INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 9: Jackie Battle #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs breaks free from Jerry Huges #92 of the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of play at Lucas Oil Field on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
"I'm fine," Battle added. "Just a little dinged up, nothing major."
Battle was injured on his final carry of Sunday's 28-24 win while lowering his head in an attempt to gain extra yardage for a game-clinching first down.
"I'm still learning," Battle said. "That was my first time carrying the load and I saw a guy stumbling and I tried to get down lower than him. Then another guy hit me in the back of the head."
Wide receiver Jerheme Urban already has been inactive the last three weeks, and Haley indicated it won't necessarily be a receiver who sits if Baldwin does play.
But there is less concern in the locker room about a corresponding move than there is anticipation to see Baldwin's moves.
"I'm not worried about my role," Colbert said. "I'm more excited about what it will do for our offense and for our team. You always want to have as many talented guys as you can, because that only makes you a better team."
"Dwayne Bowe averaged 10 yards after the catch on seven catches, so seven times ten, that's 70 yards," Haley said. "Three weeks ago, he had five catches for zero run after catch. Yards equal points and I think there's never been more evidence of that than [Sunday].
"Really, the last three weeks I think it's been a great study for us here going forward."
After the first two games of this 2011 season, that Asamoah would be associated with Shields in any manner would have been unthinkable, if not laughable. In the big early losses to Buffalo and Detroit, Asamoah struggled blocking for the run and with pass protection. Just as Shields name was announced as part of the list of candidates for 2012 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Asamoah appeared overmatched in the starting lineup.
Then, things began to change.
The Chiefs veterans who sat out Tuesday's light bye-week practice weren't thrust into the role of coach as they were last season, but that doesn't mean the players were mere bystanders.
"I didn't go with the formal coaches this year, but some of the more veteran guys who won't be doing a ton have been asked to participate and work along with the young guys," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said.
The door's been open for Steve Breaston as soon as he arrived in Kansas City. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, a franchise that hasn't had two good receivers on its roster at the same time since Marty Schottenheimer. For a player like Breaston, a guy coming off a serious surgery that really wasn't that long ago, and a reputation for simply being a third option, there was nothing but a neon sign flashing "OPPORTUNITY" here for him in Kansas City.