GREGORY A GONER

Defensive tackle Damian Gregory's days with the Dolphins are done, whether he is traded or simply released.<P>The Dolphins have been trying to trade Gregory, who exchanged words with both defensive line coach Clarence Brooks and head coach Dave Wannstedt after practice last Thursday.<P>

No details have surfaced about what prompted the initial argument between Gregory and Brooks, but Wannstedt asked Gregory to leave the locker room.

By Friday, Gregory's locker had been cleaned out, and when asked whether Gregory had a future with the team, Wannstedt replied, "Probably not."

"I really am not going to comment on anything that is inside-the-house, team stuff," Wannstedt said. "I'll make this statement: As long as I'm the head coach here and in charge of players, coaches and whatever falls under that, trainers and personnel people, we'll have an underlying, not-talked-about rule that I'll go by — you're either with us or against us, but as a Dolphin there's no space in between."

Gregory, a second-year player from Illinois State, saw action in two of the Dolphins' first four games this season.

He had shown a lot of potential in his limited action, but also had a few off-the-field problems at Indiana, where he went before transferring to Illinois State.

The Gregory incident was one of the two off-the-field situations that made news this weekend, but this other wasn't quite as significant.

It involved running back J.J. Johnson, who missed the team's flight to New York after being told he would be inactive for the game.

Unlike last year, inactives are announced the day of the game and therefore are required to travel with the team, something Johnson wasn't aware of.

Wannstedt called the incident a "legitimate misunderstanding" and wouldn't disclose whether what, if any, disciplinary action would be taken.


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