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NFL briefs

December 13, 2003

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Buccaneers' GM McKay could be on way out

Tampa, Fla. -- First Keyshawn Johnson, now Rich McKay.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers figure to have a different look on and off the field next year with one of their top players and the club's popular general manager likely headed elsewhere after this season.

Johnson was let go three weeks ago because of differences with Jon Gruden.

McKay has clashed with the coach of the Super Bowl champions, too, and could wind up with the Atlanta Falcons after receiving permission to speak with other teams about becoming their GM.

"People's visions and people's goals don't always stay the same," Gruden said. "My focus is on winning football games. If his goals are elsewhere, I certainly wish him well. He's outstanding at what he does, and I'm sure he'll continue to be."

Gruden, however, denied that a rift between him and McKay was forcing a split.

Miami's Fiedler to start at QB against Eagles

Davie, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler practiced Friday despite lingering soreness in his left knee, and he's expected to start Monday night against Philadelphia.

"I'm optimistic he'll be ready to play," coach Dave Wannstedt said. "But he's not 100-percent healthy."

During Sunday's loss at New England, Fiedler aggravated a knee injury that sidelined him for four games earlier this season.

Bennett questionable

Eden Prairie, Minn. -- Michael Bennett's sprained ankle prevented him from practicing Friday, and the Minnesota Vikings running back was downgraded to questionable on the injury report. That means Bennett has a 50 percent chance of playing Sunday against Chicago.

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