Monday, September 17, 2012

Orakpo, Carriker Sidelined (UPDATED)

UPDATE @ 4:44 PM:

Another crushing blow has been dealt to the Washington Redskins. Not only have they lost Adam Carriker for the season due to a torn quad, but now they have lost Pro Bowl defensive end Brian Orakpo for the season due to a torn pectoral muscle.

Both of the players sustained their injuries in the first five minutes against the Rams.

Expect Jarvis Jenkins to get a lot of playing time for the rest of the season. He filled the void when the Adam Carriker went down this past weekend and will likely get the start this weekend. Rob Jackson will most likely fill start in place of Orakpo.

For a more in-depth look at how this effects the Redskins, read the rest of this post.

Source: ESPN

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The Redskins released two updates on two of their top defensive players.

In the first five minutes of the Redskins game against the Rams yesterday, two starters on the defensive line went down.

The first player was defensive end Adam Carriker. Carriker tore his right quad and had to be helped off the field. Tests following the game showed that he indeed did tear his right quad muscle. Carriker will be out for the remainder of the season.

The guy that will most likely fill the void will be Jarvis Jenkins. Jenkins missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Jenkins had one solo tackle against the Rams and has appeared in both games this season for the Redskins.

The Redskins will certainly be losing some talent. Carriker is more aggressive and is much tougher in the trenches. Jenkins can hold firm, but look for the Bengals to be running his was this weekend.

The next player that the Redskins updated the injury status of was outside linebacker/defensive end Brian Orakpo. Not long after Carriker was removed from the game due to injury, Orakpo came off the field, as well.

According to Orakpo's backup, Rob Jackson, Orakpo reaggrevated his left pectoral muscle that he tore last season. Orakpo is expected to miss this weekends game against the Bengals.

This will be a huge blow for the defense. Orakpo is one of the Redskins best pass rushers and can also cover in the field. Rob Jackson doesn't quite have the speed and agility of Orakpo and I don't expect him to make much of a difference on the defensive line.

A lot of pressure will be applied to the secondary this week against Andy Dalton and the Bengals. With the absence of two of the Redskins best pass rushers, Andy Dalton will make time to make good reads and deliver good passes. Usually, we need the front seven to apply pressure and help the secondary. This time, however, the secondary will need to tighten down so the Redskins pass rush can get to Andy Dalton.

Expect plenty of blitz packages from Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett this week. They'll need to blitz extra players in order to apply some pressure to Andy Dalton. If Dalton has time in the pocket, he and receiver AJ Green could pick apart the Redskins defense much like Sam Bradford and Danny Amedola did this past weekend.

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Source: Washington Post, Washington Times