Washington Redskins free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe said earlier this week that he felt fully healthy for the first time this season, but he will not start today against the Seattle Seahawks.
The team announced that Reed Doughty will start at free safety instead.
Atogwe had been hampered by knee and toe injuries and he missed the game against San Francisco three weeks ago. A week later, Atogwe dressed against Miami, but did not play because he wasn’t fully healthy and would’ve taken the field only in an emergency. Instead Doughty started.
Atogwe, who signed with Washington as a free agent during the offseason, has played in seven of the team’s 10 games and has recorded 35 tackles and an interception.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Atogwe, who practiced fully every day this week, had suffered a setback or if his demotion was performance-based. Doughty started five of the games in which he has appeared, amassing 49 tackles and a forced fumble while splitting time between free safety and strong safety.