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News » Kansas City Chiefs Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-29


Kansas City Chiefs Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-29


Kansas City Chiefs Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-29
Two players -- a starter and Kansas City's best nickel back candidate -- had setbacks Thursday that could affect their ability to play this week against Oakland.


Starting defensive end Tamba Hali did not work Thursday because of an ankle injury, and coach Herm Edwards seemed dubious about his availability for the Raiders game. Also, nickel back Patrick Surtain, who engaged in a full workout Wednesday while recovering from a quad injury that limited him to just five games this year, did not practice Thursday after taking a full load of practice snaps in Wednesday's session.

There was some better news on Thursday.

Defensive end Alfonso Boone, a key versatile player who has filled holes at end and tackle, returned to at least a limited workout Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout with a back injury.

"We'll have 11," Edwards said of his defense against Oakland, which gashed the Chiefs for 300 rushing yards in their Week 2 win in Kansas City. "We don't know what 11, but we'll have 11."

PLAYER NOTES

--TE Tony Gonzalez, in 22 career games against Oakland, has caught 102 passes for 1,363 yards (a 13.6-yard average) with eight TDs and three 100-yard games. He is coming off the 25th 100-yard game of his career, most among all tight ends in league history, against Buffalo last week.

--QB Tyler Thigpen, in what was the most extensive action of his NFL career at the time in Week 2 against Oakland, completed 14 of 33 passes for 151 yards and with one touchdown, one pick and three sacks back on Sept.14 when he backed up injured starter Damon Huard. A week later, he made his first career start against Atlanta.

GAME PLAN: Defensively, the Chiefs need to load up the box to try to limit the Raiders running game and make JaMarcus Russell try to beat them with the pass. It's that simple. They'll take their chances with Russell, but they've seen how effective the Raiders can be when they're running effectively.

Offensively, the Chiefs have to try to establish the run, something they haven't done in the last several games with Thigpen running a quasi-spread offense, against the league's No. 29 rush defense. If the KC defense can keep the Oakland score in the low 20s, the Chiefs have a chance to outpoint them and steal one here.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Raiders RBs vs. Chiefs eight-in-the-box. In the first meeting, rookie Darren McFadden rushed for 164 yards, while Michael Bush added 90 and Justin Fargas 43. If Oakland runs that effectively again, the Chiefs are in a world of hurt.

INJURY REPORT:

-- DT Tank Tyler did a limited workout Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout with a hip injury. His status for Oakland remains questionable.

-- WR Mark Bradley, who has become Kansas City's No. 2 receiver in just five weeks with the club, remains doubtful for Oakland after missing a second workout Thursday with a calf injury.

-- LB Weston Dacus, a key reserve and special teams player, looks doubtful for Oakland after missing a second straight practice Thursday with a knee injury.

-- LB Pat Thomas, the Chiefs' starting MLB, appears ready to return to action this week against Oakland after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury. He participated in his second full workout Thursday.

-- DT Ron Edwards continues to get added playing time in light of injuries up and down the Chiefs' defensive line. Edwards, a starter in his first two seasons in Kansas City, remains a key reserve who should see a lot of playing time this week with young starters Tank Tyler and Tamba Hali ailing.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 29, 2008

Kevin McMahan Name: Kevin McMahan
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