Bear minimum pass rush?
• Redskins can't wait: Time was the reason the Redskins didn't wait around for defensive tackle Brandon Noble to recover from nagging knee problems. The thought was by the time Noble felt good enough to play on his bad knee, practice-squad player Aki Jones would be developed enough to be a comparable player. Noble was a good run-stopper. Because of his bad knees, Noble had the team thinking this year could be his last season. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs went through LaVar Arrington's knee problems last year and waited 12 weeks for it to heal. Gibbs didn't want to wait so he put Noble on the injured reserve list and signed Jones off the practice squad.
• Brown to Pats' secondary? The thought of returning Troy Brown to defense are starting to surface because of injuries, but the Patriots are in a little more of a bind than a year ago. Brown emerged as the team's third receiver last week and played well against the Panthers. Injuries to Bethel Johnson have hurt his chances and there doesn't seem to be comfort levels yet with new acquisitions Andre Davis and Tim Dwight. Cornerbacks Randall Gay (ankle), Tyrone Poole (ankle) and Duane Starks (thigh) are questionable with injuries and missed time in practice this week. "We're back at where we were last year unfortunately," Bill Belichick said about the cornerback position. Belichick considers Brown an option at cornerback.