While the main injury focus in Washington has long been on quarterback Robert Griffin III, he’s not the only player on the team coming off a serious injury.
Tight end Fred Davis played Thursday night for the first time since injuring his Achilles last year and got so excited about being on the field that he drew a flag for excessive celebration after a touchdown catch. Linebacker Brian Orakpo’s enthusiasm at being back on the field after last year’s torn pectoral didn’t draw a flag, although a penalty would probably have been an acceptable price to pay as long as Orakpo “felt great to be back out there.”
“But once I got going, I just left the injury behind me,” Orakpo said, via Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com. “I wasn’t really thinking about it. My body felt great. I just played reckless out there. I played hard and acted like I never got hurt before.”
That recklessness showed when he missed a tackle on Titans running back Chris Johnson’s 58-yard touchdown run, but, as with the penalty, that’s a small price to pay for a healthy return to action for Orakpo. As long as he remains healthy, chances are that Orakpo will perform and that should make for a more effective defense for the defending NFC East champs.