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Saints obtain RB Chatman from Dolphins

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 11, 2005) -- Jesse Chatman was acquired by the New Orleans Saints from Miami to provide depth at running back in the absence of the injured Deuce McAllister.

The 5-foot-8, 245-pound Chatman, in his fourth NFL season, had his best year in 2004 with San Diego as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup, rushing for 392 yards and three touchdowns and gaining 6 yards per carry. He was released by the Chargers during the summer and signed by the Dolphins.

He had been inactive for all five Miami games. The Dolphins will receive a conditional future draft choice in the deal.

McAllister tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 9 at Green Bay and is expected to be lost for the season. Antowain Smith and Aaron Stecker will replace him with Chatman, who played at Eastern Washington, serving as insurance.

The Associated Press News Service

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