Good morning. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news.
The Chiefs expect to have starting free safety Kendrick Lewis back in their lineup at some point this season. Coach Romeo Crennel said Sunday that Lewis, who injured his shoulder in Saturday night's preseason loss to the Rams in St. Louis, doesn't need surgery and was not a candidate to go on the injured-reserve list, a move that would end his season.
But the Chiefs won't know when Lewis can play for them until he begins his rehab.
Lewis was clearly frustrated with the injury, spiking his helmet into the sideline turf at the Edward Jones Dome after leaving the field. He had surgery in the offseason to repair a torn pectoral, which ultimately limited him during the Chiefs' offseason program.
"He injured the same shoulder before," Crennel said, "(but) it's a different injury."
While a tough break, it's also a manageable one: The Chiefs signed safety Abram Elam, a veteran of six NFL seasons, to serve as an understudy. But when you combine Lewis with the mysterious status of starting cornerback Brandon Flowers, that's where our script starts to turn a little bit - well, dark.
"After looking at things, not much really changed overnight," Crennel said. "Some of the critical issues are still there. We turned the ball over; we couldn't stop them on defense. We had a couple of penalties at crucial times and I think that was the outcome of the game. I think the Rams, playing their first game at home, probably had more energy overall than our team had and I think they showed up on the field as well.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who ended his holdout by signing the team's franchise tender Friday, is busy completing the three-day acclimation period mandated by the league's collective bargaining agreement. Under the CBA, a player is prohibited from wearing pads or participating in contact drills until a three-day "acclimation period" is complete.
Bowe finished two of those three days over the weekend, going through a strength and conditioning session following his signing Friday and attending team meetings Saturday.
Bowe will be hard-pressed to get back into game shape after missing the entire offseason and first three weeks of camp with Kansas City. The time for him to practice will be shortened even further due to a three-day acclimation period he must go through under the new CBA. He can only take part in meetings and walk-throughs, though Friday's tests served as the first day of the acclimation period.
Bowe will have just two practices and Thursday's light workouts to prepare him for Seattle if he is going to play.
RAMS WIN! RAMS WIN!! The first victory of the new era is officially in the books. Six days after compiling 215 total yards and a field goal, the St. Louis Rams amassed 151 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first quarter. The "vanilla" offensive approach instantly became sweet when the first two plays traveled 53 yards. Two plays later, Sam Bradford and Lance Kendricks connected for an easy first score. Bradford led the charge in both of his two possessions.
So those were the players that stood out to me. Of course, there were players that stood out in a negative way -Barry Richardson - but why be a Debbie Downer after a win. Is there anybody I missed? Is there someone you don't agree with?
"That was my fault," Stanzi said of the interception. "I threw it into some tight coverage. It makes it tough for the receiver. I could have gone somewhere else with the ball on that one. ... I've to get rid of the ball. You can't put that kind of pressure on the offensive line to hold up for that amount of time. I've got to be able to get the ball out of my hands and move the chains."