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The Detroit Lions added a running back to help fill the Barry Sanders void Tuesday, acquiring Greg Hill from the St. Louis Rams for two draft picks.

The deal cost the Lions fifth- and seventh-round choices in next year's draft. The fifth pick is conditional, meaning the Rams could get a higher pick if Hill, a first-round pick in 1994, is successful in Detroit.

The Rams and Lions close the preseason Thursday night in Detroit.

Hill ran for 240 yards and four touchdowns in two games last year before breaking his leg and sustaining season-ending ankle ligament damage in a win over the Buffalo Bills. Hill fell to second-string when the Rams acquired Marshall Faulk, two days before this year's draft.

The trade also leaves the Rams thin in the backfield, at least for now. Robert Holcombe, a second-round pick last year who is the starting fullback, becomes the backup at running back.

Seau to play tight end

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers found a way to juice up a meaningless exhibition game by letting Junior Seau make his debut at tight end.

The All-Pro linebacker will become the NFL's latest two-way player when the Chargers play host to AFC West rival Kansas City on Friday night.

Seau told tight ends coach Paul Chryst he wanted some action before the season starts, and that means now, since the Chargers are idle the first week of the NFL schedule and open Sept. 19 at Cincinnati.

"I just want to get the nerves out," Seau said. "It's mainly just getting in sync within and being comfortable with what I've got to do."

Cards' linemen back to work

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Lester Holmes remembers nearly everything about the freeway rollover that injured him and two other Arizona Cardinals linemen.

But he had to look at pictures to realize how close all three came to death.

"I wasn't paying attention to the car, just my teammates," Holmes said Tuesday after his first practice session since the Aug. 16 crash on Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff. "It was sitting there, and I just walked away from it. But the car pretty much told the story, know what I mean? We were just lucky."

Holmes, the starting right guard, wore a cap that obscured a barely visible scar that runs the width of his forehead, the only trace of a gash that plastic surgeon Stephen Lex of Flagstaff repaired after the wreck.

Lex, vascular surgeon Jerry Mohr and orthopedist Philip Mack all worked on Holmes, but spent more time -- a total of 16 hours in surgery -- to save the right arm of offensive tackle Ernest Dye.

Holmes called Dye on Sunday and found him in good spirits.

Defensive tackle Carl Simpson, the third person in Dye's luxury auto, bruised his hip in the accident. Tuesday marked his return to the practice field, along with left guard Chris Dishman, who has been sidelined after elbow surgery.

Around the league

In his first interview about the traffic stop that led to his brush with the law, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday he had no idea police were pursuing him after he left the scene of a traffic stop. Police had considered charging Jones with fleeing the scene of a traffic stop but decided on a charge of interference with public duties. "The mental picture of me driving through Highland Park with an officer behind me with lights on is not correct," Jones said. "As a matter of fact, there was nobody behind me from the initial stop (in Highland Park) to the church. I got out, my family got out. Then a police car drove up."

Ricky Williams was able to run Tuesday, giving the New Orleans Saints hope their rookie running back can return to practice next week. Williams hasn't practiced or played since suffering a high ankle sprain on Aug. 13.

The Indianapolis Colts released veteran center Jay Leeuwenburg, 30. He started every game the past two seasons.

Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Koy Detmer is sidelined indefinitely with a herniated disk in his back. Brett Conway has won the job as the Washington Redskins' starting kicker, beating out Cary Blanchard.

The Baltimore Ravens released veteran wide receiver Webster Slaughter. Slaughter has 563 career receptions for 8,111 yards and 44 touchdowns.

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