- The Washington Times - Friday, September 23, 2005

Defensive tackle Brandon Noble’s season ended yesterday when the Washington Redskins placed him on injured reserve.

Noble last practiced Sept. 8 when his left knee pain become unbearable, and he had arthroscopic surgery six days later. In addition to repairing cartilage damage, a bone bruise was discovered.

Noble, who will remain with the team to assist defensive coordinator/line coach Greg Blache, was not at Redskin Park yesterday.

“We had to make a decision that was good for him and good for the team,” Blache said. “It’s hard to explain because the guys become part of your family and you have an emotional attachment.

“In my heart, I wanted to wait, but my brain told me that wasn’t the best decision, so we talked and decided it was best for him.”

Noble, 31, has been plagued by injuries since signing with the Redskins as a free agent in 2003. In four seasons with Dallas (1999-2002), Noble started 32 consecutive games and missed just one. But in his first season with the Redskins, he tore ligaments in his left knee during a preseason game.

Noble recovered to play in 16 games last season, starting seven and making 38 tackles. But he missed most of the offseason and the first two weeks of training camp after a staph infection developed following right knee surgery.

“It’s sad to see because he has battled through his injuries and did some good things in the preseason,” defensive end Phillip Daniels said.

To replace Noble on the roster, the Redskins promoted defensive lineman Aki Jones from the practice squad. Linebacker Nick McNeil was signed to the practice squad.

Portis optimistic

Clinton Portis, who was limited to 52 yards on 17 carries against the Cowboys, is still averaging a solid 4.6 yards a carry through two games and said the rushing touchdowns will come.

“Right now, we’re still establishing an identity on offense,” he said. “We just found out we have an incredible deep ball game, and in the first game, you saw we could run over people. Now we have to combine that.

“We’ve only scored [23] points in two games, and only Santana [Moss] has gotten into the end zone. We have 14 straight games coming up, and I know I’ll find my groove and get in the end zone.”

Extra points

While the players’ weekend vacation started yesterday afternoon, the Redskins’ coaching staff will spend the next couple days reviewing the Dallas victory and formulizing a game plan for Seattle.

“I’ll stay locked up,” coach Joe Gibbs said. “We have quite a bit to get done, and when we do, we’ll take the rest of the weekend off.”

Gibbs said he would not be attending the NASCAR race Sunday in Dover, Del. …

Kicker John Hall (right quadriceps) will stay in town this weekend to rehab and hopes to play Oct. 2 against Seattle.

“I’m lifting weights again and will try to kick next week,” he said. “That’s when we’ll know.”

Hall, Sean Taylor, Jon Jansen, Pierson Prioleau and Robert Royal were held out of practice yesterday.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide