August 16, 2008

Rogers, McIntosh To Play In Tonight's Game

Carlos Rogers was supposed to be out of football for over a year. Not so fast my friends! Rogers is returning tonight against the Jets only nine months after suffering a gruesome knee injury midway through last season.

Rogers has been rehabbing furiously to get back in time for the start of the regular season. His comeback has moved along rapidly as he began participation in practice a few weeks ago and is now ready for some game action. Coaches were apprehensive of Rogers playing on the Meadowlands field turf surface, but now it appears that he is a go for tonight's game.

Rogers, a 2005 first round draft pick, was coming into his own last season before injuring himself in a 52-7 loss to New England. He is expected to be one of the Skins' starting CBs this season and it's great to see him prepared to return.

Another injured Redskin is set to see limited action tonight. LB Rocky McIntosh was hurt in a November loss to Dallas, banging up his knee as well. However, the injury was not as serious and McIntosh was expected to play in at least one preseason game. Now that we get the confirmation that all is on schedule, we can breathe a sigh of relief.

McIntosh was the Redskins second rounder in 2006 and last year was arguably the best linebacker on the team last year. London Fletcher was great, but McIntosh is very well rounded as he can adeptly defend both the run and pass. A healthy linebacking corps would greatly benefit Washington since both McIntosh and Marcus Washington missed time last year.

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