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Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Eagles place Thomas on IR, sign veteran Flanigan


PHILADELPHIA -- Defensive lineman Hollis Thomas was placed on injured reserve by Philadelphia on Tuesday and the Eagles signed veteran Jim Flanigan to take his place.

Thomas tore his left biceps in the final minute of Philadelphia's victory over the New York Jets.

Thomas, a key run stopper, becomes the fourth member of the Eagles' defensive line to be lost for the season. Defensive ends Derrick Burgess (Achilles' tendon) and Jamaal Green (leg) went down in the preseason and defensive tackle Paul Grasmanis (Achilles' tendon) was hurt in the second week of the season.

Flanigan, a nine-year veteran, has played in 139 games with the Bears, Packers, and 49ers. He spent last year with San Francisco and was released by the Niners in preseason.