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Orakpo named NFC defensive player of the week

Kevin Kolb, Brian Orakpo

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, left, is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo in the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP

The Washington Redskins have gotten off to an unexpected 3-1 start. Far less surprising is the fact that linebacker Brian Orakpo is once again standing out.

Orakpo has been named the NFC defensive player of the week after the team’s 17-10 win over the Rams.

In the game, Orakpo had five tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and three quarterback hits.

Orakpo now has 23 career sacks in two-plus NFL seasons.