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Rams trade DE Hargrove to Bills

ST. LOUIS (Oct. 16, 2006) -- Defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who lost his starting job with the St. Louis Rams after skipping two days of practice and meetings this season, was traded to the Buffalo Bills for a fifth-round draft choice in 2007.

Hargrove was inactive Oct. 15 when the Rams lost 30-28 to Seattle, and has played in only three games this season. The third-round selection out of Georgia Tech in 2004 played in 35 games for St. Louis with 19 starts. He has only two tackles, one assist and a half-sack this season.

Last month, he failed show at Rams Park on back-to-back days. Hargrove was fined an undisclosed amount and did not make the trip to Arizona for the Rams' 16-14 victory on Sept. 24. Rookie Victor Adeyanju, a fourth-round pick, took over Hargrove's spot. Hargrove apologized for his absence but did not say why he took time off without notifying the team.

The Rams (4-2) have a bye week. The team said coach Scott Linehan would discuss the trade during an afternoon news conference.

Hargrove could get immediate playing time in Buffalo. The Bills pass rush has been ineffective, and the team is thin on the defensive line. Buffalo was down to three defensive tackles after placing rookie first-round pick John McCargo on injured reserve Oct. 14 after he broke his left foot against Chicago on Oct. 8.

Buffalo (2-4) has managed only six sacks over the past four games. The Bills also have struggled against the run, allowing 287 yards rushing in the past two games.

Buffalo starts two rookie safeties, and rookie fifth-round defensive tackle Kyle Williams has had significant playing time.

The Associated Press News Service

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