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Noble Focused On Getting Healthy

Sidelined all of last season due to a lingering knee injury, defensive tackle Brandon Noble remains focused on getting healthy and has not decided if or when he will play football again.

Noble had another health setback recently due to an infection in his surgically repaired knee. He was walking with crutches this week at Redskins Park.

"I've had a setback, but it's not like I'm moving forward fast," Noble said on Monday. "I'm just going to focus on getting healthy. That's as far as I'm taking it right now."

Asked about whether he will play football again or retire, Noble said: "Those decisions will come as my wife and I talk about it. But my main goal is to get off the crutches and get healthy."

Noble has had a series of surgeries on his knees. In 2003, he had reconstructive surgery on his left knee after suffering an injury during a preseason game. But he returned in 2004 to play in all 16 games, with seven starts.

Noble recorded 38 tackles (19 solo) and one sack and was named the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner.

Noble had tweaked his surgically repaired knee during a practice before the first game of the regular season. A few days later, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, forcing him to miss the Redskins' first two games. He was expected to miss another 4-5 weeks, but coaches decided to put him on injured reserve because there was a bone bruise on the knee.

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