State of the Chargers
Marcellus Wiley has not practiced this week from a bilateral injury to his groin, and an added injury to his abdomen. As the week went on he attempted to sport a brave face but by the end of the week his words were cryptic.
"It's doubtful, really," Wiley said. "If I had to play right now, I'd basically be a cheerleader with a helmet on because I couldn't go out there and play the way I need to play. I wouldn't be able to live up to my expectations. I can handle the pain. I've dealt with the pain from the groin but when the ab was added, now I don't have the strength and power that I normally have, that I need to have."
Adrian Dingle will replace Wiley in the lineup. Dingle has created good pressure in his limited role on passing downs. Dingle will face one of the best offensive lines in the league, led by Pro Bowler John Tait.
Junior Seau took the day off after practicing on Thursday. He claimed it was the plan all along and he should be ready to go even though he was downgraded from probable to questionable.
Rodney Harrison has progressed nicely all week after being sore after the loss to Denver last week. He will be in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Stephen Alexander will miss the game on Sunday leaving 2 rookie tight ends to take his place. Josh Norman and Justin Peelle will have the task of providing solid blocking for LaDainian Tomlinson throughout the game, while also being a threat in the pass game. Norman will get the start.
State of the Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs signed PK Michael Husted on Saturday. Vermeil confirmed the report and said it would only be until Morten Anderson was fully healthy. Vermeil did not rule out Anderson (sore hamstring) kicking but said, "I believe that he will but I'm covered if he can't."
The Cheifs have let wide receiver Curtis Jackson to make room for Husted. It was inevitable he would go next week when Marvin "Snoop" Minnis is expected back.
Donnie Edwards and Tony Gonzalez are both southern California natives who co-hosted a Sunday pre-game show called "The Locker Room" last year. They are good friends and will be going to dinner together on Saturday night. On Sunday they will be matched together as Edwards, a great coverage LB who started his career as a Chief and spent 6 seasons with the team, will have the job of blanketing Gonzalez.
Donnie Edwards spoke out earlier in the week and still calls this contest just another game.
Wide receiver Tamarick Vanover, a Chief of 5 seasons, was not so sure stating, "I'm trying to treat this as another game, but right now it's not working out that way. I find myself out there going a little harder than what I normally do during the individual period. I kind of lost my focus a little bit, thinking about what was coming with this game. It took me about half of practice to get it back.
"I allowed myself to get amped up for this game, and I don't think I can go out there and play like that Sunday, even though I know it's going to be hard. But I can't allow myself to get too amped up, because I'll find myself hyperventilating out there."
So far everything has gone wrong for Vanover. Getting amped and showing some emotion can't hurt his game so it is a welcome addition. Vanover is still struggling through the 5th week of the season. Coach Schottenheimer gave him a vote of confidence by stating he would not remove Vanover from his return duties.
The Chargers added depth to their offensive line on Sunday adding Kelvin Garmon in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. The Chargers traded an unspecified draft pick in the 2003 NFL draft. Garmon has played both guard positions. Michael Keathley who also plays guard can now concentrate on backing up Jason Ball at the center position as well now. Previously Keathley was covering both spots in the lineup.
Wide receiver Eric Parker was released to make room for Garmon. Parker was added to the active roster from the practice squad when Cory Raymer went on injured reserve on September 25th.
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