© St. Petersburg Times, published September 6, 2002
EAGLES: Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent could miss Sunday's opener after injuring his left knee in practice Thursday. Vincent was injured on a noncontact play and left the field on his own. He had an MRI, and was diagnosed with a bone bruise. His status is day to day.
49ERS: Frankie Albert, a quarterback for San Francisco who went on to coach the team during the 1950s, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 82. Albert died Wednesday in Palo Alto, Calif. He was a T-formation quarterback for the 49ers for seven seasons, beginning in 1946. Albert coached the 49ers from 1956-58 and had a 19-16-1 record. His best year was 1957, when the 49ers went 8-4 to tie Detroit for first place in the Western Conference. San Francisco lost to Detroit 31-27 in a conference playoff.
PANTHERS: Carolina cornerback signed Terry Fair, who had been released by Detroit on Sunday after four seasons with the team. Fair, the Lions' first-round draft pick in 1998, had 225 tackles, seven interceptions and one sack in 52 career games. "He is someone who has performed at a high level as a starter in this league," Panthers coach John Fox said. "We feel very fortunate to get him."
RAMS: St. Louis doesn't know yet whether it will have defensive end Leonard Little, the team's top pass rusher, for the season opener at Denver. Little, who was second in the NFL with 141/2 sacks last season, has been sidelined with a deep thigh bruise that was drained of blood last week. He is listed as questionable. Little did individual work on Wednesday and some team work on Thursday, and he was hoping to be a full participant in today's practice.