Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parcells Blasts St. Louisan Vaughn

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parcells Blasts St. Louisan Vaughn

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New England Patriots' coach Bill Parcells has never been shy about chewing out a player he thinks isn't living up to his potential. This year his target is third-year running back Jon Vaughn.

"Sometimes he looks like an outstanding running back," Parcells said Tuesday. "And sometimes, he looks like a guy who doesn't belong in the league."

Parcells said he gave the former Michigan runner a substantial tongue-lashing at Tuesday's practice. Vaughn, from McCluer North High in St. Louis County, says he expects and appreciates the attention.

"I would think that if he didn't care, and if he didn't think you had some problems, he wouldn't say anything," Vaughn said. "So, hey, he can yell at me all he wants."

Vaughn was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 1991 draft, even though he had two years of college eligibility remaining. In two National Football League seasons, he has gained 597 yards in 144 carries and scored three touchdowns.

He hasn't endeared himself to Parcells with some of his bad habits, particularly his penchant for not running the plays as Parcells has scripted them.

"There's no doubt that he can run, but he doesn't trust the play long enough," Parcells said. "When he trusts it, he runs it perfectly. But when he makes up his mind beforehand, he's just a very average runner out there."

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Dolphins: Miami lost at least one running back and perhaps another for the season when Aaron Craver suffered a knee injury and unsigned Bobby Humphrey balked at an ultimatum from management.

Craver suffered a torn ligament in his right knee during practice. He'll require surgery and probably is out for the season.

Dolphins general manager Eddie Jones said the injury won't affect his tough stance with Humphrey, who was the team's top receiver and second-leading rusher last season.

If he fails to appear, Jones said the Dolphins' offer of $650,000 for a one-year contract will be substantially reduced.

Center Kevin Brothen also suffered a torn ligament in his left knee. He was waived and the Dolphins signed center Chris Conlin to take his spot.

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Eagles: Philadelphia coach Rich Kotite criticized reports that the team has been disappointed with free safety Erik McMillan, signed as a free agent in April. …

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