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Starting Role Isn't Ensured for Redskins' Rogers or McIntosh

Rocky McIntosh, shown diving after the Bengals' Cedric Benson on Sunday, is
Rocky McIntosh, shown diving after the Bengals' Cedric Benson on Sunday, is "struggling," at least in part because of a chronic knee ailment, defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. (By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn spoke briefly yesterday about the status of CB Carlos Rogers and LB Rocky McIntosh and was noncommittal about either player starting against Philadelphia on Sunday.

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Rogers battled a stomach ailment last week and lost his starting spot Sunday against Cincinnati. McIntosh has a chronic knee condition that is flaring up and watched the final three quarters of Sunday's game from the sidelines.

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache has expressed concerns with McIntosh's play, saying he is "struggling," at least in part because of his knees. LB Alfred Fincher, who has performed well on special teams much of the season, took McIntosh's spot Sunday.

With CB Shawn Springs healthy enough to play, and the coaches pleased with the performance of recently acquired CB DeAngelo Hall, Rogers was used sporadically against the Bengals despite having been the team's top cornerback all season. Zorn referred to Rogers's stomach problem as "no trite illness" and said the coaches will evaluate the lineup and personnel on a weekly basis.

Springs, who has been hampered by a calf injury, started at cornerback for the first time since Sept. 28 but again will rest this week to prepare for the Eagles.

ยท INJURY UPDATE: Zorn said he thinks the Redskins will have the services of most of their injured players this week, with few new concerns emerging from the loss to the Bengals.

Zorn is hopeful S Chris Horton (shoulder) will be back after a one-game absence, while WR Santana Moss (concussion) and QB Jason Campbell (elbow) are expected back at practice tomorrow.

DT Anthony Montgomery suffered a hip injury in the game, but Zorn said "hopefully, he'll be able to participate" against the Eagles in the last home game of the regular season.

LB London Fletcher made it through the Bengals game in fair shape, Zorn said, though he will be limited again in practice this week with his foot injury.

DT Cornelius Griffin is "questionable" for Sunday with his shoulder injury.

RT Jon Jansen continues to try to get the swelling out of his knee but has not been ruled out of Sunday's game after staying home last weekend. DT Kedric Golston played against the Bengals but is still battling bone spurs and will be limited in practice this week.

LB Marcus Washington has missed the past four games with a high-ankle sprain, and Zorn said that "hopefully he'll be game-ready" this week.

-- Jason La Canfora


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