Seymour `frustrated' by injury timing

Patriots defensive end practices, but remains a game-time decision


Super Bowl

February 02, 2005|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Richard Seymour said yesterday he will be a game-time decision for Sunday's Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots' All-Pro defensive end has not played in a game since Dec. 26, when he injured his left knee. He did light work on the side in Monday's workout and should participate again when the Patriots resume practicing today.

Asked how much he will play Sunday, Seymour said, "I'm not sure at this point. We have to make a smart decision. Since the injury, this has been the best week. I haven't had much soreness. But I definitely won't be 100 percent."

The only Pro Bowl player selected from New England's defense, Seymour was sixth on the team in tackles (67) and third in sacks (five).

Before this injury - which has sidelined him for three games - he had played in 46 of his previous 47 games. Jarvis Green has filled in for Seymour, coming up with seven tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the playoffs.

"I'm not disappointed or down but I am frustrated," Seymour said. "Injuries are part of the game. But this is bad timing."

New England inside linebacker Ted Johnson sat out Monday's practice with a leg injury. The first official Super Bowl injury report will be issued today.

Nothing new for Miller

Josh Miller will play in his first Super Bowl but the Patriots punter is not new to title games. In 1995, he was a member of the Baltimore Stallions, who won the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup that season.

"To us that day, that was our Super Bowl," Miller said. "Granted, my ring melted in the sun, but it was still a great, great moment."

Routine getting old

Some of the Philadelphia Eagles are getting tired of the underdog role.

Defensive tackle Corey Simon said he can't turn on the TV without hearing "how great the dynasty of the New England Patriots is."

"We're not getting any respect by being out here," Simon said. "It's kind of like the David and Goliath thing. The only thing is, David won that battle. We come out here with that same mentality."

Dillon sure of himself

This is Corey Dillon's first Super Bowl, but the New England running back doesn't suffer from self-esteem problems.

Asked whether he thought the negative perception of him in Cincinnati had been unfair, he said, "No, because people are going to view me how they want to. The way I look at it, people didn't think Jesus was Jesus. So who am I? That's the kind of approach I take, and people are going to think what they want to think."

Comment no big deal

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current Fox-TV analyst Troy Aikman was surprised how strongly the Patriots reacted to Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell not knowing the names of the Patriots' secondary and saying that he "has something" for safety Rodney Harrison.

"To me I don't know why Rodney made such a big deal out of it," Aikman said. "Come on, no one is disrespecting anybody."

Crennel a Patriot for now

Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel addressed talk that he will be the Cleveland Browns' next head coach.

"I don't have the job; I am employed with the New England Patriots," he said. "The rules in the NFL say that is tampering; no one can talk to me as long as I work for the Patriots. And I work for the Patriots.

"After this game, if Cleveland decides to offer me a job, then I'll talk about that job."

Owens rubs off

Terrell Owens' personality seems to be rubbing off on Philadelphia's training staff.

In talking about the quicker-than-projected recovery of the Pro Bowl receiver, Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said, "I'm not going to deny I have an ego. If he plays Sunday night, we'll have raised the bar."

End zone

Since 2001, the Patriots and Eagles have the best two records in the NFL (including postseason). New England is 56-16 while Philadelphia is 54-19. The Ravens are eighth on that list with a 37-30 record. ... For one of the few times at the Super Bowl's media day, which annually takes place at the stadium, coaches and players had to wear jackets because of the chilly weather. The high temperature was 60 degrees. ... Former Ravens reserve quarterback Ray Lucas was interviewing players as a correspondent for ESPN2's Cold Pizza.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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