TAMPA, Fla. — As if things couldn’t get any worse for Washington Redskins safety Adam Archuleta, he had to experience this indignity in yesterday’s 20-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The coaches chose to play journeyman Vernon Fox instead of him after Troy Vincent was lost with a hamstring injury.
Getting benched in favor of Vincent last month was bad enough for Archuleta, the $30 million free agent acquisition. But this was undoubtedly a low point.
Fox was signed late in training camp to provide help on special teams. He entered the Bucs game when Sean Taylor was shaken up.
“The next thing I know, Troy went down as well, so I ended up staying on the field,” Fox said.
Fox had four tackles for the Redskins; he had only nine tackles entering the game.
“There’s obviously things I can find that I need to do better, especially in a loss,” he said. “I have to do my part by going in, watching the film and seeing what I need to improve on.”
The severity of Vincent’s injury was unavailable.
Fox said he had been in a couple of defensive packages with the first team recently but had seen little action during the season’s first nine games.
“I had practice time, but game time is a different ballgame,” he said. “I hope I can provide a spark when I’m called upon and be able to fill in enough that we don’t lose a beat.”
Archuleta, who didn’t play a defensive snap at Philadelphia last week, was on the field for a handful of plays yesterday but did not make a tackle.
“[Fox] came in late to training camp, and at this point of the year, we have to see what all of our guys can do,” assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said.
Almost a big start
On Saturday night, Redskins associate head coach-offense Al Saunders told quarterback Jason Campbell that if the situation permitted, he would call a deep ball to Brandon Lloyd on the first snap.
“I was ready for it [yesterday], and I was pumped up about it,” Campbell said. “I was able to visualize it like a dream.”
And the conditions were perfect — first-and-10 from the Redskins 26 — but the result wasn’t. Campbell threw the pass 60 yards in the air, but Lloyd was unable to haul it in for the long gain.