Brian Orakpo missed nearly all of what was a turnaround season for the Washington Redskins.
The team’s top pass rusher declared himself 100 percent and is ready to go as the offseason program swings into gear.
Orakpo has been dealing with a left shoulder and pectoral issue since the end of the 2011 season when he was originally injured. He aggravated the injury in a preseason game last August against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field and then tore the muscle the following month in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams while sacking Sam Bradford.
Orakpo underwent surgery and spent the remainder of the season on the shelf.
“Health is great,” Orakpo said on Comcast SportsNet, according to Tarik El-Bashir. “I’m good, man, I’m feeling great. Rehab has been going tremendously well. I’m 100-percent. To be honest, I’m great, man, my body is feeling even better than what it was before as far as conditioning and strength-wise. Because one thing when you get hurt is you get to work on all the little muscles that you have a tendency to (overlook).”
It’s a big season for Orakpo, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. A big season could position him for a huge windfall because before this series of injuries, he was a durable performer.
“I’m anxious, that was the first time in my career I missed some games like this,” Orakpo said. “I’m not really an injury type of guy. Sitting out was very uncommon for myself. But I have some huge goals for myself this year, some huge goals for this team. I’m ready to wreak havoc. I’m ready to get my crown back as far as putting hell to these quarterbacks in the NFC East and all over the NFL.”
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