Veteran inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh was a surprise member of the Washington Redskins’ inactives list released before today’s season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It is a sour end to an already disappointing season for McIntosh and begs the question of whether the former second-round pick has played his final game with the team that drafted him in 2006.
McIntosh entered last offseason as a free agent. The team seemed content to let him walk, hoping that second-year pro Perry Riley could take over at inside linebacker next to London Fletcher. But once training camp began, it became clear to the coaches that Riley wasn’t ready to handle that responsibility and the team re-signed McIntosh to a one-year deal.
McIntosh got off to a strong start, leading the team in tackles during the first few weeks of the season. But his effectiveness began to diminish. Riley replaced him as starter in the ninth game of the season. Since then, McIntosh has served as a special teams player.
And now, he won’t play in the final game of the season.
Also inactive for the Redskins are right tackle Jammal Brown, receivers Aldrick Robinson and David Anderson, defensive ends Kentwan Balmer and Doug Worthington, and tight end Richard Quinn.
The Redskins will start Tyler Polumbus at right tackle in place of Brown, who was limited this week by hip and groin injuries.
The Redskins will have running back Roy Helu back in uniform after he missed last week’s game with knee and toe injuries. Evan Royster had a career day, topping the 100-yard mark and averaging 6.9 yards a carry with Helu sidelined.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be without starting running back LeSean McCoy, who was limited this week by an ankle injury.