Brian Orakpo, Josh Morgan among Redskins inactives vs. Giants

December 29, 2013

Brian Orakpo said he would like to play Sunday against the Giants. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  The Redskins will be without their top pass rusher, linebacker Brian Orakpo, as they close out the season against the New York Giants today. Wide receiver Josh Morgan also is among the team’s inactives.

Orakpo left last week’s game with a right groin strain and was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. He wanted to play in the final game of the season, and in what could be his final game as a Redskin because his contract expires this offseason. But at the same time, Orakpo knew that he couldn’t put himself at risk of more serious injury.

“I’m not going to be stupid, but we’ll see how the week progresses,” he said earlier this week.

Rob Jackson, who also has an expiring contract, will start in place of Orakpo at left outside linebacker.

Morgan also could be playing in his final game as a Redskin. Signed as a free agent in the offseason of 2012, he was expected to pair with Pierre Garcon to give Washington an improved receiving unit. But he had a disappointing 2013 campaign, and was in and out of the starting lineup. He initially lost his job to Leonard Hankerson and was relegated to special teams, where he returned punts and kicks. Morgan returned to the starting lineup when Hankerson suffered a season-ending injury. But coaches were disappointed with his effort and quality of play. Morgan finished the year with just 20 catches for 214 yards and no touchdowns.

Aldrick Robinson will start in place of Morgan.

Also inactive for the Redskins: quarterback Robert Griffin III, cornerback Chase Minnifield, offensive lineman J.D. Walton, linebacker Adrian Robinson and offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus.

A third-round pick out of Southern Methodist University in 2012, LeRibeus didn’t dress for a game this season. He was expected to compete for a starting job at left guard. But he reported for offensive workouts roughly 40 pounds overweight and spent the offseason working his way back into shape. LeRibeus then spent the preseason playing catchup, but never managed to even earn his way into a game-day uniform.

For in-game updates, analysis, photos and the best of social media, plus a place to talk with fellow Redskins fans, visit our live blog, from two hours before kickoff through the post-game news conferences.

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