Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said that he thoroughly expects his strained left shoulder to be healed in time for the Sept. 9 regular season opener at New Orleans. But safety Brandon Meriweather said that while his strained knee continues to progress, he doesn’t have a timetable for his return.


Orakpo and Meriweather were both injured late in the first quarter of Washington’s preseason loss to Chicago Saturday. Both had MRIs Sunday, which showed negative results.

Orakpo’s injury is in the same shoulder and pectoral area that he tore last season and had surgically repaired. Meriweather said his was the first knee injury he had ever experienced.

Orakpo has gone through contact-free portions of Washington’s practice, and said Wednesday morning that the soreness is only minimal, but that he and the team’s medical staff were proceeding with caution.

Meriweather – signed this offseason to be the team’s starting strong safety – said that he would like to play in the season opener, but that he didn’t know what his chances were.

“This is my first leg injury, period, so I didn’t know what to think,” Meriweather said. “All I know is when you see someone grab their knee, it’s something severe, so it just scared me a little bit.”

Meriweather and fellow free agent safety additions Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson had been working on developing chemistry in the secondary. Meriweather said he doesn’t expect his time on the sideline to halt their progress.

“I think for the most part, I’m pretty much up to speed,” Meriweather said. “I’ve been working with both guys, both guys are working well together. I’ve worked Tanard a lot, I’ve been working with Madieu a lot, so I think I’m up to speed with all that.”

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