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Keyshawn thinks Hall after No. 800

Forgive Keyshawn Johnson if he's not overly concerned that the Panthers might be starting a backup quarterback on Sunday.

If former FSU standout Chris Weinke replaces the injured Jake Delhomme, it would be the 13th different quarterback Johnson has played with on four teams in 11 seasons. Yet his production never seems to suffer.

On Monday he became only the 16th player with 800 catches. Earlier this year he became the 26th player with 10,000 yards receiving.

They're impressive milestones for the well-traveled Johnson - and he knows it.

"You look at a guy like Marvin Harrison. He's had Peyton Manning for nine years. You give me Peyton Manning for nine years and see what I would have done," said Johnson, who spent four seasons with the Bucs starting in 2000. "One year I probably went through four or five quarterbacks. I had a punter and two rookies. I mean, come on. Me and (former punter Tom) Tupa hooked up for 194 yards (with the Jets) against New England or something."

Johnson, 34, remembers numbers. He knows how many catches he has this season (57), he knows his place in the record books, and he thinks the mark he set Monday should get him close to his ultimate goal.

"Now you run a strong debate on whether the person is a Hall of Famer," Johnson said. "I'm not done playing, but at the end of the day, I like to take pride in the fact that I was the No. 1 overall pick and my numbers speak for themselves. I've performed with as many quarterbacks as I've performed with and as many teams as I've been on. All the situations I've been in. I've won the Super Bowl (with Tampa Bay). You put all that into the same box. It's an elite group of people."

Others shy away from talking about numbers, the Hall of Fame or their future. Johnson has never been that way. Because of his tell-all book as a rookie and his feud with Bucs coach Jon Gruden that led to him being deactivated for the final six games of the 2003 season, many still view him in a negative light.

But with a few exceptions, players and coaches love him. Dallas coach Bill Parcells calls him one of his favorites. Carolina coach John Fox believes Johnson has brought what they expected and more. "I can't say I expected to be 6-6, but as it relates to individuals, Keyshawn has been a good addition," Fox said.

Meanwhile, Johnson was fined $5,000 by the NFL for throwing his helmet in Monday's loss at Philadelphia.

SEAU'S PROMISE: Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, 38 next month, said he plans to return for an 18th season. "I don't know which helmet I'll wear, but I'm definitely going to be back," he told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

BENGALS: Rookie receiver Reggie McNeal faces a drug charge stemming from his arrest this week in Houston. He had a cigarette that contained an antihistamine sometimes used as a sedative, police said. He is the seventh Bengal to be arrested this year.

REDSKINS: Running back Ladell Betts signed a five-year, $11-million contract extension.

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