Falcons put OG Claridge on injured reserve

Updated: November 4, 2003, 8:23 PM ET

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Offensive guard Travis Claridge, who started the first six games for the Atlanta Falcons, will miss the rest of the season with a strained right knee.

Claridge wasn't in uniform the past two games, and the knee is too sore for him to play. He went on injured reserve Tuesday after a meeting with coach Dan Reeves.

The Falcons didn't have enough depth on the line to carry an ailing player. Already this week, starting left tackle Bob Whitfield went on injured reserve with a fractured right leg and ligament damage, which occurred during Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.

Claridge was replaced by guard Michael Moore, who went to training camp with the Falcons, but was waived before the season. He originally was a fourth-round pick by Washington in 2000.

Atlanta also re-signed linebacker James Cotton to the practice squad. A spot opened when tackle Dwayne Morgan was promoted to the 53-man roster to replace Whitfield.

The Falcons play at the Giants this weekend.

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