Noble to IR Dampens Celebration

Redskins Park, Ashburn, VA 09.22.05--While a picture of Joe Gibbs celebrating the win over Dallas appeared on the locker room door, there was a bit of a downer announced at Redskins Park. Brandon Noble, the defensive tackle who has fought his way back from a serious knee injury, was placed on injured reserve.

. . . Defensive tackle Brandon Noble worked incredibly hard to return from three torn ligaments in his left knee. And he worked hard to overcome a staph infection this past offseason.

But his knees might have gone through too much. Now, a week after more surgery, he's been placed on injured reserve.

And it makes you wonder: is his career over? Noble doesn't know at this point, but certainly it doesn't look good when both sides talk about making a decision after the season.

Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said Noble will help defensive line coach Greg Blache the rest of the season.

''He's very important to us,'' Gibbs said. ''He'll add a lot.''

. . .A picture of Joe Gibbs jumping into a staffer's arms after the Dallas win was posted on the locker room door. Though 14 straight games is grueling, the bye might have come at the perfect time. The Redskins had the rare opportunity to celebrate an exciting win for an entire week. They can have fun, come back and focus on Seattle. But this makes the Seattle game huge: if they can start 3-0, they're not guaranteed of any playoff spot, but it certainly puts them closer to one. With consecutive games at Denver and at Kansas City following the Seattle game, a win might be necessary.

...Tackle Robert Royal, safety Sean Taylor, offensive lineman Jon Jansen and safety Pierson Prioleau did not practice today.

. . .The Redskins are intrigued by practice squad defensive back Dmitri Patterson. They like his athleticism and burst. Stay tuned.

. . . The Redskins promoted defensive lineman Aki Jones to the active roster. They signed linebacker Nick McNeil to the practice squad.

. . . Kicker John Hall said he'll work out next week and hopes to kick against Seattle. He said he's feeling better, but until he tries to kick, no one can be sure he'll be ready.

. . . LaVar Arrington on his lack of playing time: ‘'I thought the plan was to ease me back in, but that hasn't turned out to be what it is. I don't know what the situation is. As long as we're winning, I guess I can't complain that much or even if we were losing. I want to be out there trying to make a difference. If they don't want to use me what can I do? Complain and moan to them?''

A couple weeks ago Dale Lindsey said Arrington was becoming a better student of the game. But apparently it's not enough of one. Or, as Lindsey said, there's still concern about his knees.

‘'He needs more work out here,'' Lindsey said. ‘'He has to feel confident that his knee is OK and he understands the system and we have to feel the same way about him, that his knee is OK and he understands what the system asks him to do. Then he can go do that to the best of his ability.''

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