The Washington Times - August 20, 2012, 03:34PM

The Redskins in the last 24 hours got some positive injury news, for a change.

Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo’s pectoral injury is not nearly as serious as he initially feared.


Safety Brandon Meriweather’s left knee injury also isn’t serious. Orakpo and Meriweather won’t play again this preseason, coach Mike Shanahan said Monday afternoon, but the team is proceeding as if those two defensive starters will be available for the season opener against New Orleans on Sept. 9.

“I think everybody is relieved,” Shanahan said. “Good news.”

Orakpo and Meriweather were hurt during the first half of Saturday’s preseason loss to Chicago.

The good news didn’t stop there. Linebacker London Fletcher returned from his undisclosed ailment. He fully participated in Monday’s practice.

“He felt good,” Shanahan said. “He should be ready to go unless there’s a setback.”

Updates on other players, quotes courtesy of Shanahan…

RB Roy Helu, Jr.: “Right now both Achilles are a little sore. That’s not good news, but he’s had a little recovery time, so hopefully it’s not as bad as it was last week.”

Helu’s status for Saturday’s game against Indianapolis is uncertain.

RB Tim Hightower (left knee): “He’s a little sore today. I just talked to him. He practiced today, so hopefully he keeps getting better this week. If he does feel good enough to play, we’ll play him. If not, we’ll try to play him in Tampa.”

LG Kory Lichtensteiger (left knee) participated in team drills.

S DeJon Gomes wore a walking boot out of the locker room after Saturday’s game, but he fully practiced in practice: “It’s a little sore,” Shanahan said. “I think he’ll be able to play this week.”

DL Kedric Golston: “Kedric practiced. The elbow is still a little bit sore; triceps, as well. But he practiced full today. DJ also practiced full.”

RT Jammal Brown received a second cortisone injection in his ailing left hip, Shanahan said, but don’t expect to see him anytime soon.