Healed from concussion, Rocky McIntosh back on the practice field

Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh returned to the practice field after sitting out the last week with a concussion.

Briefly speaking to reporters in the locker room before today's practice, McIntosh -- who suffered the concussion against Green Bay and was inactive against the Colts -- was asked how he was feeling.

"Good," he said. "And Coach Shanahan will handle all you guys' questions."

McIntosh, who normally declines all interview requests and had to be coaxed by the team's media relations staff to speak today, refused to give his take on the extra measures that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is taking to help prevent concussions.

"I have nothing to do with that," McIntosh said.

When asked if he would have to start tackling differently to avoid suspension caused by head-to-head contact or "devastating hits," McIntosh simply replied, "I have nothing to do with that."

McIntosh did, however, say that it wasn't easy watching the Redskins play the Colts.

"It's just hard, you want to be out there with your teammates, give them the best chance to win," he said. With McIntosh sidelined, the Redskins started H.B. Blades at the inside linebacker spot next to London Fletcher. Rookie Perry Riley also saw time at that spot.

McIntosh is quietly having his best season despite having moved from outside linebacker to inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. He has 46 tackles in a sack through five games.

When asked about the key to his success this season, McIntosh said, "I'm just playing, doing my thing. Each and every year, I try to get better."

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