Redskins' Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker to miss rest of season with injuries

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo sits on the bench in the final seconds of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in St. Louis. The Rams won 31-28. AP Photo/Tom Gannam

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo sits on the bench in the final seconds of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in St. Louis. The Rams won 31-28.
AP Photo/Tom Gannam

(CBS News) ASHBURN, Va. - The Washington Redskins lost more than a football game Sunday - they lost two of their top defenders to season-ending injuries.

The team said Monday that linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker are expected to be out for the season after being hurt in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Carriker, who registered 5.5 sacks last season, suffered a right knee injury and will be sidelines about five months after surgery.

Orakpo, who was had injured his left shoulder, said after the game that "it just ripped on me, man. Same injury as before. It's just frustrating, man." It was actually not the same injury, according to the team's official Twitter feed:

Orakpo had 59 tackles and 9 sacks last season and coach Mike Shanahan said that the team will miss his production.

"He can do it all," Shanahan said. "He's everything you look at in a Pro Bowl linebacker."

He said both players will get surgery within the next week.

According to CBSSports.com's Ryan Wilson, Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson will get the chance to take over for Orakpo while Doug Worthington and Chris Baker will be given opportunities to replace Carriker.

  • Stephen Smith

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