Brian Orakpo’s shoulder surgery is successful

By Mike Jones

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo had surgery to repair his left shoulder on Tuesday.

Orakpo, who suffered an injury to his left shoulder and pectoral muscle in the season finale against Philadelphia, had the surgery done in Pensacola, Fla. The player announced the news on his Twitter account Tuesday evening.

“Just had successful shoulder surgery in Pensacola,” the tweet read. “[T]hanks everybody for their support! Now time for a speedy recovery HTTR!”

The University of Texas product just completed his third season with the Redskins, and again led the team in sacks, recording nine during the 2011 campaign. It marked the third consecutive year that Orakpo – the 13th overall pick of the 2009 draft — has led the team in sacks. As a rookie, he and Andre Carter tied for first on the team with 11 sacks. Last season, Orakpo posted 8.5 sacks.

He entered the Philadelphia game with seven sacks, but recorded two in the first half. Orakpo’s injury occurred late in the second quarter when he sacked Michael Vick and also forced the quarterback to fumble the ball deep in Eagles’ territory.

Orakpo — a two-time Pro Bowl pick and an alternate for the 2012 game — received treatment in the locker room at halftime, but didn’t have any strength in his shoulder, and watched the rest of the game with his shoulder wrapped. He underwent an MRI exam the following day, but Redskins coach Mike Shanahan at the time didn’t have any further details on the extent of Orakpo’s injury or how long it would take to recover.

When reached for comment Tuesday night, Redskins senior vice president Tony Wyllie said that the team didn’t have any information on Orakpo’s condition or the surgery.

Neither Orakpo, nor his agent returned messages left for them.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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