Open locker room: News and notes from Thursday morning at Redskins Park

Brian Orakpo, Joe Flacco

Brian Orakpo hits Joe Flacco during the preseason. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins are on the practice fields again, now three days away from the season opener in Houston. Here’s what some of the players were talking about in the locker room prior to heading out to practice.

● Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said he has “no worries” about his ankle despite being limited in practice on Wednesday. Orakpo has babied the ankle since spraining it in the third preseason game. He expects to be limited again in today’s practice, but he doesn’t expect it to limit him in any way on Sunday.

● Orakpo will be playing in his home town for the first time since 2005 on Sunday, but he said that he set a limit for the number of tickets he is giving out.

● Rookie wide receiver Ryan Grant will also be playing in his home town, but he said he doesn’t feel any extra nerves thus far.

● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he’s expecting big things out of the defense this year. He said the unit has been “a laughing stock” the past few years and now he and his teammates look forward showing the league things have changed.

● Defensive end Jason Hatcher played only 17 snaps during the preseason but he expects to be fine in the conditioning department Sunday against Houston. He took all of the first-team snaps on Monday and Wednesday and said he felt fine.

● Hatcher said that his knee also is doing well. Asked if he has experienced any soreness since returning to action, he said, “I have my days,” but added that it’s nothing serious and that he expects an effective performance Sunday.

● Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan likes the chemistry he and rookie Trent Murphy have developed. They line up on the left together in nickel packages, at times with Kerrigan as the stand-up linebacker and Murphy as the defensive end, and other times, they’ll flip-flop. Kerrigan says the two have the freedom to swap positions on the fly depending on the matchups they receive.

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