The Redskins were dealt a huge blow in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, as DE Adam Carriker and OLB Brian Orakpo both suffered season-ending injuries.
Head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Monday that Carriker tore his quad tendon and will need five months to recover. Orakpo tore a different part of his left pectoral muscle and needs four months of recovery time.
Carriker started the first two games of this season and had one tackle. In 2011, he played in every game and had 34 tackles and 5½ sacks.
Orakpo had five tackles, one sack, three passes defensed and a forced fumble in two games this season. Last season, he had nine sacks, five passes defensed and three forced fumbles. He had missed only one game in his first three NFL seasons and has 29½ career sacks.
Shanahan said players like Chris Baker and Doug Worthington will get opportunities to help on the D-line and Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson will get the first chance to take over for Orakpo.