Rocky McIntosh will require surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his knee. It's expected that he second-year linebacker will be placed on injured reserve this week, ending his season.
"That's a real negative for us," Joe Gibbs said during his Monday press conference. "Rocky had been playing great. We've had quite a few guys injured from time to time this season, and this one adds to it."
McIntosh, in his first season as a full-time starter at weak-side linebacker, suffered his knee ligament injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 22-10 win over the New York Giants.
McIntosh was replaced by H.B. Blades on running downs and Khary Campbell on passing downs. Campbell finished with seven tackles, third most on the team, while Blades had two tackles.
In the final two games, the Redskins could use 13-year veteran Randall Godfrey at weak-side.
Godfrey, who was deactivated for the Giants game, played strong-side earlier this season when Marcus Washington was sidelined with a knee injury.
"That's huge for us, having guys who we feel like are real quality guys and can get the job done," Gibbs said. "That's why we went and signed Randall. He is a veteran guy who has been around. He's an extremely physical guy."
McIntosh joins Carlos Rogers in rehabbing from knee ligament injuries. Rogers suffered his injury in Week 8 at New England.
Both players, expected to be cornerstones for years on defense, will have to be monitored closely heading into training camp in 2008.
-- SAUNDERS ON THE DRAW
The Redskins frequently used the draw play in Sunday's game and appeared to catch the Giants off guard.
On the Redskins' first touchdown, Collins faked a pass and then handed off to Ladell Betts, who burst up the middle for a 14-yard score.
Associate head coach-offense Al Saunders said he turned to the draw play to offset the aggressive pass rush of the Giants' front four.
"Their rush was giving us some problems," he said. "We had five different protections on five different third-down situations, and we still had some issues with them. So we thought the best way to deal with them was to run draws and screens to slow them down."
Portis finished with a team-high 126 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, while Betts had eight carries for 29 yards and a touchdown.
"We felt like we could get past their up-field rushers with the draw and slow down their rush a little bit," Saunders said. "If something works, you stay with it a little bit until they shut it down."
-- YODER'S STATUS
Backup tight end Todd Yoder left Sunday's game with a knee injury, but Joe Gibbs said it was not as serious as Rocky McIntosh's ligament tears.
"[Team doctors] think it is a pinch or something in the cartilage in his knee," Gibbs said. "They are hoping he will bounce back from that."