Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Orakpo tore the pectoral muscle near his left shoulder, and defensive end Carriker tore the quad tendon in his right knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The injuries rob two players from a team that has allowed 63 points and more than 800 yards in its first two games, tempering the early promise by Redskins (1-1) have shown with rookie quarterback Griffin
Shanahan said that he didn’t sit Morgan down after the game to discuss his error in judgment. The coach did address the issue to the entire team, however.
“I talked to our team and Josh was in the room. I didn’t talk to Josh specifically. I think the action spoke volumes,” Shanahan said. “We had talked about keeping your poise before the game. Obviously, a number of reasons why. And then the coaches obviously go over the film.
“You always are going to play the best players – the guys that you think give you the best chance to win,” Shanahan continued. “What you’re trying to do is make sure that it doesn’t reoccur again for your whole football team. That’s the difference between winning and losing, guys keeping their composure. A lot of these veterans set these guys up. They’ll have a little push or a little hit at the end of a play, and all of a sudden, a guy loses his composure, and these vets are smart enough to walk away. That happens in the National Football League, and you’ve got to be smart enough to keep your composure.”
In his second NFL game, Robert Griffin III was knocked around, sacked, chased, and generally harassed by the St. Louis Rams. He also made plays with his arm, his feet, and his head and was the primary reason the Redskins were able to hold on before losing 31-28 in the last minutes of play.
On an NFL Sunday full of controversial calls, the most controversial of all came in St. Louis, when Redskins receiver Josh Morgan was flagged for a personal foul for throwing the ball at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan, a 15-yard penalty that took the Redskins out of range for a game-tying field goal. The NFL’s replacement officials were right to throw that flag on Morgan, but they were wrong not to throw a flag on the Rams as well.
Immediately after Morgan got his penalty, Rams defensive end Chris Long stood in front of the Redskins’ sideline, appearing to yell at Redskins players and pointing at his helmet, as if to say, “Use your head.” Long’s actions were a clear violation of the NFL’s definition of unsportsmanlike conduct, which prohibits “Using abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents” and “Using baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams.”