Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (left pectoral) told reporters he expects to play in the season opener. Strong safety Brandon Meriweather (left knee) said he hopes to do the same. Meriweather gave little away, proudly demonstrating what he learned in New England about keeping injury information a secret.
Anatomy of a fumble
Multiple breakdowns by the Redskins resulted in quarterback Robert Griffin III’s sack and fumble in the second quarter against Chicago.
Rookie running back Alfred Morris failed to pick up a safety blitz on the left. Tight end Chris Cooley also missed his read on the right and left tight end Fred Davis alone against Israel Idonije. Cooley kicked out a step, hesitated and didn’t block anyone
Cooley described what happened:
“It’s a pass protection where I’m responsible for all the secondary,” he said. “I should have saw earlier that the corner and safety weren’t coming. I stepped out to the corner. I was responsible for the corner. I wanted to ensure — I should have just sat tight with Fred. Fred actually did a pretty good job on the block.
“We talked about the corner possibly coming off the edge. In practice, I had a look where the same [thing] happened, and I turned to help [Fred] and the guy came. No real excuses. I could have helped Fred.”
Kickoff for the Redskins‘ preseason finale against Tampa Bay on Aug. 29 has been moved to 7 p.m. from 7:30.