Brian Orakpo LB WAS 3 Days

Orakpo (ankle) did not practice Monday.

Orakpo suffered a slight ankle injury during Saturday's preseason game and sat out Monday's practice session to rest the ailment. Although it wouldn't be surprising if Orakpo also missed Thursday's preseason finale, the Redskins' sack master should be fine for Week 1.

Brian Orakpo LB WAS 4 Days

Orakpo's ankle injury appears to be minor, the Washington Post reports.

Orakpo left Saturday's preseason game and did not return as precaution.

Brian Orakpo LB WAS 4 Days

Orakpo is questionable to return to Saturday's preseason contest at Baltimore due to an injured ankle, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

As one of Washington's top pass rusher's, Orakpo's absence is concerning for their overall prospects. In five NFL seasons, he's accumulated 39.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in 64 games.

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CSN Washington reports the Redskins and franchise player OLB Brian Orakpo are unlikely to agree to a long-term deal before Tuesday afternoon's deadline.

The two sides have until 4 PM ET. Orakpo and the Redskins were not close in their negotiations back in March, and not much progress has been made since. Orakpo will play out the season on his $11.455 million tender and can be tagged again next spring at $13.7 million. He's a legit threat for double-digit sacks.

Brian Orakpo LB WAS 5 Months

The new Redskins coaching staff is expected to allow Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to rush the quarterback more often this season.

Jim Haslett remains the Redskins' defensive coordinator, but new head coach Jay Gruden is preaching aggression defensively. Orakpo racked up 10 sacks last year despite rushing the passer just 363 times, 16th-most in the league among 3-4 outside linebackers. This year, he should get at least 100 more chances to attack the quarterback. CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir is projecting 14-16 sacks.

Brian Orakpo LB WAS 5 Months

Redskins signed OLB Brian Orakpo to his one-year, $11.455 million franchise tender.

In some cases, franchise players hold off on signing the tender as a statement. Orakpo isn't messing around. Coach Jon Gruden already hinted that he wants to see his best defender improve on the field before signing him to a mammoth long-term deal, and Orakpo has said he has no problem with that. Still just 27 years old, he projects as one of the most coveted free agents that will hit the market in 2015.

Brian Orakpo LB WAS 5 Months

Coach Jay Gruden hinted that the Redskins will not work out a long-term deal with franchise player Brian Orakpo prior to the season.

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Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo expressed no displeasure with his franchise tag on Monday, and hopes to sign a long-term deal with Washington.

"Hopefully we can get something done as far as long-term, but at least this is a step moving forward and not backward," said Orakpo, who's owed $11.455 million via the tag. "I want something that can work out for the both of us and this was that one step moving forward, and I'm happy to continue hopefully being a part of the Redskins." The Redskins could significantly reduce Orakpo's $11.455 million charge via a long-term extension. That'll be the goal.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Brian Orakpo has "no plans" to sign his franchise tender, and it "may be a while."

The team was aware of this "risk" when it tagged him. Orakpo doesn't need to sign the tag to negotiate a long-term deal with Washington, which surely would be GM Bruce Allen's preference. Orakpo is free to skip pre-training camp activities as long as he's not signed. The Skins retained DC Jim Haslett's system, so missing OTAs would be of no concern for Orakpo's performance.

Brian Orakpo LB WAS 6 Months

Redskins assigned the franchise tag to OLB Brian Orakpo.

He's the fourth NFL player tagged, joining Saints TE Jimmy Graham, Panthers DE Greg Hardy, and Jets K Nick Folk. We were surprised to see a groundswell of support among "Skins fans" for letting Orakpo walk when he's going-away their most valuable player on defense. Although Orakpo has yet to truly realize his immense potential, he's a 27-year-old edge presence who fills against the run and recorded ten sacks last season. Refusing to let Orakpo hit the market was a no-brainer move by GM Bruce Allen. The Skins can now use the rest of the offseason to build around their standout OLB duo of "Rak Attack" and Ryan Kerrigan.