Scouting the Opponent: Redskins Add Vincent

Last weekend the Redskins pass defense gave up four completions of 20 yards or more to rookie Vince Young. Making matters worse, their No. 2 cornerback broke his right thumb and they have to face Peyton Manning this week...

It could be Troy Vincent in, Carlos Rogers out for the Redskins' struggling pass defense just in time for a stern test against unbeaten Indianapolis and its loaded passing attack on the fast track of the RCA Dome.

After giving up their usual quota of four completions of at least 20 yards to rookie quarterback Vince Young and his virtually unknown (beyond Drew Bennett) group of receivers in a 25-22 upset loss to visiting Tennessee on Sunday, the Redskins received more bad news when they learned that Rogers, their top pick in the 2005 draft and No. 2 corner, broke his right thumb.

Rogers had three screws placed in the thumb on Monday and if he faces the Colts, he'll have to wear a cast as offensive tackle Jon Jansen did last season. Receiver James Thrash was unable to play in the playoff loss at Seattle with a similar injury, but he needed to be able to catch the football.

Vincent, a 15-year veteran, can catch the ball. His 47 interceptions are second among active players.

"I'm not the answer, but I do believe I can bring some value," said the 35-year-old Vincent, who signed with Washington on Monday. "I'll play wherever I'm needed. I played free safety and nickel corner all during training camp. Right now I'm going to concentrate on safety."

However, starting safeties Sean Taylor and Adam Archuleta are healthy. If Rogers can't play and Springs can't start against the Colts, Vincent could be a better option opposite Kenny Wright than Mike Rumph -- a healthy scratch on Sunday -- and Ade Jimoh, who was beaten for a touchdown by Tennessee's Brandon Jones in a rare defensive appearance.

"Troy did a great job for us in Buffalo," said cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray, Vincent's defensive coordinator the past two seasons with the Bills. "He can play free safety. He can play nickel corner. He can play corner. We've got go figure out where he fits for our defense."

Vincent, a Pro Bowl cornerback for Philadelphia from 1999-2002, went back to Hawaii in 2003 as a free safety for Buffalo. Vincent made a career-high 102 tackles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. However, the Bills' defense sank from second to 29th and the staff was fired. Buffalo took safeties in the first and fourth rounds in April's draft. Vincent missed time with a hamstring injury this summer and when he re-aggravated the injury in the opener, new coach Dick Jauron put him on injured reserve. He was cut last Thursday.

The Redskins cut safety Curry Burns to make room for Vincent. Burns, who had been re-signed on Sept. 13 after Prioleau suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Minnesota, had played briefly in two games.


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