Chiefs Happy With Weekend Scrimmage

In all it seems to have been a successful practice over the weekend against the Minnesota Vikings, and now the Chiefs will get ready for the New York Giants this Friday night.

Against the Vikings the Chiefs were still without their top three wide receivers, because of injury. Eddie Kennison has been out since July 28 with hand problems, Johnny Morton flew to the West Cost to get a second opinion on his Achilles tendon. Also out is Marc Boerigter, who injured his shoulder early last week.

Trent Green is doing the best he can with kick returner Dante Hall lining up to catch passes. Green's other targets until all get healthy are rookie Richard Smith, and second year pro Chris Horn. Hall is the only one of those guys to catch a pass from Green.

"Trent could throw to my mother," head coach Dick Vermeil said to the Topeka Capital Journal. "I think he enjoys working with these young kids. He likes their enthusiasm, he likes their athleticism, their speed, what they do after the catch."

The Chiefs currently have the injury bug biting the team, as backup tackle Eddie Freeman hurt his knee Friday against the Vikings. Starting safety Jerome Woods took his third day off because of a sore hamstring.

The Chiefs did lose a player to a serious injury over the weekend, backup tight end Billy Barber hurt his knee when he was between Corey Chavous and Brian Russell. Last season it happened to the Chiefs as well when receiver Dameane Douglas was tackled hard.

"Two years in a row now, we've lost a guy to a serious knee injury because of the tempo they choose to play," Green said to the Wichita Eagle. "Somehow it needs to be addressed."

The big thing for the Chiefs this week, will to get everybody ready for the game against the Giants. The Giants are coming off a dismal season, which saw the firing of Jim Fassel.

These two teams do not have a lot of history with each other, and the last time these two squads met was September 23, 2001, the weekend after the September 11 tragedies.

The two teams have played twice before in a preseason, once in 1989 when the Giants won 45-7 and the other meeting was in 1972 in the Hall of Fame Game at Canton, Ohio. Chiefs won that game 23-17.

This will be the first time the fans of both teams will get to see Rookie Eli Manning lining up behind center. Manning, who will be trying to survive an improved Chiefs defense on Friday.

After the question was brought up if Dexter McCleon would get his starting job back after struggling early in practice, he was awarded his job back over the weekend. McCleon was the only one of the Chiefs secondary to stand tall against Randy Moss.

Along with McCleon the secondary will be tested again in their first preseason game. They will have to lineup against Amani Toomer, Ike Hilliard, and James McKnight. Cornerback Eric Warfield will have fair better than he did against Moss on Saturday. Top Stories