NEW YORK, OCT. 30 -- Running back Eric Dickerson, who had demanded that the Los Angeles Rams trade him, said tonight he has been dealt to the Indianapolis Colts.

Appearing on ESPN, he said he learned of the trade from Colts Coach Ron Meyer. Meyer coached Dickerson at Southern Methodist.

Dickerson said he was traded for a No. 1 and No. 2 draft choice in 1988 and will be one of the highest-paid backs in the NFL.

He didn't cite figures but said: "I will be making a quarterback's salary."

Rams spokesman John Oswald said he couldn't confirm the trade.

Jim Irsay, general manager of the Colts, said: "At this time a trade has not been made. Other than that, I really can't comment on it. It has not taken place, I guarantee you of that.

Colts public relations director Craig Kelley, reached at East Rutherford, N.J., where the team will play the New York Jets on Sunday, said: "The Colts have no comment at this time."

Dickerson, 27, is in his fifth season with the Rams. He gained 1,808 yards in 1983, an NFL rookie rushing record, and set a league rushing record a year later by gaining 2,105 yards.

He held out before the 1985 season and didn't play until the third game. He wound up gaining 1,234 yards. Last year, he rushed a league-leading 1,821 yards.

Last week, after the NFL strike ended, Dickerson asked the Rams to trade him, specifically to Washington, Denver or Chicago. He implied he was so unhappy that he wouldn't be able to give his best effort for the Rams.

Last Monday night against the Cleveland Browns, he saw action only in the first half, gaining 38 yards on seven carries, including a 27-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.

He did not play after that, blaming a thigh injury.

The Rams had put Dickerson on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.