April 29, 2009

Quan Cosby responds to 'failed physical' claim

Quan Cosby, who ran a 4.48 40 at the NFL Combine, told Orangebloods.com Wednesday he disputes a report quoting a Dallas Cowboys source who claims Cosby failed a physical leading up to the NFL Draft.

Randy Galloway, of 103.3 ESPN Radio in Dallas and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reported a Cowboys source told him Cosby failed a physical. But Galloway said the source didn't tell him the cause of the failed physical.

"I find that very interesting because I didn't take a specific physical for them (the Cowboys)," Cosby told OB. "I took the one at the combine. I pretty much took the same physical everyone else took.

"They didn't call me back in or ask for MRIs or anything like that. Maybe it was a situation where maybe they are realizing that in this state, they passed up on a lot of Texas boys for whatever reason, and maybe they are trying cover for that a little bit."

Cosby said he called an NFL source of his to ask if he had shown any red flags on his physical at the combine, and Cosby said the source told him his physical was fine.

"I think their (the Cowboys') definition of a medical red flag could mean anything from my height (5-9) or my age (26)," Cosby said. "As far as physically, it's pretty hard to fail a physical and run 4.4. This is the first I've heard of it. I have no idea what they're talking about."

Cosby has agreed to a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. He'll report to mini-camp next month.

"You all have heard my story and you haven't heard the whole story," Cosby said. "But my back has been up against the wall for most of it. So I'm just going to make the best of my situation. That's how I'm looking at it. It's not a matter of how you get there, it's what you do once you get there."

Cosby had other teams call him to sign a free-agent contract but felt like Cincinnati was the best fit.

"They (the Bengals) don't necessarily have a slot guy," Cosby said. "They have a couple guys who are capable of playing it. But I think they want maybe a little bit shorter guy, which is ironic.

"I don't use that as a crutch, but they want a little bit smaller guy in the slot because there's a guy in the league who has caught about 115 balls a year named Wes Welker who plays for one of the most successful organizations in football.

"They also don't have a set kick returner. So that was one of the factors. I looked at it. I researched it like I normally do, and I felt like they were the best fit for me."

On a lighter side, Cosby was able to laugh Wednesday when asked about his interview on ESPN with Erin Andrews and Bill Cosby that looked like it took place on a garage-sale love seat. Cosby "adopted" Quan in this year's draft and the two spent Sunday together waiting for some good news from NFL teams.

"The second Bill and I both went in there, it was like, 'This is what we're going to sit on?'" Quan said. "Then, Erin Andrews - we sat there for about 15 minutes trying to figure out the best setup. Ultimately, we figured the easiest way for her to ask both of us questions was to just cram onto that couch like sardines."

Just to be clear, we followed up with Quan about the report from Galloway about the Cowboys.

"I have no clue what they meant by that," Quan said. "And I don't know if they do, either."

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