Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Brian Orakpo: 'I'm pretty banged up'
By John Keim
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo said he wants to play in the season finale. Whether he can or not remains uncertain.
Orakpo strained his right groin early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and was limited in practice Tuesday.
“I’m pretty banged up, man,” Orakpo said.
Fullback Darrel Young (hamstring) was a full participant in practice. Safety Brandon Meriweather missed practice to take care of a personal matter.
Orakpo said he’d like to play in the season finale against the New York Giants, but with a caveat.
“I’m not going to be stupid,” he said. “If I feel good, I’ll try to give it a go. If not, it’s been a good season.”
Orakpo, a first-round pick in 2009, is a free agent after the season – along with fellow linebackers London Fletcher and Perry Riley. Fletcher is retiring, but the other two face an uncertain future.
But Orakpo said he’s not thinking whether Sunday will be his final game with Washington.
"It’s been a disappointing year from the whole aspect of our record,” Orakpo said. “I’m not concerned with it possibly being my last game. We have to take care of these Giants and get this bad taste out of our mouth.
“It’s going to be the last time to suit up [as a group]. Hopefully go out with a bang and finish the season somewhat on a positive note.”