In a mammoth double-whammy to the Washington Redskins' defense, the team will be without both defensive end Adam Carriker and linebacker Brian Orakpo for the rest of the season due to injuries.
Both players were injured in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan announced that Carriker is suffering from a quad tendon tear, which he suffered early in the first quarter of Sunday's loss. He'll be out of action for at least months.
Orakpo suffered from a tear in his left pectoral muscle, and the 4-month recovery time will also put him out for the rest of the season, Shanahan said.
Both players will undergo surgery on their injuries in the next week or so, Shanahan said during his Monday press availability.
A four-year veteran with the Redskins, Orakpo made the Pro Bowl in both 2009 and 2010 and was an alternate in last year's game. Shanahan said that his new injury is not in the same place as the one he suffered late last season in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
His nine sacks led the Redskins during the 2011 season.
Carriker, who signed a new 4-year contract with Washington this past offseason, is in his 6th year in the National Football League.