Dungy says Reagor good for Birds

Shocked by his player's 2006 crash, he hopes "to see something special" from the new Eagle.

Posted: March 28, 2007

PHOENIX - Tony Dungy was at the RCA Dome on Oct. 22 hours before the Indianapolis Colts' game against Washington. The head coach looked around and thought it was odd that Montae Reagor was not already in the building.

Then Dungy heard. En route to the game, Reagor had been in a horrible accident when a car sideswiped his sport-utility vehicle, causing it to roll three times.

"We had had so many things that had happened" last season, Dungy said yesterday. "It was just kind of, 'Ah, here is another kind of unbelievable thing.' I knew right where he was getting on the highway to come down, and I just couldn't believe how it could happen."

The starting defensive tackle for the Colts suffered fractures to his nose and the orbital bone near his left eye. His season was over, but Reagor was lucky to be alive.

Last week, the Eagles signed the 29-year-old to a three-year contract worth nearly $6.5 million. Dungy said that Reagor likely needed to get his weight down, but that the Eagles had gotten a good player.

"He's got the drive to come back, and the doctors have cleared him to go ahead and go to work," Dungy said. "I'm hoping we'll see something special, because he's a unique guy.

"We were all so sad at how that all turned out, but he hung with us down the stretch and really helped us. You just don't know. I don't know . . . what kind of history we have with people coming back from something like that."

In 2004 and '05, Reagor had 101/2 sacks and pressured the quarterback 51 times. At a news conference last week, he said he had full vision in his left eye even though it was swollen because of cosmetic surgery.

New rules. Yesterday at the NFL meetings, owners voted, 30-2, to make instant replay a permanent part of the game. As a result, teams must spend as much as $300,000 upgrading to high-definition replay equipment.

The owners unanimously passed a rule granting a second interview window for assistant coaches vying for head-coaching jobs during the playoffs. The new window is during the off week before the Super Bowl.

Surprisingly, the owners shot down a rule that would have allowed one defensive player on each team to wear a device in his helmet during games to communicate with coaches on the sideline. Ten teams voted against the change.

Player conduct. Although first-year commissioner Roger Goodell has not completed his new policy on player conduct, he will meet with Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones on April 3 to discuss Jones' legal troubles, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

Since the Titans selected Jones with the sixth pick in the 2005 draft, he has been interviewed by police in 10 incidents and has been arrested five times. On Monday, Las Vegas police recommended that prosecutors charge Jones with a felony in connection with a Feb. 19 shooting at a strip club.

On Monday, Goodell said he would not hesitate to suspend problem players for as long as a year for legal imbroglios. He also said he would likely decide certain players' fates before the draft, which will begin April 28, so that teams can select players accordingly.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said he welcomed Goodell's involvement in disciplining Jones. Fisher said that the Titans had a plan if Goodell suspended Jones for a year, but that the team had not decided whether to release Jones.

"I don't like what's happened," Fisher said. ". . . It is just a difficult situation that he has put the organization in."

Eagles update. Newly acquired linebacker Takeo Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb are expected to be in Philadelphia today for physicals. On Monday, the Eagles sent defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a conditional draft pick to Buffalo for Spikes and Holcomb.

The Eagles are not likely to acquire another player before the NFL draft.

Contact staff writer Ashley Fox

at 215-854-5064 or afox@phillynews.com.

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