Rocky McIntosh anticipated re-signing with Detroit

ALLEN PARK -- Veteran linebacker Rocky McIntosh has seen it all before. 

One day after surviving final cuts to make the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster, McIntosh was released when the team claimed safety DeJon Gomes off waivers. 

McIntosh didn't panic, implying the team let him know they'd bring him back once running back Montell Owens could officially be place on injured reserve. 
"They had to move some guys around, but pretty much I knew I was going to be here," McIntosh said. 

Week 1 is a critical date for vested veterans near the bottom of the roster. If players with four or more years of accrued service time are on the roster for the first game of the season, their salary become fully guaranteed. 

With seven years of experience, the veteran's minimum is $840,000 for McIntosh.

In Detroit, McIntosh figures to have a prominent role on special teams. He played 24 snaps with those units in the preseason finale against the Buffalo Bills. 

"They definitely wanted to see what I can do," he said. "I was only here a couple weeks and still had the system down, but nothing beats hard work and going out there and showing what you can do."

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