Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo went down with an injury to his left shoulder late in the first quarter of his team’s preseason matchup with the Chicago Bears on Saturday night.
Shortly after Orakpo’s injury, safety Brandon Meriweather was helped off the field with a leg injury.
Orakpo tried to tackle Bears wideout Devin Hester after Hester made a catch in the flat. But as Orakpo stretched out his left arm to grab Hester, the receiver spun off Orakpo, stretching his arm backward, and then turned up field. Orakpo fell to the ground and grabbed his left arm. Trainers tended to him before he was helped off the field and taken to the trainers’ table behind Washington’s bench.
Orakpo had his shoulder pads removed and his shoulder wrapped. He did not return in the next defensive series.
It’s the same side on which Orakpo tore a pectoral muscle in the 2011 season finale. The fourth-year pro had surgery in the offseason to repair the tear and hadn’t been hampered by it this preseason.
Meriweather was hurt during and 8-yard touchdown run by Michael Bush for Chicago.
Medical staff worked on Meriweather on the field for several minutes. The safety hobbled off the field and was taken to the trainers table behind Washington’s bench.
Meriweather – making his return to Chicago, where he played last season – walked back and forth gingerly behind the bench while he was examined further and then was taken to the locker room.
Tanard Jackson took over at strong safety.