Tuesday Player Notes

Updates on Frye, Anderson, ,Wright, Winslow, and more...

FRYE'S WRIST OK, BUT ANDERSON LIKELY: Preliminary X-rays were negative on Charlie Frye's right wrist, but it appears unlikely Frye will play in Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh.

Frye hurt his wrist early in the first half of the win over Kansas City. He finished the half, but he could not play in the second half due to the pain.

Derek Anderson replaced Frye and played well. Anderson would start Thursday night if Frye can't.

Anderson will have a completely new challenge against the Steelers. The Chiefs usually rushed four players and did not blitz.

"(The Steelers) are a blitz-zone team," coach Romeo Crennel said. "They're not going to change it because of who the quarterback is. They may do more of it because of who the quarterback is."

Crennel said that when he was defensive coordinator, he felt it was to his advantage when he faced an inexperienced quarterback.

Anderson had a nice coming-out party against the Chiefs. His education starts Thursday.

GOOD SHOWING BY DROUGHNS: RB Reuben Droughns bounced back nicely from an injury and an off week.

Droughns ran well and hard against Kansas City. He finally looked like the back who gained 1,200 yards the last two seasons.

This came after Droughns had been put on kickoff coverage, which sometimes is a signal to players that their job is in danger.

"Reuben Droughns has kept a good attitude, hustled and played special teams," coach Romeo Crennel said.

WINSLOW A DECOY? TE Kellen Winslow watched as Tony Gonzalez caught pass after pass and scored twice.

Winslow had the last laugh, though, as he came up with a key 26-yard catch in overtime that led to the game-winning field goal.

Winslow shrugged off not catching a pass, saying he was a decoy. Crennel said the Chiefs' coverage paid special attention to Winslow.

"The one catch that he had was a really good catch," Crennel said. "I told Kellen after another game that we ended up winning where he had only one catch, which was a really good catch. I said, 'That one catch was more important than the 11 you made the week before and we lost. Just go do your job, and if it comes to you, it comes to you. If it doesn't, it doesn't. If the ball is there, just make the play.'"

BLITZ THE NEW GUY: QB Derek Anderson figures to be challenged by the Steelers' aggressive blitz packages. Anderson is not a mobile quarterback, and he tends to stare down receivers.

SHARING TIME: RB Jason Wright shared time with Reuben Droughns and had two big catches, one a 54-yard catch-and-run on a shovel pass that set up a touchdown. Wright figures to share the time the rest of the season.

WELCOME BACK: WR Joe Jurevicius was rediscovered in the offense. His six catches for 75 yards led the team and helped calm the offense.

JUMPING BACK: WR Braylon Edwards made a nice leaping catch for a touchdown. That catch did a lot to silence critics who had been on Edwards since his sideline tirade a week earlier.

WILLIE'S NEIGHBORHOOD: LB Willie McGinest had a strong game against the run, recording 12 tackles from his outside position. McGinest dominated his side of the field.

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