Strategy Session: Chiefs vs. Jaguars

The Chiefs' linebacker corps took another scare Wednesday when middle backer Monty Beisel was pulled from practice early after complaining of hip soreness.

Kansas City already faces the possibility of playing in Jacksonville without starting left outside backer Scott Fujita, who has an ankle injury. Fujita, injured in the Baltimore game, did some running Wednesday and said after practice he remains uncertain about his availability.

Reserve Fred Jones, who has played primarily on special teams, worked in Fujita's spot and Kawika Mitchell worked in the middle when Beisel went out. The Chiefs don't believe Beisel's injury is serious enough to keep him out of Sunday's game. If Beisel is able to go, Jones appears likely to get his first NFL start with Mitchell backing up Beisel.

WR Eddie Kennison's anticipated return to the starting lineup following a two-week absence with a hamstring injury might restore the downfield element the Chiefs have been missing from their passing game. In four games the Chiefs have only seven passing plays of 20-plus yards, with only two of 30-plus. TE Tony Gonzalez has three of the seven 20-plus plays.

QB Trent Green, after struggling to a 53.7 QB rating in his first two games, has completed 65 percent of his passes (42 of 61) for 449 yards and four touchdowns against only one interception in his last two games against Houston and Baltimore. In his first two starts, both losses, Green completed only 50 percent of his throws for 361 yards with no TDs and two picks.

WR Dante Hall will return to a role as the No. 3 receiver now that Eddie Kennison is returning to the starting lineup. The Chiefs hope that with fewer responsibilities in the passing game, which he had for three of the season's first four weeks as a starting receiver, will leave Hall fresher to make plays in the kicking game.

TE Jason Dunn has taken advantage of double-coverage on fellow TE Tony Gonzalez in the red-zone by catching two touchdowns in KC's last two games. He now has 10 touchdowns among his 101 career catches.


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