Ex-lineman Mims found dead in his apartment

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Police say no evidence of foul play

former Redskin had legal problems

October 16, 2008|By From Sun news services

Chris Mims, a former defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins beset by legal problems, was found dead in his downtown Los Angeles apartment yesterday. He was 38.

Authorities said there was no evidence of foul play.

Mims was discovered shortly before 9:30 a.m. by police officers conducting a welfare check, police said. The coroner's office declined to comment because Mims' relatives had not yet been notified.

Mims played eight seasons in the NFL, seven with the Chargers (1992-1996 and 1998-1999) and one with the Redskins (1997). He retired in 2000, finishing with 42 sacks in 104 games.

Mims, 6 feet 5, battled weight problems and once referred to himself as the "Fat Doctor" because he often tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds.

Mims was drafted out of Tennessee in the first round by the Chargers in 1992. He had a career-high 11 sacks when San Diego won the AFC in 1994. He was released by the Chargers in 1997.

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More Cowboys: : During part of the 25 minutes of practice open to reporters, quarterback Tony Romo was on the sideline with trainers and made several throws during a brief walk-through. Afterward, he appeared briefly in the locker room, the broken pinkie finger on his throwing hand heavily wrapped, and left quickly without comment. ESPN.com quoted a "high-ranking Cowboys source" as saying Romo, who was injured during Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Cardinals, had told coaches he is ready to play Sunday against the Rams. Dallas' medical staff had said that he would miss a month.

Steelers: : Running back Willie Parker was unexpectedly held out of practice after aggravating the sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Parker, who hasn't played since Sept. 21, practiced Monday and was expected to play Sunday at Cincinnati, but his return is now in doubt.

Colts: : The team put rookie running back Mike Hart (right knee) on injured reserve and added two running backs to the active roster. Hart and Pro Bowl running back Joseph Addai (right hamstring) left in the first half of Sunday's 31-3 win over the Ravens. The Colts promoted undrafted rookie Chad Simpson, a former Morgan State standout, from the practice squad and re-signed Clifton Dawson. ... Defensive tackle John McCargo failed his physical, voiding the trade that sent him from the Bills to the Colts and sending his rights back to Buffalo, Indianapolis spokesman Craig Kelley said.

Et cetera: : NFL owners discussed playing spring preseason games as part of a possible expansion of the regular-season schedule. No action was taken by the owners as they wrapped up their meetings in St. Petersburg, Fla. ... Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel wore a protective boot on his injured left foot while watching practice, and his status is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

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