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News & Notes: Armstrong Moves Into Starting Lineup


Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong was already brimming with confidence after two strong games the last two weeks.

His confidence received another boost on Sunday night vs. Indianapolis.

Armstrong moved into the starting lineup, replacing Joey Galloway. He posted five catches for 46 yards in the Redskins' 27-24 loss to the Colts.

Armstrong made his first career start in Week 5 vs. Green Bay as part of a three wide receiver set.

Against the Colts, he was part of the base offense opposite fellow wide receiver Santana Moss.

So it appears the Redskins have found – for now – their No. 2 receiver.

"I'm gaining a lot of confidence," Armstrong said. "I think teams are going to respect and recognize what I bring and change how they want to play. They can't just double [Chris] Cooley or double Moss all day."

Said head coach Mike Shanahan: "If he continues to improve like he's improving, he's going to get a lot of playing time."

It has been a surprising ride for Armstrong, who worked his way up from the little-known Intense Football League to the Arena Football League to the NFL.

He was a standout in training camp and preseason and worked his way into the lineup with big plays in recent weeks.

He caught a 57-yard pass in Week 4 vs. Philadelphia and a 48-yard touchdown vs. Green Bay.

Armstrong's presence gives quarterback Donovan McNabb more options in the passing game.

"Anthony is a guy who has made a lot of plays all through OTAs and mini-camps," McNabb said. "A lot of guys have had confidence in him...With Anthony in there, it is not like it is a drop-off too much of what we try to do.

"Anthony has great speed to get downfield and with the ball in his hands you just never know what can happen. He does a great job on special teams as well, so the guys really know about Anthony, and they have the utmost confidence in him."


Rocky McIntosh was among the Redskins' inactives for Sunday night's game after he missed all of practice last week due to a concussion.

McIntosh was listed as questionable heading into the game.

The Redskins started H.B. Blades at linebacker.

McIntosh suffered the head injury in last week's game against the Green Bay Packers.

It was not initially thought to be serious, but the NFL has become very cautious when it comes to head injuries.

"Remember, they look at those concussions really seriously," Shanahan said. "Regardless if there are any symptoms there they're going to look at it very carefully."


Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was deactivated for Sunday's game vs. Indianapolis.

Haynesworth returned to the team last Thursday after being away for six days. He was in Tennessee and South Carolina for funeral services for his brother, who died in a motorcycle accident in Nashville.

Asked about Haynesworth's availability after the game, Shanahan said: "I just thought six or seven days without working out and coming in after the game plan had already been implemented, it was just a combination of both of those two things."

The Sunday Night Football broadcast team reported that Haynesworth watched the game from a suite at FedExField.


Tight end Chris Cooley left the Colts game in the third quarter after suffering a concussion.

Cooley's status will be updated by Mike Shanahan on Monday.

"I knew just looking at him on the sidelines, you could tell that there was something wrong," Shanahan said. "I really don't know when it [happened]."

Cooley finished the game with five catches for 37 yards. He was replaced in the lineup by Fred Davis.

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