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Davis, Orakpo eager for some game action

Fred Davis, left, runs a pass route against Phillip Thomas during training camp. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND — Tight end Fred Davis and linebacker Brian Orakpo are poised to take the next step in their comebacks when they participate in the Washington Redskinspreseason opener Thursday night at Tennessee.

It’s only a preseason game. But it’s the first game action against an NFL opponent for Davis and Orakpo since each had his 2012 season cut short by injuries.

Both have participated in training-camp practices without any apparent setbacks. And both said they expect to play against the Titans and are eager to do so.

“I just want to go out there and be able to make plays, play the best that I can and see how I run after the catch,” Davis said Tuesday. “I’m sure after the first hit, I’ll be fine, get the butterflies out.”

Davis is returning from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Orakpo is coming back from a torn pectoral muscle.

“I haven’t been out here in a while as far as live competition,” Orakpo said. “So I’m a little more excited than most people. I’m gonna go out here and just try and do what I can.”

Brian Orakpo gets his hands on a ball during training camp. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

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What’s ahead:

● Wednesday, the team has a walk-through, preparing for Thursday’s preseason opener in Tennessee.

● Later this afternoon, we check in with cornerback Chase Minnifield.

● Camp in Richmond resumes Saturday. If you’re headed there, check our our guide to training camp for tips on getting autographs, where to park and things to do after the session is over.

More on the Redskins and NFL:

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Tom Compton’s duties on the offensive line expand  | All Insider posts

DE Kedric Golston is always there for the Redskins

Observations from Tuesday’s practices | Previous days’ observations

D.C. Sports Bog: Chris Cooley interviews Daniel SnyderMore Bog & Redskins

The Early Lead: ‘Butt fumble’ guard spurns Cowboys | Around the NFL

Training camp photo galleries: Aug. 3 to present | Start of camp through Aug. 2

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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