Eagles sign DT Flanigan to one-year contract

Updated: October 28, 2003, 1:00 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - With another void to fill along their defensive line, the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday signed veteran tackle Jim Flanigan to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Flanigan, 32, spent last season with the San Francisco 49ers and collected 11 tackles and one sack in 15 games. The 6-2, 290-pounder was released by San Francisco in August.

A nine-year veteran, Flanigan also has played for Chicago and Green Bay. He enjoyed his best season with the Bears in 1995, when he registered career highs of 11 sacks and 86 1/2 tackles.

"I'm a blue-collar type of guy," Flanigan said. "I rely more on my quickness and play as intensely as I can every time I'm out there. That's kind of how I've made it for nine or 10 years."

The Eagles endured their latest blow to their defense line when tackle Hollis Thomas suffered a season-ending torn left biceps injury in Sunday's 24-17 win over the New York Jets. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

A key run stopper, Thomas was the fourth member of the Eagles' defensive line to suffer a season-ending injury. Ends Derrick Burgess (Achilles) and Jamaal Green (leg) were hurt during the preseason and tackle Paul Grasmanis (Achilles') was hurt in Week Two of the regular season.

Defensive end Jerome McDougle, the team's first-round pick, also has yet to play this season due to a severely sprained ankle.

Despite their rash of injuries, the Eagles (4-3) have won four of their last five games since an 0-2 start to pull within one game of first-place Dallas in the NFC East.

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