Redskins' Brian Orakpo, Adam Carriker out for season 0
Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is out for the season after tearing his left pectoral muscle. (JASON REED/Reuters file photo)
The Washington Redskins defence, already one of the league's most porous through two games, just got a lot worse.
On Monday, head coach Mike Shanahan announced that OLB Brian Orakpo and DE Adam Carriker are done for the year, after being injured in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Two other defensive starters might also miss this Sunday's home opener against the Bengals.
Orakpo tore his left pectoral muscle, and will have surgery that requires four months of recovery, Shanahan told Washington reporters. Carriker tore a quad tendon near his right knee, and his surgery will keep him out for five months.
CB Josh Wilson suffered a concussion in St. Louis, and S Brandon Meriweather might not yet be ready to return from a knee injury.
"Obviously (Orakpo) is a guy that can do it all," Shanahan told reporters of the Skins' sack specialist. "He can cover. He can rush. He can play the run. He's a very physical, very smart, team player. He's all the things you look (for) in a Pro Bowl player. And obviously we'll miss him."
SANCHEZ A BUM AGAIN
The reign of Mark Sanchez as the new King of New York -- and the NFL's Next Great Elite Quarterback -- lasted all of one week.
Now he's just a bum again.
Against a banged-up Steelers defence in Pittsburgh, Sanchez started out as hot as he'd been in Week 1 against the Bills, completing 4-of-5 passes for 80 yards on New York's first drive, a 90-yarder for a TD.
After that, nothin'.
Over the last three and a half quarters of play, Sanchez was just 6-of-22 for 58 yards (a 39.6 passer rating), and he led the Jets offence to only eight more first downs. New York's only other score was a field goal in the second quarter, a drive on which Sanchez failed to complete a pass.
That's bad -- almost Week 1 Weeden bad.
"Mark's play, I think (was) a little inconsistent," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Monday.
Yeah, a little. But, hey, Ryan was happy that Sanchez didn't turn the ball over. Not even once.
"But obviously, I'd like to see us throw at a higher percentage level. There's a lot to do with it, not just Sanchez, but we have to catch the football better, routes have to be crisper, there's a lot of things that go into it."
And Tim Tebow? Don't go there.
Asked why Tebow did not remain in the game after a first-down Wildcat play that lost six yards, Ryan said: "Right now we think Mark gives us the best chance to be successful in that particular situation, against that particular opponent. Those are things that we'll always look at. I believe Tim can pass.
"We'll make the decision on when a guy is out there, not out there, or whatever."
Hunch: That wasn't the last time Ryan will address the subject this year.
Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez will miss "a few weeks" after injuring his right ankle against the Cardinals, ESPN.com reports. Although head coach Bill Belichick would not provide a health update on Hernandez on Monday, the website's unnamed source said Hernandez likely won't return until October.
NO APOLOGY, NO PUNISHMENT
"I don't have any regrets or remorse," Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said Monday, after he instructed his defensive linemen to raid Giants QB Eli Manning on an end-of-game kneeldown.
The NFL said there were no infractions on the play.
"It's up to the NFL," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who was livid Sunday with Schiano's action. "I said what I said and I believe it to be accurate with regards to the number of years that I've been in this league, and I've said my piece about it."
LIONS: Place your left thumb on your right wrist, where your blood pulsates. Feel anything? Then you might soon be a candidate to play cornerback for the Detroit Lions.
But beware. Like a bad horror movie, everybody who enters that remote cabin gets his head chopped off. Or something
The Lions are beyond desperate to field healthy, barely functioning bodies in their secondary. Veteran Drayton Florence, discarded earlier this year by the Bills and Broncos, was gobbled up by the Lions a couple weeks ago.
He suffered an undisclosed injury to his hand or forearm Sunday in Frisco, and "it doesn't look real good, but we'll see," coach Jim Schwartz said Monday.
Florence joins Chris Houston, Bill Bentley and Louis Delmas on the Lions secondary's hospital list.
An MRI confirmed that Eagles C Jason Kelce has a partial ACL tear and a total MCL tear. The MCL has to heal (4-6 weeks) before anything can be done about the ACL. If they opt for ACL reconstruction, he's done for the season. If not, and the MCL heals, he has a chance to return ... Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin has another hip contusion and probably won't practise Wednesday. WR DeSean Jackson made it through the Ravens game with a spasming hamstring, which was sore Monday. Considering all their injuries and turnovers (nine), it's a minor miracle the Eagles are 2-0 ... The league reiterated Monday that the replacement officials are doing just fine, thank you ... RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), OT David Diehl (knee) and WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) were among six Giants who did not practise Monday, before Thursday's game at Carolina. Nine Panthers didn't practise, including RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), WR Steve Smith (knee) and C Ryan Kalil (ankle) ... The only Bills player hurt in the blowout win over the Chiefs was S Jairus Byrd. His foot swelled up overnight but Byrd is expected to fly Sunday at Cleveland.