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Orakpo Feeling Healthy: 'I'm Ready To Go'


The annual Brian Orakpo Leukemia Golf Classic focused on improving the health and well-being of the community, but that was not the only health discussed by the host of the event.

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a season-ending pectoral tear during the Week 2 game against the St. Louis Rams, an injury that had lingered from the end of the 2011 season.

Orakpo fielded questions about his own health at this point in the offseason, saying he is 100 percent recovered from in-season surgery and is excited to be back in the fold.

"My shoulder is feeling great. I'm ready to go," he told CSN Washington. "There shouldn't be any setbacks come OTAs.

"I can't even say how much better I feel this year from where I was at this point last year."

The Redskins pass rush took a hit last offseason, as both fellow outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and the defensive line struggled to hit home following his placement on injured reserve.

Kerrigan eventually turned his season around to finish with 8.5 sacks and a Pro Bowl selection, but the defense is expected to improve dramatically with No. 98 back in the lineup.

That work has already begun, as Orakpo has been a fixture in the team's voluntary offseason workouts at Redskins Park.

"Guys are really in shape and weren't just sitting around doing nothing this offseason," Orakpo said of his teammates. "There's a sense of camaraderie. Guys are coming in and working extremely hard. [They] are really working their tails off. [Head strength and conditioning coach] Ray [Wright] is really putting us in the best shape possible.

"That really means a lot in terms of getting over that hump and taking it to the next level."




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