Washington Redskins suffered a tough loss to the St.Louis Rams and it didn't get better as they learned defensive end Adam Carriker and linebacker Brian Orakpo will miss the remainer of the 2012 season. Orakpo, star outside linebacker, tore his left pectoral in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Rams.
Carriker, the sixth-year defensive end, suffered a quad tendon tear and won't see the field again in 2012. Both players are scheduled to undergo surgery this week.
The news is especially painful for Orakpo, whose 2011 season was cut short with a similar injury. He aggravated the pectoral muscle again during the preseason and never appeared 100 percent healthy.
What was once considered the strength of the team and one of the best starting defensive front seven coming into the year, is suddenly a concern with 14 games remaining.
Sunday's setback was initially viewed as a week-to-week situation, but the Redskins now must move forward without their most dynamic pass rusher.
Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson, backups throughtout their NFL careers, will now compete to take Orakpo's outside linebacker spot. Jarvis Jenkins, a 2011 second-round pick who missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury, will replace Carriker.
Redskins (1-1) must now refocus as they have a tough task next week vs the Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)