Friday, October 10, 2003
Vincent puts injury, distractions behind him
PHILADELPHIA -- Dallas' top-rated offense boasts a
quarterback who likes to throw downfield and a trio of speedy
receivers that cause trouble for even the healthiest of defenses.
Philadelphia cornerback Troy Vincent is ready, three weeks after
suffering a hamstring strain that knocked him out of one game and
most of another.
"I want to put myself in this situation," Vincent said Friday.
"I wouldn't go back out there if I wasn't prepared to play."
With the suddenly respectable Quincy Carter throwing to a
receiving corps that boasts Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn and Antonio
Bryant, Vincent said he expected to be tested by the Cowboys.
Vincent left the Eagles' 23-13 victory over Buffalo on Sept. 28
after the team's first defensive series and didn't return, then sat
out the next week against Washington. Vincent said he's recovered
from the injury and had great practices on Wednesday and Friday.
"I wouldn't go out there and pridefully think I could do
something, especially against that kind of caliber of talent," he
said. "There's too much to lose."
Vincent, however, was off on Thursday, attending the funeral of
James Bodley, Vincent's legal guardian and agent, who died last
Saturday. Vincent had been part of the Bodley family since he was a
child and was still suffering from the loss.
"To lose a loved one is always a blow. It's devastating," he
said. "I will move on. The family will move on. James would want
us to focus and take care of the job in hand."
Vincent, a spiritually-sound player who's involved with a
Christian Athletes group, wondered if there was a reason for the
timing of his injury.
"God prepares us in mysterious ways," he said. "Maybe the
injury was just enough to allow me to sit back because he knew what
was going to take place Saturday morning."
The Eagles are happy to have Vincent back.
"You're talking about one of the top corners in the National
Football League," coach Andy Reid said. "Having him back in your
scheme is a plus."
Injuries continue to plague the Eagles, as safety Brian Dawkins,
defensive end Jerome McDougle and cornerback Bobby Taylor will miss
Pro Bowl guard Jermane Mayberry has a good chance of playing
against the Cowboys after missing most of the last two games with
an elbow strain, Reid said.
Free safety Clinton Hart and cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and
Sheldon Brown have filled the voids in the secondary, and Reid said
they all have made significant improvements in the last three
Vincent's injury also forced rookie free agent Roderick Hood
into extended action at nickel back. Hood's only previous
experience was in the preseason. He had an interception against the
"They're doing enough to win the football game," Vincent said.
"If we win the football game, everybody contributed. It's just
another test this week in Dallas."