rams. What the heck NFL? Get a little balance here will ya? It was like a few years back with the Boys and the Pack; it was always in Dallas.

    It’s called favoritism, or are the schedulers too blind to compare schedules year-over-year? Since 2005, 5 of 7 meetings have been in St. L.

  77. dougydougdoug says: Sep 17, 2012 8:25 PM

    tmkelley1:

    The honest truth is that no one really cares one bit about where the games are played, or whether they are even played, at all.

    Both the Rams and The Redskins have been total embarrassments for a long, long time. At least the Rams had a high point with Warner, but that ended badly once he left. As for the Skins? When were they last relevant?

    The day that either of those teams can win a few playoff games, then you can expect some scheduling favoritism.

    Until then, there isn’t enough value. And don’t bring up the RGB3 experiment. One win against a bad ‘Aints team doesn’t make him the next Joe Theisman. Wait, that’s probably a good thing.

  78. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 17, 2012 8:43 PM

    Overated team!!!!

  79. defscottyb says: Sep 17, 2012 8:53 PM

    Eagle fans: Vick is getting killed back there, give it 2 more weeks and he’ll be out too.

  80. defscottyb says: Sep 17, 2012 8:56 PM

    Losing Orakpo is a big loss, I won’t deny that but the Skins are deep. Carriker isn’t exactly an elite player so I’m not worried about him. As long as the Skins secondary can get it together we’ll be fine.

  81. hailskins4life says: Sep 17, 2012 9:38 PM

    Several comments about this game and these posts:

    1. First and foremost, congrats to the Rams. Offense shredded the Skins D and the defense did just enough to win.

    2. Refs were AWFUL. On both sides.

    3. Losing Rak and Carriker is going to hurt. No, their not the best in the league but losing starters hurts.

    4. Skins are much better than the last few (10?, 20?) years but it will not show up on the record like some are expecting.

    5. Those saying the Skins can’t find anyone in the draft because we gave up 2 1st Rd. picks? I forgot that every starter in the NFL was a 1st rounder. You never find any pro bowlers outside the top 32 picks. Would the trade have been better if we gave up 2 2nds? Fact is the Skins got a legit QB. That is worth the price and then some.

  82. skinssince1980 says: Sep 18, 2012 11:35 AM

    This loss hurts big time our front seven is depended upon to make up for secondary i know as a fan this is not our year but mayb 1or 2 more years we can make some noise our offense is improved as expected just wish haslett would call plays that make since

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