Vincent In, Rogers Has Surgery

Just as Shawn Springs is getting back to health, another corner suffers an injury. Even though Rogers might be able to play on Sunday, the Redskins signed Troy Vincent as insurance and to add experience to the defensive backfield.

Troy Vincent became available at the right time. With Carlos Rogers hurt, Shawn Springs still not ready for fulltime duty and safety depth that's lacking, Vincent could be an immediate help.

Rogers had three screws inserted in his right thumb today, but his status won't be determined until later this week. He would have to play with a protective device.

Vincent, released off Buffalo's injured reserve list last week, could fill a number of roles with Washington. He played safety the past two seasons for the Bills as well as nickel corner. He'd likely fill both spots with Washington.

Secondary coach Jerry Gray coached Vincent in Buffalo and called him a coach on the field and someone who should be able to provide leadership in the secondary, not to mention an example for the younger players.

Vincent also considered Arizona, Tampa Bay and San Francisco, but opted for Washington because he's having a house built in Purcellville -- his wife, Tommi, is best friend's with James Thrash's wife, Amber. And Vincent has traveled often to Washington in his role as the NFL Players' Association president.

Also on the injury front, defensive tackles Cornelius Griffin and Joe Salave'a are expected to practice Wednesday, though how much they'll be able to do remains uncertain. Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said the plan is for them to play Sunday.

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