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Chargers trade guard Fonoti to Vikings

San Diego Chargers-
Minnesota Vikings: The Chargers have traded guard Toniu Fonoti to the Minnesota Vikings for a seventh-round choice in 2006 that could be upgraded to a sixth-rounder if Fonoti
dresses for six games or starts three games, ESPN.com's John Clayton reports.

The Vikings and Saints were the two teams most involved in the final negotiations of the trade that came down within the final half-hour of the trade deadline, which is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Both teams were looking for some help at guard.

Fonoti, 24, is a 6-4, 350-pound mauler who is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. He's expected to be one of the better guards on the market.

Talks of a long-term deal broke up between the Chargers and Fonoti a couple weeks ago. The team was willing to trade him because he was going to leave after the season.

He's been sidelined in the past month because of hand surgery and is about a week away from playing.

He was a second-round choice of the Chargers in 2002.

San Diego Chargers-
Miami Dolphins: The Chargers acquired third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley from the Miami Dolphins in a trade that also involved third-string Chargers quarterback Cleo Lemon, ESPN.com's John Clayton reported.


The Chargers also received a sixth-round draft pick.

The move to acquire Feeley signifies the Chargers intention to make a decision after the season between Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. Brees is a free agent after the season and he is the current starting quarterback. Rivers has four more years on his contract after the season.

San Francisco 49ers: Linebacker Saleem Rasheed could miss the next five weeks after undergoing left knee surgery.

Rasheed was expected to start Sunday in place of injured linebacker Jeff Ulbrich, who's out for the season with a biceps injury. But in the opening drills of the 49ers' first practice back
from their bye week Monday, Rasheed went down with another problem
in his troublesome knee.

Coach Mike Nolan said Rasheed will need at least two weeks to recover from the surgery on his meniscus, but he probably won't return until next month.

Rasheed, a fourth-year pro, has been a backup for most of his career in San Francisco. Brandon Moore will join the starting lineup in his absence, with Derek Smith moving over to take the spot vacated by Ulbrich and Rasheed in the 3-4 defense.

Denver Broncos: Linebacker D.J. Williams is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 28 for a bond hearing following his arrest last month for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Williams, the Broncos' top pick in last year's draft, was arrested Sept. 23, 18th Judicial District spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh said.

Williams, whose real first name is Genos, was released after posting $1,000 bond. He also posted $1,500 bond for a warrant for failing to appear in court for an earlier traffic violation in Arapahoe County, Douglas County sheriff's Lt. Alan Stanton said.

Williams, 23, started at weakside linebacker for 14 games last season, making 114 stops to become the first Broncos rookie in 32
years to lead his team in tackles. This year he has started all six
games for the Broncos (5-1) and has 11 tackles.

A message left after hours Tuesday for team officials was not immediately returned.

Baltimore Ravens: Safety Ed Reed suffered a high ankle sprain against the Browns last Sunday and is to be re-evaluated later this week, but could be out for about a month, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The Ravens have not yet set a timetable for the return of Reed, last season's defensive player of the year.

Receiver Mark Clayton and fullback Ovie Mughelli also suffered ankle injuries, but less severe sprains than Reed.

"Ed is probably the most serious with the infamous high ankle sprain, which is like the turf toe, more serious than it sounds," Ravens coach Brian Billick told the Sun. "We'll have to see how it progresses. The [MRIs on] the three are not totally done, but that which we've done up to this point is encouraging."

Jamal Lewis still No. 1 back: Jamal Lewis has struggled to return to the form that made him one of the NFL's most dominant running backs two years ago, but he remains No. 1 on the Ravens' depth chart, Billick told the Sun.

While Lewis has yet to produce up to reputation, his backup, Chester Taylor, has nearly doubled Lewis' output, averaging 5.8 yards per carry to Lewis' 3.0 yards per carry.

Billick told the Sun that Lewis remains the workhorse back and said it was not a "priority" to get Taylor more carries.

"We're very confident when Chester Taylor is in there and we have no hesitation with him," Billick said. "But Jamal Lewis is a force to be reckoned with, and when it's all said and done, he will have a huge impact on our ability to run the ball."

Lewis is off to the worst start of his career, mananging just 292 yards in five games, for an average of 58.4 yards (26th in the NFL).

Jacksonville Jaguars: Coach Jack Del Rio downplayed the seriousness of running back Fred Taylor's injured ankle and told the Jacksonville Times-Union he expects Taylor to play when the team returns from its bye week Oct. 30 at St. Louis.

Taylor was declared inactive for the Jags' overtime win at Pittsburgh last week after a test of the ankle in pregame warmups raised concerns.

Del Rio told the paper he doesn't think Taylor has a high ankle sprain, which could cause Taylor to miss several weeks and in some cases requires surgery.

"In terms of the one [sprain] that lingers for weeks and weeks, [Taylor doesn't have it] that I'm aware of. I don't believe that is the case," Del Rio told the paper.

St. Louis Rams:
The younger brother of NFL player
Leonard Little was shot to death and a 17-year-old girl was taken
into custody after trying to flee police Tuesday.

Investigators found Jermaine Little, 24, lying on the floor of a
friend's home about 5:30 p.m. Monday in Harriman, about 40 miles
east of Knoxville where his brother once starred for the University
of Tennessee.

Shot once in the side, Jermaine Little died at Roane County
Medical Center.

Harriman police chief Jack Stockton said there was a dispute
over money. Little's girlfriend, Jessica Butcher, claimed he owed
her $500. "There was a physical altercation inside the residence
and something happened," Stockton said.

The suspect, who accompanied Butcher to the house, went outside to their car
"and came back with a gun, allegedly, and fired one shot at the
doorway," Stockton said.

Oak Ridge police spotted the suspect's vehicle, chased her until she wrecked,
then caught her after she ran to her apartment. She was being held
in the Anderson County Jail with charges pending.

Detroit Lions: Lions left tackle Jeff Backus is expected to miss the team's game against the Browns with a sprained left ankle, that Backus termed "high," the Detroit News reported.

Backus was injured in the second half of last Sunday's loss to Carolina and was replaced by Kyle Kosier, who has also played right tackle and left guard this season.

The Lions began working out potential replacements for Backus on Monday, welcoming Tyrone Hopson, a backup at guard and center for the Lions for three seasons, and Rob Murphy, a former 49er who was in camp with the Lions this year, to the team's practice facility.

Backus has made 69 straight starts and hasn't missed a game since being drafted out of Michigan in 2001.

Cleveland Browns: Coach Romeo Crennel left open the possibility that quarterback Trent Dilfer might be replaced by third-round pick Charlie Frye as starter, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"What we'll do is that we'll look at it [the quarterback position], and we're looking at everything," Crennel told the paper. And if we determine that a personnel move needs to be made, then we'll make a personnel move -- at whatever position it is."

Houston Texans:
The Texans placed linebacker Kailee Wong,
who suffered a season ending knee injury against Seattle, on the
injured list on Tuesday.

The team signed Frank Chamberlin to take Wong's roster spot.
Chamberlin attended training camp with the Texans before being
released in September. The linebacker spent last season on
Cincinnati's injured reserve.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.