Linebacker Brian Orakpo did not have a good feeling about his left pectoral immediately after he was hurt Saturday night.

“I thought I re-tore it,” Orakpo said.

But, of course, he didn’t. Orakpo strained his pectoral in Saturday’s 33-31 preseason loss at Chicago. It will keep him out of the final two preseason games. It’s not going to keep him out of the season opener at New Orleans. An MRI Sunday came back negative.
“He should be OK,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “I think everyone’s relieved.”

“Today I feel good,” Orakpo said. “The swelling has been down. I’m very optimistic about it. The injury wasn’t as significant as we originally thought.”

Orakpo tore that same pectoral muscle in the 2011 season finale vs. Philadelphia. He hurt it again trying to tackle Devin Hester on a first quarter pass completion Saturday.

“It popped on me on the field, so I was scared,” Orakpo said. “It was the same reaction as when I tore it in Philly.”

Meanwhile, safety Brandon Meriweather’s MRI also came back negative. He injured his knee vs. the Bears and while he doesn’t need surgery, Shanahan called him day to day. Like Orakpo, he won’t play in the final two preseason games.