Redskins may have lost Carriker and Orakpo for a while

Not only did the Washington Redskins lose a tough game on Sunday, but they may have lost both Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo for a while.

Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker is expected to have surgery on his right knee after seriously injuring it on the second play of Sunday’s 31-28 loss at St. Louis.

Carriker is to have an MRI on Monday to learn the extent of the injury, but Redskins coach Mike Shanahan indicated that the team isn’t optimistic about Carriker’s chances of returning any time soon.

“It doesn’t look good,” Shanahan said.

Orakpo injured the same shoulder/pectoral muscle that he did in 2011.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo could be lost for a significant stretch of time as well after re-injuring the same shoulder/pectoral muscle that required surgery in the offseason.

Both Carriker and Orakpo are key players that make up the Redskins’ front seven.