Armstrong out for third straight season

Updated: November 19, 2003, 7:09 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders placed three more players on injured reserve Wednesday, including veteran defensive end Trace Armstrong.

Starting linebacker Travian Smith and backup running back Justin Fargas also were placed on IR by the Raiders, who have lost eight players to season-ending injuries since the regular season began.

Quarterbacks Rich Gannon and Marques Tuiasosopo, offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb and defensive end Sam Williams all were placed on IR by the Raiders earlier this month. Linebacker Bill Romanowski landed on injured reserve Oct. 23.

Armstrong was placed on injured reserve for the third straight season. He tore an Achilles' tendon early in 2001 and returned the following year, only to go on IR with a groin tear last January.

The 38-year-old defensive end is 15th on the NFL's career list with 106 sacks. He partially dislocated his left shoulder during Oakland's 28-18 victory over Minnesota last Sunday.

Smith, a six-year NFL veteran who started the last seven games in place of Romanowski, tore a ligament in his left knee in the win over Minnesota. Fargas, the team's backup to Tyrone Wheatley while Charlie Garner recovers from a back injury, also tore a knee ligament.

Oakland's four roster vacancies -- the Raiders still hadn't signed anyone to replace Williams, who was put on IR on Monday -- were filled by running back J.R. Redmond, defensive end Lorenzo Bromell, linebacker Larry Atkins and guard Corey Hulsey.

Redmond, once a third-round draft pick by New England, was the team's second-leading rusher in 2000. He was released by the Patriots at the end of training camp in August.

Oakland also signed running back J.R. Johnson and defensive back Carey Scott to its practice squad after releasing running back Santonio Beard and tackle Matt Knutson.


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