Kansas City Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Kansas City Chiefs.

 --KR/WR Dante Hall has been named the AFC special teams player of the week for his 100-yard kickoff return and 45-yard punt return that set up yet another TD last week in the 41-20 win over Pittsburgh. Hall's 100-yard kickoff return turned the game around completely after the Steelers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the game's first 5 1/2 minutes.
   --RB Priest Holmes will go on Wednesday's first injury report as questionable with sore ribs, Vermeil said Tuesday. Holmes initially injured his ribs and back when vaulting into the end zone for a 3-yard TD plunge in the second quarter. He gained only nine yards on his first nine carries of the second half before breaking loose for a 31-yard direction-changing TD run in which he showed no evidence of the pain he was feeling. Holmes said Monday that he expects to play Sunday
   --CB William Bartee, who has missed the first two games with a sprained ankle, is getting close to returning, though it may not happen this week against Houston. Vermeil said Tuesday that Bartee, the starting right corner, would likely go on Wednesday's first injury report as questionable, an upgrade from the past two weeks.
   --CB Dexter McCleon continues to play well as the starting right CB in place of the injured William Bartee. And while coach Dick Vermeil does not like to see a starter lose his job because of injury, he admitted Tuesday that the Chiefs will have to consider making McCleon their starter even when Bartee is healthy.
   --TE Tony Gonzalez is still running about half a step slow on sore ankles and a sore knee, which has been the biggest factor in him catching only four short passes over KC's first two wins.
   --LB Kawika Mitchell, who missed almost three weeks of training camp with a pulled hamstring, pulled his other ham against Pittsburgh and probably won't play against Houston.
   --DT John Browning, who has joined with second-year player Ryan Sims to give the Chiefs a dominating force in the middle for the first time since the days when Dan Saleaumua was playing, has a toe injury that probably won't keep him out of the Houston game.


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