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Redskins lose two defensive starters
Washington Redskins defensive starters Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker will sit out the rest of the season with injuries, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.
Orakpo, an outside linebacker, and Carriker, a defensive end, will both undergo surgeries after being hurt during Washington’s 31-28 loss Sunday at St. Louis.
Orakpo suffered a torn left pectoral muscle and Carriker tore a quad tendon. Their injuries are expected to require four or five months to heal.
Orakpo has recorded 170 tackles with 29 1/2 sacks since being drafted out of Texas in 2009.
Carriker has since started all but one of 34 games since joining the Redskins in 2010 in a trade with St. Louis. He has 125 career tackles with nine sacks.
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