Chiefs Have New Kicker

Apparently Kansas City has given up on kicker Justin Medlock. One regular season game into his NFL career, the UCLA alum finds himself on the streets. The team tried to stick with Medlock after a unimpressive preseason, but after missing a big kick against the Houston Texans, they decided it was much too risky.

The Chiefs signed former Green Bay Packer Dave Rayner to replace Medlock. He spent part of the day on Monday working with holder Dustin Colquitt to get ready for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. The Chiefs worked out several kickers on Monday last week, and had Rayner work out on Tuesday. Rayner's workout was head and shoulders above the other guys, and after Medlock's performance on Sunday, Kansas City decided they couldn't pass up a solid kicker.

Ironically, Rayner comes to the Chiefs after being cut by the Packers, who drafted kicker Mason Crosby in the sixth round in April. The Chiefs drafted Medlock in the fifth and passed on Crosby. Sunday, Crosby made all three of his kicks, including a game winner.

Even last year's place kicker, Lawrence Tynes, had a solid debut with the New York Giants. The former Chief nailed all three of his field goal attempts Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, including one from 48 yards.

It's not out of the realm of possibility that Medlock could be placed on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

For more on the new kicker, check out Colquitt's Coffin Corner blog, exclusively at Warpaint Illustrated.com

Chiefs Notes:

WR Bobby Sippio – With the injury to wide receiver Eddie Kennison, who strained his hamstring on the first play against the Texans, the Chiefs at the moment have decided to activate former Arena League star Bobby Sippio to the 53-man roster. It's not known at the moment which player will be jettisoned from the roster. Though there is a report circulating that it could be tight end Michael Allan.

WR Eddie Kennison – The starting wide receiver won't play this week and at the moment it's doubtful he'll be able to play in the home opener a week from Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. He could return for KC's road trip to San Diego.

CB Patrick Surtain – The shoulder injury that sidelined Surtain against the Texans is not serious. He may play this weekend against the Bears.

Bears Notes:

DT Dusty Dvoracek – Chicago's starting defensive tackle was placed on injured reserve after he suffered a ruptured ACL in the Bears' 14-3 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Ironically, his development a year ago was the primary reason the team let defensive tackle Alfonso Boone (who signed with the Chiefs) hit the open market this spring.

FS Mike Brown – The news went from bad to worse for the Chicago Bears on Sunday, because free safety Mike Brown suffered the same exact injury as Dvoracek. He was placed on injured reserved ending his 2007 season.

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