- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2012

The Washington Redskins are already hurting on defense after allowing 63 points in the first two weeks. But the pain doesn’t end there.

Defensive end Adam Carriker will miss the rest of the season with a right leg injury. Middle linebacker London Fletcher confirmed that Monday morning.

Adam’s been a big part of what we’ve been able to do around here, a tremendous player for us. He’s going to be done, I guess, for the rest of the year,” Fletcher said. “We’ll miss him, but it’s an opportunity for somebody else now. We’re a no-excuse football team. Hey, injuries happen in the National Football League, so the next man has to come up and play well in that position.”

Carriker went down grabbing his right quad Sunday in the Redskins‘ 31-28 loss at the St. Louis Rams. The “next man” in his spot figures to be Jarvis Jenkins, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

The Redskins are also going to be without linebacker Brian Orakpo for the rest of the season after he tore his left pectoral muscle in St. Louis. Linebacker Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson are expected to compete for Orakpo’s starting job.

Both injuries are significant blows to a defense that did not have any players on its front seven miss a game due to injury last season.