Brian Orakpo suggests NFL consider reviewing roughing the passer

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suggested that the NFL should start reviewing roughing the passer penalties.
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Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suggested that the NFL should start reviewing roughing the passer penalties.

There were two roughing the passer flags thrown during the Redskins' loss to the Houston Texans Sunday. One was on Washington defensive end Jarvis Jenkins for hitting Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the other was on Houston safety D.J. Swearinger for hitting Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

"I understand what the league is trying to do -- protect the quarterbacks, clean up the big hits," Orakpo said after the game, according to "But I don't know, maybe we should start reviewing those type of plays because those are real momentum-type plays. Maybe we should review them and see where the initial target is, because even the one for the Texans, I thought it wasn't even a dirty hit. The one on Jenkins I felt wasn't a dirty hit.

"I wish we had a replay for it because it seemed pretty clean to me."

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The NFL's list of reviewable plays includes scoring plays, completions, incompletions and illegal forward passes.

Orakpo, a three-time Pro Bowler, is in his sixth season with the Redskins.

- Chris Johnson