Thursday night Chiefs

Thursday evening update on the Kansas City.

--CB William Bartee probably won't play Sunday for a second straight week as he continues to be hampered by a sprained ankle. Dexter McCleon is expected to start in Bartee's for a second straight week.
   --FS Jerome Woods lined up as the third corner in nickel situations and was replaced by Shaunard Harts at his free safety spot against San Diego. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs attempt the same thing against a powerful Pittsburgh offense which features a dangerous slot receiver in Antwaan Randle El. The team signed veteran corner Corey Harris this week and could use him or rookie third-round pick Julian Battle as the third corner Sunday.
   --TE Tony Gonzalez played on a sore knee against San Diego and caught two passes for 18 yards but came out of the game with a sprained ankle. Gonzalez did not practice Wednesday but did limited work Thursday and is expected to play.
   --RB and first round-pick Larry Johnson did not suit up for the season opener and may be inactive again against Pittsburgh. Derrick Blaylock is the main backup to Priest Holmes, thus making Johnson an expensive luxury. Coach Dick Vermeil insists however, that Johnson's inactivity should not be taken as a sign that he's fallen out of favor with the coaching staff. "Larry doesn't have to prove the he can play," Vermeil said. "We know that he can play. It's just that with the 46-man roster rule, it really limits us as too how many guys we can suit up at a specific position."
  -- FB Tony Richardson played with a cast protecting his hand in the opener but had the cast removed this week and should play a larger role in the offense. Richardson's availability is crucial because he's a veteran who can be trusted to understand and handle the unique pass protection problems created by Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense.

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