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American Football: Bills CB vincent out wiht knee injury

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posted on Oct, 5 2004 @ 03:52 PM
Cornerback Troy Vincent will miss at least two weeks with a right knee injury, further depleting the Buffalo Bills' secondary.

Coach Mike Mularkey on Monday said Vincent had arthroscopic surgery earlier in the day, but did not reveal the extent of the player's injury.

Vincent was hurt during the opening drive in Buffalo's 31-17 loss to New England on Sunday. While pushing Bethel Johnson out of bounds following a 17-yard reception, Vincent's right leg got twisted under him as the two players tumbled at the sideline.

Mularkey said he did not yet know the results of tests center Trey Teague had on his injured left knee. Teague did not return after he was hurt early in the second quarter.

Left tackle Jonas Jennings was given a day off Monday to rest after sustaining a concussion in the third quarter. Jennings did not return after he was knocked out cold, blindsided by a helmet-to-helmet collision with New England linebacker Vince Wilfork behind the play.

Vincent's injury is considered the most serious, and comes while the Bills are already without veteran safety Lawyer Milloy, who missed the first three games of this season after breaking his right forearm during a preseason game in August.

Milloy has yet to practice and the team has provided no update about when he is expected to return.

Vincent is a 12-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowl selection who was signed last spring to replace Antoine Winfield, now with Minnesota.

Terrance McGee will take over for Vincent as the Bills (0-3) play at the New York Jets on Sunday. McGee, a second-year player, has been used mostly as a third cornerback in passing situations and had a so-so outing in Vincent's place against the Patriots.

McGee was credited with six tackles and two passes defended, and he also ran back a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

On the downside, McGee was caught in traffic, allowing David Patten to get wide open in the middle of the field on a 30-yard touchdown reception that tied the game at 17 late in the second quarter.

Despite McGee's role on the touchdown, Mularkey was encouraged by how the player responded.

"Hopefully, the experience and the more he plays, the better he's going to get," Mularkey said. "He definitely has the athletic ability to be an effective corner right now. It's the little things of alignments, reads, trusting the scheme, and he'll be a very good player when he does all those things."

From a team standpoint, Mularkey was still frustrated by the mistakes the Bills continue to make in the clutch that have had a significant impact in all three losses.

"We recognize the enemy, and we've got to do something about it," Mularkey said. "We're our own worst opponent right now."

Despite New England's 14-point margin of victory, the Bills were in the game until the final three minutes before Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour ran back quarterback Drew Bledsoe's fumble 68 yards to seal the victory.

posted on Oct, 6 2004 @ 09:02 AM
o man this is going to hurt the bills defense, something that this team does not neeed, they need their defense to hold strong so their offense can get into gear.

posted on Oct, 6 2004 @ 05:21 PM
...and the Eagles don't miss him much...


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