The Washington Times - May 6, 2013, 11:58AM

Redskins right outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is recovered from the torn left pectoral that sidelined him for 14 games last season, and he is ready to participate in organized team activities when they begin on May 20.

“The pec is feeling great,” Orakpo said Monday morning at the Leukemia Golf Classic, which he hosts annually. “I’ve been working extremely hard ever since I went down last September. I couldn’t feel any better. I know it’s a lot of players say when they come back from injuries that they’re 100 percent, this and that, but honestly I really feel good. I shouldn’t have no setbacks come OTAs and minicamp. I should be ready to go as if I didn’t miss a beat at all. I’m excited to get back.”


Orakpo feels much better this spring than he did during the 2012 offseason. He suffered a left pec injury in the 2011 season finale against Philadelphia and had a minor procedure to address it. He re-injured the muscle last preseason and again in Week 2 against St. Louis. He had major surgery to repair it.

“It feels differently because I’m not having any aches,” he said. “I’m not having any pains. I’m not having any sort of discomforts. A lot of times when you come back from a severe injury, you can have some setbacks. You can have some discomfort, but you try to play through it. This time around, it really has been beneficial for me as far as not really feeling anything.

Orakpo believes he is not at risk of re-injuring the pec as he did last season.

“It just was a freak accident,” he said.

“I couldn’t be any more healthier. I continue to get my maintenance in each and every day before we start our workout program just to kind of stay on top of it this time around.”

This is Orakpo’s third year hosting the tournament, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia,lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease & myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“It’s a huge honor,” Orakpo said. “I get the privilege to meet kids all around the DMV area that are dealing with this. Just spending some time with them, spending some time with their families.”

Orakpo dedicated this year’s event to the memory of Brendan Kelly, the 2011 Leukemia Golf Classic Patient Hero, who died at age 14 last week.