--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.
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
-- 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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