With his two sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo finished the year with a team-high nine and posted his second multi-sack game of the season and the sixth of his career.
Orakpo, who has led the team in sacks in each of the last three seasons, also became the first Redskins player in 22 years to record at least eight sacks in three consecutive seasons. Former great Dexter Manley achieved the feat every season from 1983 to 1989.
But Orakpo couldn’t enjoy his accomplishment because the Redskins lost, and because he suffered a shoulder/pectoral muscle injury that forced him out of the entire second half.
“I could care less about the sacks, man,” said the third-year pro, who had never recorded a sack against the Eagles in his career. “I’m all about W’s. We did a great job of getting after it in the first half, and I was just disappointed that I couldn’t finish out the game.”
The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder said after the game that he will have an MRI exam done Monday to learn the extent of his injury.
Orakpo recorded his first sack on the third play of the game. His second came late in the second quarter, causing a fumble that fellow linebacker Perry Riley recovered at the Philadelphia 17-yard line with 35 seconds left on the clock.
When the Redskins emerged from the locker room after halftime, however, Orakpo had his left shoulder wrapped, and a sideline attendant held his pads and jersey.
“On the sack, I believe that I landed on my left side, my arm,” Orakpo said. “I’m not sure, but it’s not good. I wasn’t able to return, we were doing all kind of strength tests at halftime. I’m normally used to shaking off, but I had no power in my left arm and we’re going to get an MRI tomorrow.”
The pair of sacks represented progress for Orakpo, who until two weeks ago, had only a half-sack in 16 NFC East games. Orakpo finally got a full sack against Eli Manning in Washington’s 23-10 win over the Giants.
And then he sacked Michael Vick twice on Sunday, leaving only Dallas’ Tony Romo unchecked on his wishlist.
“I’ve got that out of my hair now. I’ve got Eli, now I’ve got Vick, I’ve got Romo left. Guess that’s something good,” Orakpo said when asked about his newfound effectiveness inside the division. “I’ve got this monkey off my back with these NFC East quarterbacks. But it’s still tough, man. Like I said, first half we did good and I wish I could finished it off.”