Nuge's Notes: Sims Might Play if Dalton Sits

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Ryan Sims got extensive work again today on the practice field. At this point, it's still unclear as to whether or not he'll play on Sunday, but Head Coach Dick Vermeil indicated it could be another week before he gets back on the playing field.

With defensive tackle Lional Dalton possibly out for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with personal issues, the Chiefs could be tempted to put Sims on the field.

Defensive lineman Jimmy Wilkerson got some work at the defensive tackle position, and tackle Junior Siavii saw more action than usual, and they're definitely going to be needed if Dalton can't go this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Cornerback Patrick Surtain saw action again on the practice field, coming off an ankle injury suffered against the Houston Texans. It looks like Surtain will be ready to go Sunday, but the Chiefs are going to continue to monitor him to make sure he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

Linebacker Shawn Barber will be activated on Sunday, and head coach Dick Vermeil is expecting Barber to play a big role on special teams. Barber appears to be suffering no effects from the knee injury he's battling the last season or so. He will add speed and leadership to the special teams unit. To make room on the roster for Barber, the Chiefs put rookie linebacker Kris Griffin on injured reserve.

Wide receiver Eddie Kennison, didn't practice today due to back spasms, but he told Warpaint Illustrated that he'll be ready to go Sunday.

New long snapper Ed Perry's been practicing since Wednesday, and he's been working hard to get acclimated to his new teammates. With Kendall Gammon on the Injured Reserve list, there could be continuity concerns bringing in a replacement.

Perry is a nine year veteran as a long snapper, so that's probably pretty comforting to the kickers and holder. Perry said, "I've gotten in a lot of work. I've worked with the punter, worked the field goal, worked with a lot of the core guys on the punt team, so I've been able to see how they work, how they operate, going down the field. I've worked with them every day. I think it's the same thing, just different terminology."

Rookie cornerback Alphonso Hodge has been elevated to the 53-man roster. This is the first time for Hodge, who was pretty excited about being elevated.

"It feels good," Hodge says about the potential of playing in his first NFL game. "It was a long haul, but I just had to work hard, and keep working to get here, but this is just the beginning, I've got a lot of work to do. I hang out with the older guys; they're teaching me how to study the game. Just hanging around with guys like Pat [Surtain], Dex [McCleon], Dwayne [Washington], they've made me so much better, and smarter."

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