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Friday, December 27, 2013
Brian Orakpo hoping for a miracle

By John Keim

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo understands it would take a lot for him to play. He's also not ready to say he won't be able to play in the season finale against the New York Giants.

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Orakpo was limited in practice Friday after doing nothing the first two practices this week. He's listed as questionable and said he'll test himself before the game Sunday to see if he can play.

"I'll be packing my bag and if something miraculous happens and I'm able to go, I'm going to play," Orakpo said.

But he back tracked a little after saying it would take a miracle.

"I wouldn't say a long shot, but I have to be realistic with the situation," he said. "If it's not where I want it to be and not healthy then I'm not going to play. But if it is, I'm going to be out there with my teammates for the last game."

It's not as if this game matters in the standings for the 3-12 Redskins, and all the questions surrounding them center on the fate of the coaching staff. Orakpo also is a free agent after the season. But he said those won't be deciding factors.

"That's not me, that's not my M.O.," Orakpo said. "I'm in treatment every day, just trying to get better. If I'm able to play I'll play, regardless if this game doesn't matter."

For New York, receiver Victor Cruz (knee), guard Brandon Mosley (hand), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and tight end Adrien Robinson (knee) are out.