Bucs winning, but is Keyshawn ready to bolt Tampa?

Receiver Keyshawn Johnson is disappearing from the Bucs' offense and is questioning his future with the team.

While Joe Jurevicius and Keenan McCardell were catching two touchdowns apiece in Sunday's 34-10 win over Atlanta, Johnson had just two receptions for 25 yards.

   Johnson has not complained and is happy the Bucs seem headed toward a possible Super Bowl appearance. But his sporadic use this season by Bucs coach Jon Gruden has prompted him to question his future with the team.

   "I'll reassess this thing after the season," said Johnson. "I'll look at it and see if it's for me. If I don't think it's for me, I'll let them know it's not for me. Right now, I'm happy we're winning and we have a chance to go to the Super Bowl."

   It's been an emotionally-draining time for Johnson, who filed for divorce from the former Shikiri Hightower. As news of the breakup spread, he missed practice last Thursday to spend time with his two children, 6-year-old daughter Maia, and four-year-old son, Keyshawn, Jr., while the team prepared for an NFC South showdown with the Atlanta Falcons.

   Bucs officials suspect Johnson has been affected by his off-field problems and are concerned about his weight loss.

   "We know it's not easy on him," said Gruden. "For us to do what we did, really without him, says a lot about these guys. But when Keenan went down, when Joe went down, he steps up big against the Vikings. You know what's there. But we need to help him and hope that this is a temporary situation."

   But Johnson says to suggest he is not catching more passes because of off-field matters is an excuse.

   "If anybody thinks the reason I'm not touching the football a number of times because I'm getting a divorce, than I guess I have been getting a divorce all year long," said Johnson. "I guess I was getting a divorce in Carolina because I caught two balls. Am I having a problem because I got three balls thrown to me?

   Johnson had only four passes thrown his direction against Atlanta, catching two.

   "I'm not a guy that has a lot of drops, but I had one over the middle of the field," said Johnson. "I had one tipped in back of the end zone and I wouldn't have come down in bounds. They threw me four balls and I caught two."


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