THE SIDELINES : Eagles Bump Rimington for Gray

<i> From Times Wire Services</i>

The Philadelphia Eagles placed eight-year NFL veteran Dave Rimington on waivers today to make room on the roster for rookie running back James Gray.

Rimington, a two-time Outland Trophy winner at Nebraska, started at center in all 16 regular-season games and a playoff game in 1988, the year he joined the Eagles. Last year, he started in one regular season game and a playoff game and played in five others as a reserve.

Rimington was a first-round 1983 draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, who waived him in the 1988 preseason.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Gray, acquired Wednesday, was the New England Patriots’ third pick this year. He is Texas Tech’s all-time leading rusher with 742 carries for 4,066 yards and 45 touchdowns.