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NFL: Chargers add receiver

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers acquired Chris Chambers from the Miami Dolphins just before Tuesday's trade deadline, giving quarterback Philip Rivers a veteran wide receiver to work with.

In return, the winless Dolphins will receive a 2008 second-round draft pick.

The trade came as the Chargers put their No. 1 wide receiver, Eric Parker, on the injured reserved list with a broken right big toe. Parker has been out since June, and will miss the rest of the season.

Chambers has 31 receptions for 415 yards and no touchdowns this season. He was a second-round choice by Miami in 2001 and enjoyed his best season in 2005, when he made 82 catches for 1,118 yards and 11 scores, and was voted to the Pro Bowl. The durable Chambers, who has missed only two games in his career, is signed through 2009.

EX-COWBOY IN COMA -- Former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs has been hospitalized in a coma, more than seven months after receiving a kidney donated by ex-teammate Everson Walls.

The Washington Redskins said Tuesday cornerback Shawn Springs, son of the 50-year-old Springs, has left the team to be with his father in Dallas. It wasn't immediately clear what caused Ron Springs, who has diabetes, to lapse into a coma or when he was hospitalized.

Springs played eight seasons in the NFL -- six with Dallas and two in Tampa Bay -- before retiring after the 1986 season.

VICK'S PITS HAVE GUARDIAN -- A federal judge Tuesday approved the neutering of dozens of fighting dogs seized from Michael Vick's rural home and the appointment of an expert to decide the animals' future.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson acted on a government motion requesting that animal law expert Rebecca J. Huss serve as the guardian-special master to oversee the possible placement of the 48 dogs, or their euthanasia. Hudson also granted a request by the U.S. attorney's office in Richmond, Va., that each of the pit bulls be spayed, neutered and have microchips implanted.

Also concerning the Falcons quarterback, Wachovia Bank is seeking about $940,000 from Vick and a business partner. The bank claims that since Vick's indictment on federal dogfighting charges, Vick and his partner defaulted on a 2006 loan to set up a wine shop and restaurant. Wachovia claimed in the suit filed Oct. 2 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta that it loaned them $1.3 million in May 2006.

QUICK HITTERS -- Chiefs running back Priest Holmes (86 career touchdowns) will practice today for the first time since a severe 2005 head and neck injury. Kansas City coach Herm Edwards repeated Tuesday there's a chance Holmes, 34, could play at Oakland on Sunday. ... Tampa Bay acquired running back Michael Bennett (3,426 yards, 12 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons) from the Kansas City Chiefs, hoping he helps them compensate for the loss of injured tailbacks Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Michael Pittman. Tampa Bay gives up undisclosed draft picks in 2008 and 2009 based on performance criteria. ... A son of Eagles coach Andy Reid was ordered back to jail Tuesday after missing a drug test. Garrett Reid, 24, didn't show up for a scheduled test Monday, according to prosecutors and his attorney, Ross Weiss. He is required to submit to random tests while awaiting sentencing on drug charges. ... Kevin Everett has developed enough strength to hold himself up briefly on a walker, and he can also use his feet to push himself around in a wheelchair, the latest signs of progress as the Bills' tight end recovers from a severe spinal cord injury. Everett suffered the injury while making a tackle on a Week 1 kickoff return. ... The injury-depleted Cardinals signed free-agent quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

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