NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
LB Shawn Barber will probably play in San Diego this week with a soft cast on his left wrist, which he injured against Oakland. Vermeil said Barber had a dislocation in the wrist.
LB Mike Maslowski, who missed the Oakland game with a knee injury, is improving and might be available for San Diego, Vermeil said Monday. A medical examination of the knee last week showed no damage that would require surgery.
P Jason Baker drew the anger of his head coach Sunday after a second-straight sub-par performance in the 27-24 victory over Oakland. After watching Cincinnati's Peter Warrick return a low Baker punt for a long fourth-quarter TD a week earlier, Vermeil admitted that he "lost my temper with the kid" when Baker's punting didn't improve any (31.8-yard gross, an unsightly 20.2 net) against the Raiders. Phillip Buchanon's 27-yard fourth-quarter punt return might have gone for a go-ahead TD had not Baker nudged him out of bounds. Vermeil's main frustration comes from watching Baker punt well in practice, then get the yips when the lights come on
QB Trent Green's streak of passes without an interception now has reached 156 over four games -- the longest streak in the league this year. Green, who was last picked in the first Raiders game on Oct. 20, posted his fifth triple-digit QB rating in his last six games.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"It wasn't that I wanted to keep the streak intact, but you just don't want to miss out on any of this." -- Chiefs G Brian Waters, who had to convince his coaches that he could play with a badly bruised shoulder and thus kept alive the offensive line's streak of 27 games (dating back to the 2002 opener) playing intact.