During the Tuesday press conference Vermeil told reporters that back up running back Larry Johnson "he needs to take the diapers off and go play." Johnson may need to play Sunday because of an ankle injury to Priest Holmes.
"It was nice to visit with him and apologize for the comments I made," Vermeil said. "It was good for me, and I hope it was good for him, too."
Vermeil may go with the two headed running back system against the Texans tomorrow at Arrowhead. Derrick Blaylock and the aforementioned Johnson have been getting work with the first string offense this week, instead of Holmes who practiced briefly on Friday afternoon.
"Personally, I wouldn't want to play him if he isn't ready," Vermeil said of Holmes. "I wouldn't want to injure it further to the point where he misses three or four ballgames. It's not that we don't need him, but I think we owe it to him to make sure that it's really right before we put him in there."
Other injuries are also making news this week with the Chiefs. Wide receiver Samie Parker will more than likely not play tomorrow because of a hamstring injury. Defensive linemen Vonnie Holliday should play with a groin injury, and practiced for the first time this week on Thursday. Safety Greg Wesley also should get back in the field but wide receiver Eddie Kennison is listed as doubtful so practice squad wide receiver Chris Horn could be bumped up the Varsity.
Despite all the off the field stories this week there will be a game to play tomorrow. The winner of the game will have their first win of the season, but the Chiefs will have the backing of their home field and they'll need to take advantage of the Arrowhead crowd. However the home field did not mean much against the Carolina Panthers and the Chiefs need to get the fans on their sides by striking early in the game.
"I just told the football team that the reason they're 0-2 is more easily defined than why we're 0-2." Vermeil said, "Their problems are correctable and easier than ours are. They're minus four in the first game of the season against the Chargers. It's absolutely impossible to win a football game that way. Absolutely impossible. They were minus two last week."
Last season the Texans and Chiefs met for the first time, and Kansas City came away with a huge win in Houston 42-14. Last season the Chiefs used the trio from Texas to provide their offense as Holmes, Blaylock and Dante Hall all scored touchdowns in a game that was over by the middle of the third quarter.
Also tomorrow the Chiefs will honor former running back Joe Delaney at halftime. They will add Delaney to the Ring of Honor; he will be the thirty-fourth member of the group.
His wife and other family members will represent Delaney, who died in 1983 trying to save three kids in a pool.
Priest Holmes might suit up for the game but is not likely to play. The Chiefs need a healthy Holmes if they are going to get back on track this season.
Linebacker Keyaron Fox might also miss the Texans game. The Chiefs desperately need Fox on the field for their special teams. Fox is a tackling machine and the more playing time he can get the better. The Chiefs would like to get him on the field at linebacker but his hamstring injury has kept him on the sidelines.