Gonzalez Has Strained MCL

Chiefs enter their final exibtion game against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday without having any serious injuries to their starters, but that all might have changed today as Tony Gonzalez hurt his left knee in practice on Tuesday.

Chiefs all pro tight end, Tony Gonzalez was injured in practice today. According to radio station 810WHB, Gonzales hurt his knee and the current diagnosis is a sprained MCL.

The Chiefs have made no official comment on the injury but Gonzalez told a local reporter that he would be fine and ready to go in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers on September 7th.

But Gonzalez was limping without the aid of crutches in the Chiefs locker room.

Gonzalez had his best game of the exibition season last week against the Seattle Seahawks where he caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Trent Green late in the first quarter.

Gonzalez will probably have an MRI done tomorrow to verify that the injury is indeed his MCL. If the injury is to his ACL, Gonzalez could be miss several weeks.

But Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil said on Wednesday that Gonzalez had a slight tear in the MCL and that it would be next week to determine if he will play on opening day against the Chargers.

In other Chiefs news, wide receiver Sylvester Morris has been placed on the injured reserve list. By placing him on the injured list now, Morris will be unable to play for the Chiefs this year.

Morris is in his fourth year with the Chiefs and he's missed what will be his third season in a row due to injuries.

Also the Chiefs placed WR Dameane Douglas and G Victor Allotey on Injured Reserve aas well DT Montique Sharpe who was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

Douglas was injured in a meaningless scrimmage against the Minnesota Vikings in River Falls. Douglas was expected to make the roster as a special teams player but now he will miss the entire 2003 season.

The Chiefs settled the Punter job by cutting Leo Araguz. That means Jason Baker will handle those duties as well as continue to work on kick-offs so he can spell Morten Andersen.

Other cuts announced were CB Darrius Johnson and T Garrick Jones.


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