The Redskins coaching staff said it expects linebacker Brian Orakpo and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger to suit up for Sundays regular season opener in New Orleans.Orakpo has not played since August 8, when aggravated the surgically repaired pectoral muscle near his left shoulder while making a tackle against the Bears.Hes been practicing well, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said on Thursday afternoon. He had that one scare in the Chicago game, but I expect him to be ready to go.Orakpo said hell know more when he wakes up Friday morning after going through a padded practice Thursday afternoon.Lichtensteiger, meantime, should be able to return to the lineup after missing almost all of the preseason following a second surgical procedure on his right knee in 10 months, Coach Mike Shanahan.Shanahan also said its possible Lichtensteiger could start but be occasionally spelled backup Maurice Hurt if necessary.If theres no setback Shanahan said of Lichtensteigers availability. He had full practice Thursday and there was no setback. Hopefully theres none Friday.If Orakpo and Lichtensteiger suit up, that would leave strong safety Brandon Meriweather as the only starter on the active roster who has been ruled out for Sundays game at the Superdome. Meriweather is sidelined 2-4 weeks with two sprained ligaments in his left knee.Expect another update on Orakpo and Lichtensteiger following Fridays practice at Redskins Park.
Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.
Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play.
A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams.
His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago.
McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith.
Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.
It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.
Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins.
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It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.
After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.
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Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.
Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.
His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.
In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.
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