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Bulging disk cancels McCargo trade

Defensive tackle John McCargo will not be joining the Indianapolis Colts, after all.

The Colts voided the trade of McCargo from the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday after the third-year player failed their physical. The Colts discovered a bulging disk in McCargo's back, according to two league sources. So they canceled the deal that would have sent a fourth-round pick in next April's draft to the Bills.

McCargo's rights revert to the Bills. However, it's unclear whether the Bills will welcome him back onto the 53-man roster. It's possible McCargo could be released rather than face the uncomfortable situation of returning to a team that did not want him.

McCargo, the 26th overall pick in the 2006 draft, has appeared in 25 games for the Bills but has not made any starts. His rookie season was cut short due to a broken foot. The problem required a second surgery early in 2007, which adversely affected his offseason conditioning prior to last season. McCargo has seen only limited duty in five games this season.


The Bills' injury report this week looks good on offense and not great on defense.

Both quarterback Trent Edwards and receiver Roscoe Parrish participated fully in the team's practice Wednesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and both proclaimed themselves ready to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Parrish's return would be ahead of schedule. He tore ligaments in his thumb in the game against Oakland on Sept. 21. It was estimated he'd miss four to six weeks.

"I was full go," Parrish said. "I'm on schedule. I had no pain in my thumb and caught the ball well, and I'm on pace like I thought I was going to be."

"It's very good to have him back," said Bills coach Dick Jauron. "He brings energy to our practice field just like he does to the field on game day. He's a very, very tough guy, a very, very quick, elusive guy. He gives us a big play threat every time he touches the ball. I thought he had a good practice."

Edwards had practiced fully Monday and got through Wednesday's workout with no problem.

"I feel as close to 100 percent as possible," Edwards said. "Monday's practice went well for me and today's practice went well, too."

On defense, starting cornerback Terrence McGee is doubtful due to the sprained knee ligament he suffered in the game at St. Louis three weeks ago.

Defensive end Aaron Schobel looks like he probably will miss the game, too. He did not practice and was walking around in an immobilizer boot due to a sprained toe ligament that has bothered him the past couple of weeks.

McGee was able to do a little bit of running around in the individual portion of practice Wednesday. He has not yet officially been ruled out. Schobel, who has been bothered by the toe injury since the St. Louis game, said his foot was "better" than last week. However, he needed to take pain medication to play in Arizona 10 days ago and still is having problems with the injury. It will be a surprise if he is able to practice this week.


The Chargers rested running backs LaDainian Tomlinson (toe) and Darren Sproles (sore ankle) from Wednesday's practice. Both are expected to play Sunday. Also not practicing were starting receiver Chris Chambers (ankle) and linebacker Jyles Tucker (hamstring). Chambers sat out last week but is considered to have a good chance to play against the Bills.


The Bills will sponsor the Verizon Wireless HopeLine donation program at Sunday's game.

Fans are encouraged to bring wireless phones in any condition. They will be collected at stadium gates. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse. Proceeds are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. Linebacker Kawika Mitchell is the spokesman for the drive. The HopeLine program, started in 2001, has distributed more than 60,000 phones to victims of domestic violence across the country.


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