The Washington Times - December 26, 2013, 06:10PM

Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo did not participate in the Washington Redskins’ practice on Thursday because of a strained right groin, though coach Mike Shanahan said a decision has not been made as to whether he would play Sunday against the New York Giants.

“If we feel he can’t go, he won’t go,” Shanahan said. “But Rak, like the rest of our players – if he can play, he wants to play, but we’re not going to jeopardize his leg to play for obvious reasons.”

Orakpo strained the muscle in the fourth quarter of the Redskins’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and was unable to return to the game. He was limited in practice on Tuesday, but was standing on the sidelines for the brief period of practice open to reporters on Thursday.

If he cannot play, it’s possible Sunday’s game was his last with the Redskins. Orakpo’s rookie contract is set to expire after the season, making him an unrestricted free agent, and while he’s insisted he wants to remain with the team, it’s unclear whether the Redskins will be willing to pay him the money he’s hoping to command as a top-level pass rusher.

Two other players were listed on the injury report but finished a full practice on Thursday: outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who has been bothered by an unspecified wrist injury, and fullback Darrel Young, who aggravated a strained quadriceps on Sunday.