The Young Guy (HB Blades) makes some plays

HB Blades was forced into his first significant action on Sunday against the Giants when starting weakside linebacker Rocky McIntosh left the game with a shoulder injury. The game was tied in teh 4th quarter when HB was called upon.

It seems from the initial reactions that HB played well in his short time in the game, although Washington did give up the winning touchdown while he was in the game.

The Washington Post has some quotes from teammates and some reaction to Blades’ debut in such a crucial part of the game Sunday:

McIntosh went to the sideline late in the game after experiencing pain in both shoulders. Rookie linebacker H.B. Blades replaced him in crucial situations, which wasn’t good news for Washington.

A hard-working rookie, Blades is supposed to be relegated to special teams. The fact that Blades was in the game with the outcome undecided — well, that’s not what the Redskins expected.

“You could say that, but I saw the young guy come in there and make plays,” starting strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington said. “The young guy didn’t expect to be in that position, and it’s tough when you don’t know if you’re going to play and you get in there. But you can’t stop when guys go down. You just have to keep going on, and that’s what we had to do.”

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