The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Seattle Seahawks last night and 14 Chiefs players did not appear in the game. That's notable because roster cuts are right around the corner -- 3:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Monday.
Five of those players were ruled out before the game; Nine of them just didn't play; Eight of them should be worried right now.
Did not play for no known reason: QB Alex Tanney, WR Zeke Markshausen, WR Aaron Weaver, DB Jean Fanor, LB Dexter Heyman, OL Rob Bruggeman, OL Cam Holland and OL Justin Cheadle.
I would not be surprised to see any of these eight player's names on the cut down list that's coming. They're all fringe roster guys and didn't play in the third game. The Chiefs decision not to play them could have come because they already knew that player's fate and didn't want to risk a season-ending injury. Maybe a couple of them can stick around. It's not a good sign though that they didn't play in this game.
Did not play for injury reasons: S Kendrick Lewis, CB Brandon Flowers, RB Cyrus Gray, DB De'Quan Menzie and LB Cory Greenwood.
None of those players should be in trouble of getting cut but let's not forget the annual "Mystery IR" player. Every year it seems there is a player put on IR for an injury that A.) we didn't even know they had or B.) that we didn't know was serious.
In 2011, the mystery IR players were Shane Bannon and Gabe Miller.
In 2010, it was Jerheme Urban.
In 2009, it was Colin Brown.
Just something to keep in mind. We shouldn't be surprised to see someone placed on IR when those cuts come out. That does count as one of the Chiefs roster moves as it clears a spot on the active roster.
Ricky Stanzi was the 14th player not to appear in this game. I do not think that signals he is in trouble. I just think the Chiefs wanted to get Brady Quinn, the likely No. 2, as much work as possible.
(Thanks to AP user stagdsp for the help in compiling the "Mystery IR" list.)