In his short time away from the game of football, tight end Chris Cooley joined Redskins Nation weekly for what became known as the “Cooley Report.”
Well, Cooley now has his attention in other places — he was re-signed by the Redskins on Monday — but another Redskins player with a little bit more free time on his hands could fill in his place in front of the cameras.
Outside Brian Orakpo, who suffered a season-ending pectoral injury Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, joined Larry Michael for what he called the “‘Rak Report.” Whether or not it becomes a weekly thing is unknown at this point, but it sure is good just to see Orakpo back at the team’s facility.
Orakpo underwent surgery on his left pectoral muscle, and showed the scar to Michael on this week’s ‘Rak Report — and we’ve got the video.
First, Orakpo answered a couple of questions about his recovery and what he’s now doing with his free time:
“I’m good, man. I’m feeling great,” Orakpo told Michael. “Rehab’s going well [and] I’m starting to get accustomed to coming back to the park and getting the proper treatment. I’m back in the weight room building obviously my lower body right now; still recovering from the upper body. Things are going real well for me.”
When does Orakpo hope to be back at 100 percent?
“In a perfect world, I would believe January is the target goal for me to be back up and running,” Orakpo said. “But we’re not going to risk anything. If anything, I was hoping to come back for the playoffs. That was somewhat of a discussion, but at the end of the day, we’re not going to risk it. So we’re just going to shoot for January, February and go from there.”
What advice does Orakpo have for tight end Fred Davis, who went down last Sunday with a season-ending Achilles injury?
“Man, just stay focused and don’t get too down on yourself,” Orakpo said. “Don’t feel like you let anybody down because you cannot prevent injuries. That’s one thing that I had to get over when I got hurt. I felt like I let the whole city down, I let my team down, but at the end of the day, I gave it my all and this is a very, very tough game we play. Freddy, obviously, went down on a freak accident — it was a non-contact type of injury, and those, almost 100 percent, are the worst kind because you know something’s very serious. I’m talking to Freddy every day. I believe he’s having his surgery this week, and you’ve just got hang in there. We’ll be in rehab together getting both right so we can come back strong next year.”
And is Orakpo driving his wife bonkers being at home so much yet?
“Yeah, not yet,” Orakpo said with a laugh. “That’s the only good thing about it is I get to spend more time with my family when I have so much down time, but I still want to be out there, obviously.”
Here’s the video:
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