Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo confirmed Monday afternoon that the X-ray and MRI exam on his shoulder revealed no significant damage.
Coach Mike Shanahan, though, said he does not anticipate Orakpo suiting up again during the preseason as a precaution.
“I feel better today,” Orakpo said. “We got some good news, so I’m very optimistic about it. It wasn’t as serious as I thought and I should be ready to roll.”
Orakpo was injured in the first quarter of Saturday’s 33-31 loss in Chicago as he attempted to arm tackle Bears wide receiver Devin Hester.
As he lay on the field, Orakpo feared the worst. The sharp pain he felt was in the same pectoral muscle that he tore in the season finale last season.
“I worked this hard trying to get back, and I actually felt it pop,” Orakpo said. “I thought it was done, to be honest with you. …It felt very similar, that’s why it took a long process to get off the field. That’s what scared me the most.”
Orakpo was examined Saturday night by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who happened to be on the sidelines. Andrews performed the original surgery.
“There was no tear,” Shanahan said. “They felt like [it was] a little scar tissue, but nothing that serious. So he should be okay. Everyone is relieved.”