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Updated: November 14, 2003, 12:35 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Denver Broncos: Wednesday, coach Mike Shanahan called out CB Deltha O'Neal for his season-long struggles in the secondary. Thursday, he took him out of the secondary altogether. Shanahan acknowledged that O'Neal is a remarkable athlete, and now he plans on using his skills as a wide receiver. "We've moved him over and we've looked at him this week," Shanahan told the Denver Post. "He really did a good job. I think he's got a lot of talent and he's got natural hands. I think everybody knows what type of running ability he has. We're taking a look at him and hopefully he enjoys it, steps up and will make some plays for us."

Miami Dolphins: Backup C Seth McKinney will start in place of injured starter Tim Ruddy Sunday. Ruddy was unable to practice for the second consecutive day because of an inflamed knee. Going up against a tough Ravens rush defense, the Dolphins would love to have Ruddy available. The Miami Herald reports it is possible that he might practice today. If so, and he feels strong enough, he might rotate with McKinney throughout the game.

Washington Redskins: KR Chad Morton tested his sprained ankle during Thursday's practice and felt it's healed sufficiently enough for him to take the field Sunday in Carolina. "It was pretty good," Morton told the Washington Post. "It was a little sore but I was able to run around a little bit." Morton injured the ankle against the Dallas Cowboys and missed last week's game. And WR Patrick Johnson has been the primary kick returner. But on his seven kickoff returns since taking over for Morton, he's averaged a yard less per return, and a full two yards less per return on punts. Coach Steve Spurrier said he's hopeful of having Morton back against the Panthers. "Chad was running around pretty well," Spurrier said. "He's got a good chance to make it."