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Rams trade holdout Pankey to Colts


The Los Angeles Rams traded holdout offensive tackle Irv Pankey to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday for a third-round pick and an undisclosed lower-round choice in next year's NFL draft.

Pankey, whose holdout lasted 50 days, approved the trade when he agreed to terms on a three-year contract. The trade is contingent upon Pankey's passing a physical today.

Pankey, 33, from Aberdeen, was a starter in nine of his 11 seasons as a Ram. He had been a fixture at left tackle since 1986.

The Rams had offered Pankey a two-year contract worth $1 million before the trade. He had sought a $750,000-a-year contract.

* VIKINGS: D.J. Dozier plans to change hats again, trading his Class AAA baseball cap for a Minnesota helmet. Dozier, who has spent the summer playing outfield for the New York Mets' affiliate in Norfolk, Va.,

has left the team.

Dozier (.269, 1 HR, 22 RBI in 171 at-bats) took himself out of the lineup before Tuesday night's game. Dozier also did not play last night, the last game of the International League season.

* PACKERS: Green Bay has offered holdout linebacker Tim Harris, who led the team in sacks each of his five seasons, to two teams for a first-round draft choice in 1992, the Milwaukee Journal reported.

The newspaper did not identify the teams the Packers had contacted.

* EAGLES: Randall Cunningham underwent major surgery on his left knee, and the surgeon said the quarterback should be ready by next year's training camp. Dr. Clarence Shields, who repaired Cunningham's other knee 10 years ago, performed the two-hour operation in Los Angeles.

* 49ERS: Coach George Seifert still is counting on quarterback Joe Montana, who has an injured right elbow, being ready for the Sept. 29 game against the Los Angeles Raiders, disputing a report by back specialist Dr. Arthur White, who says Montana has a torn ligament, not a torn tendon.

"It has been expressed to me by the quarterback that he hasn't even seen the doctor in question," Seifert said.

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