After playing Saturday for the first time in eight months, Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh did something Monday he also hadn’t done in ages. He talked to the media after attempting to sneak away by switching jerseys with teammate Khary Campbell.
“It was fun, definitely exciting just to be out there,” McIntosh said of his brief action Saturday against the Jets at Giants Stadium, where he tore his ACL in December. “When I was out there in warmups, I thought about [the location] a little bit, but … once it was game-time, there’s no worrying about your leg. You gotta play full-speed.”
McIntosh was beaten for a touchdown by tight end Dustin Keller, but strongside linebacker Marcus Washington has liked what he has seen from his weakside counterpart.
“They’ve been holding him back a little bit to make sure that he doesn’t hurt himself, but when he’s out there, he’s Rocky,” Washington said.
Cornerback Carlos Rogers, who also played for the first time against the Jets since undergoing knee surgery last fall, said he hardly thought about his knee during the game.
“It was only about 10 plays, not really a test,” Rogers said of his brief stint. “I didn’t even ice it after the game.”
Coach Jim Zorn said he liked McIntosh’s aggressiveness and Rogers’ “suddenness.”
Offensive line coach Joe Bugel, who left the team after the Aug. 9 victory over Buffalo to be with his daughter, returned Monday. Bugel’s daughter Holly is battling bone cancer. Bugel was unavailable for comment.
“It’s good to have him back,” Zorn said. “He’s been through a rough week and a half. His fight is still not over for his daughter.”
Offensive tackle Jon Jansen said the linemen missed their leader.
“[Tight ends coach Rennie Simmons] did a great job coming in and coaching us up, but there’s no replacement for Joe Bugel,” Jansen said.
Starting free safety LaRon Landry, who injured his left hamstring July 24, missed yet another practice. But he did perform agility drills with injured offensive tackle Todd Wade (ankle), receiver Anthony Mix (ribs) and center Justin Geisinger (knee).
“I tried to give it a go against the Jets,” said Geisinger, who yielded to rookie free agent Andrew Crummey after a handful of plays because of the pain in his knee he incurred last week in practice. “There are only so many opportunities for guys to show [they belong, but] I feel like I’m a fast healer.”
Tight end Jason Goode, the rookie free agent from Maryland, wasn’t on the field. His right foot was in a walking boot to protect the turf toe he suffered making a grab in the fourth quarter against the Jets eight minutes before his game-winning touchdown catch.
“It’s one of those things that you have to deal with,” Goode said. “My priority is always my health, making sure my foot is OK.”
Receiver Antwaan Randle El (hamstring), running back Ladell Betts (knee) and guard Randy Thomas (knee) all practiced. Rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly ran some routes in individual drills and could make his debut Saturday at Carolina. Linebacker H.B. Blades (knee) figures to play for the first time this preseason against the Panthers.
Rian Wallace has a knack for making plays. Unfortunately, the former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker also has a knack for getting hurt, and that cost him his roster spot. Wallace missed the preseason opener after breaking a hand in the intrasquad scrimmage and followed that by separating his shoulder against the Jets. Given that he would miss the final two preseason games, the Redskins cut Wallace on Monday and signed linebacker David Holloway.
A three-year starter at Maryland, Holloway was on Arizona’s practice squad as a rookie last season until being activated for the final game. His father, Brian, starred at Churchill High School and went on to be a Pro Bowl offensive tackle with the New England Patriots.