- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is a healthy inactive for a third straight game, but that's not a surprise considering he's still the No. 3 tight end and he still doesn't play special teams. The Redskins still need help on special teams and that's why the fourth tight end Niles Paul remains active. The Redskins made it clear to Davis this week, and in previous weeks, that they want Davis' approach to change, though the veteran said he's doing nothing different from the past. The difference now? The Redskins have an alternative in rookie Jordan Reed.
Having said that, it's still surprising that the Redskins haven't figured out a way to incorporate both Davis and Reed in the pass game, especially with receivers who consistently fail to make plays.
Other Redskins inactives Sunday: quarterback Rex Grossman, linebacker Darryl Tapp, safety Jose Gumbs, guard Josh LeRibeus, running back Chris Thompson and nose tackle Chris Neild. Gumbs is still battling a sprained ankle, though with Brandon Meriweather back, Reed Doughty healthy and Bacarri Rambo coming off his best game the Redskins are fine at safety.
Former Redskins guard Chad Rinehart is inactive for San Diego and will be replaced in the starting lineup at left guard by Johnnie Troutman. Andrew Gachkar is expected to start for Donald Butler at inside linebacker. Butler missed practice all week with a groin injury.