Redskins Place Noble on Injured Reserve

The Associated Press
Thursday, September 22, 2005; 2:56 PM

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins placed defensive tackle Brandon Noble on injured reserve Thursday.

Noble, who missed the entire 2003 season after reconstructive surgery on his left knee, underwent arthroscopic surgery on the same knee last week.

The Redskins moved Aki Jones from the practice squad to take Noble's roster spot and signed linebacker Nick McNeil to the practice squad.

Noble returned from the 2003 injury and saw action in all 16 games last season. He made seven starts and registered 38 tackles, including one sack.

The tough-luck sixth-year player had minor surgery on his right knee in April, only to develop a nightmarish infection that required six weeks of energy-sapping antibiotics. He tweaked his left knee leading up to the first game of the season.

"He has a bone bruise, plus he has a chip, which we cleaned out. We sat and talked to Brandon a long time. He is super important to us," said Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. "We decided it was probably best for the team and for him, rather than to try and rush him back, to put him in IR."

Noble started his career with four seasons in Dallas. He helped the Cowboys' turnaround on defense in 2001 and started 32 consecutive games over the next two seasons. He signed with the Redskins as a free agent before the 2003 season.

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