Redskins' Brian Orakpo (torn pectoral) headed to IR


Brian Orakpo's season has come crashing to a close.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Washington Redskins pass-rusher is out for the rest of 2014 with the pectoral injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans, per a source informed of the situation. The team is planning to place him on injured reserve.

It's a crushing blow for Orakpo, who has suffered two torn pectoral muscles on his left side in the past. This time, the outside linebacker tore his right pectoral, cutting off a campaign that saw him notch just half a sack over seven starts.

Making $11.455 million under the franchise tag, Orakpo's run with the team might be over. Washington's 2009 first-round draft pick has 40 sacks over 71 starts and was seen as a key contributor this season, but he isn't the team's only priority.

With productive pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan set to become a free agent after next season, the Redskins might choose to allocate their big money in that direction while developing rookie Trent Murphy.

Still just 28 years old, Orakpo is a Pro Bowl-pedigree player with an NFL future; we just expect it to unfold somewhere outside our nation's capital.

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