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Redskins LB Brian Orakpo says he's '100 percent'

Thursday - 5/30/2013, 3:54pm  ET

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) center, defensive end Phillip Merling (93), left, and defensive lineman Chris Baker (92), right, practice during a NFL football organized team activity at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

DAVID ELFIN
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- No veteran was more excited than Brian Orakpo to be sweating under the scorching late spring sun Thursday at Redskins Park.

Orakpo's fourth year was cut short in Week 2 by a season-ending injury to his left pectoral muscle, the third injury to that area of his body in nine months.

The 26-year-old Orakpo says he feels fresh and is "100 percent." He says the Redskins are not holding him back, and that "when you miss a year, you get to rejuvenate your body, let everything else that was nagging you heal up (too). It's kind of a gift and curse."

Washington coach Mike Shanahan says "you're always hoping that it's healed the right way," but "so far, he looks very good."


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