The Day After; Kansas City

News and notes on the Kansas City Chiefs.

--RB Priest Holmes fought through a world of pain to rush for a 31-yard fourth quarter touchdown -- the biggest chunk of his 122 rushing yards in the 41-20 win over Pittsburgh. Holmes injured his ribs/back vaulting into the end zone for the first of his three scores, a 3-yard touchdown dive that cut into a 17-7 Pittsburgh lead. Doctors taped his ribs and back, but Holmes continued to play well through the distress. "I've got to learn to land on my feet when I do that," a smiling Holmes said upon finally talking to the press Monday.
   --K Morten Anderson missed his first PAT since early in the 2001 season - the 10th missed PAT of Andersen's 22-year career.
   --LB Kawika Mitchell, the Chiefs' second-round draft pick, may miss Sunday's game in Houston after injuring a hamstring in the win over Pittsburgh. Mitchell has moved into the backup Mike linebacker spot behind starter Mike Maslowski. Monty Beisel now will be the backup.
   --CB William Bartee, who missed the season's first two games with a sprained ankle, appears more likely to play at Houston this week. Dexter McCleon has done a solid job at right corner in Bartee's absence, but coach Dick Vermeil says he expect Bartee to reclaim his starting position when he's fully healthy.
   --DE Eddie Freeman, a second-year player who's been down since dislocating his elbow early in training camp, will be a candidate to play for the first time this week against Houston. Whether he can make the game-day active list remains to be seen.
   --FS Jerome Woods again played the nickel corner (for a second straight week) Sunday. He plays the position well, but the Chiefs would prefer to keep him in centerfield, as opposed to limiting him to covering one receiver, because of his ability to roam the field.
   QUOTE TO NOTE -- "We want to be known as playmakers. It's unlike last year when we didn't get too many turnovers and a lot of guys got a sour taste. But this year guys want to prove we're a different team, and I think we showed that today." -- Safety Jerome Woods, who returned an interception for a second-quarter touchdown and forced and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 41-20 win over Pittsburgh.

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