The Chiefs confirmed that rookie Tight End Kris Wilson does not have a sore ankle but instead broke his ankle in a meaningless play in the fourth quarter on Thursday night in Dallas. Kansas City confirmed the injury today when Head Coach Dick Vermeil addressed the media.
"They're operating but I don't know if the operation's finished yet. They operated on his fibula today for the broken bone. I haven't gotten a report," said Vermeil.
I'm willing to carry him if I think we can get him back the second half of the season. We'd then go with a 42-man roster and still suit up 46 players. It's disappointing but its part of this game. We had high hopes for him and he really was big in the game plan going into Denver." Needless to say the Chiefs are disappointed that they're losing such a fine offensive player.
Now there is a chance that the Chiefs will keep Wilson on the active roster when the team trims down to 53 players on Sunday afternoon. With Boerigter out, Wilson was going to be one of the players who was going to play a larger role in the offense this season.
Kansas City is down to Tony Gonzalez and Jason Dunn at tight end. It's likely that the Chiefs will have to add another tight end if Wilson is determined to be out for the year. The team already lost tight end Billy Baber to an injury he suffered in the Chiefs scrimmage with the Minnesota Vikings. Baber was released injured when he and the Chiefs came to terms on an injury settlement.
In other Chiefs news, Kansas City confirmed that veteran kicker Morten Andersen and incumbent punter Jason Baker will be released. That means the Chiefs will be counting on unproven kicker Lawrence Tynes and recently acquired punter Steve Cheek.
"Tough decision. Risky decision,: said Vermeil. "Obviously you don't do those things without thinking its going to be the best thing for the football team. Morten Andersen is a great guy and has been a great kicker and I think can still kick. Where we probably were unfair to him is I did not anticipate the problem we were going to have with our punting situation, so I assumed he wouldn't have to kick off. I assumed (Jason Baker) would do it."
Another player thought to be on the bubble is veteran long snapper Kendall Gammon. But according to Vermeil, his battle with rookie Jared Allen has given the Chiefs options and Vermeil sound as if he's pretty sire he'll keep the veteran snapper. "Right now he is. The final decision hasn't been made. I think in some guys' eyes it's been made, but it hasn't been finalized."
Now the Chiefs have to be concerned with the latest development. In the last six days they've lost two viable receiving options and released a pair of veterans that play crucial roles in special teams. With players being released left and right between now and Sunday, expect the Chiefs to closely watch the waiver wire for a diamond in the rough.