All so he can play limited snaps, with what is at the moment the lowest production of his career.
Hali is a proud man. He doesn't need this. Any of it. The Chiefs star linebacker has more than enough money, and unlike many of his peers, a second career to walk into.
Physically, this is the toughest of his 11 NFL seasons.
Emotionally, he believes it can be still the most rewarding. Someday. In January, then February. If all of this goes right.
"It's bittersweet," he said. "I have to bite the bullet right now. Just because. I love the game. I want to be in there. I want to contribute."
Gaines' return comes as another cornerback, rookie D.J. White, suffered a fractured hand in Sunday's victory over the Saints. White was ruled out, along with running back Jamaal Charles and offensive lineman Jordan Deve
Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz who hasn't missed a snap in his NFL career, a span of 70 games, was listed as questionable on the injury report with an ankle sprain.
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano announced the team will be without six players against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, including guard Jack Mewhort as he has been ruled out of Sunday's game as he continues to deal with a tricep injury.
The Chiefs present a tough challenge, however, and no game will be easy for the Colts this year given the way their defense is playing. To get a better idea of the Colts’ upcoming opponent, however, we asked some questions to Arrowhead Pride’s Joel Thorman, who was kind enough to answer them for us. Our questions are in bold, and then Joel’s answers follow.
"Really, coming off, I thought he had the ball, and when I realized he didn't, it was too late," Fairley said Friday, the first time he's addressed the media since the game.
If there's ever a time for the Colts to finally become a disciplined team, it'll be Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Because unlike Indianapolis, Kansas City doesn't routinely beat its with avoidable penalties or missed defensive assignments. The Colts have been called for the sixth-most penalties (64) in the NFL this season.
Over the last two weeks, Smith has completed 78 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions. When you add in that he’s averaging a completion of 25 yards or more on every 10 passing attempts during these wins, the offense is in a good place right now.
"Dave," Mannelly says, "wanted me to work with a young long snapper, and I got to do that during training camp. Then I realized, during a special teams meeting, ‘This is not what I want to do.’ I’m glad I found out. I’m glad I found out the lifestyle of an NFL coach would not suit me. The question, ‘Should I get into coaching at the pro level?’ is now out of my head, for good.
The NFL teams represented by scouts at the game: Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been sacked 25 times this season, three more than any other passer in the NFL. But not one of those sacks has been given up by Indianapolis rookie center Ryan Kelly. "I can't say that enough -- what a great job he has done," Indianapolis offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski told the Colts' official web site. "There are a lot of things that you want to clean up as a coach, but if you look at the big picture, I think he has come in and done everything that we would ask him to do."
No stone is left unturned in the world of football scouting. Not only do teams file in for marquee matchups like Clemson-Florida State, but three NFL teams are attending Saturday’s Connecticut-East Carolina game as well. Those teams are the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bradley is staying the course, much like his ownership, and will hope to make something happen over the next several weeks. The team has extra time to prepare for its next game - on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9 - and that could help provide a spark for a season is currently down in the dumps.
Cleveland has announced as recently as August that it has no plans to change the team name. Neither do the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Redskins, the Kansas City Chiefs, or the Chicago Blackhawks. Three of these five professional sports teams named after words identified with Native Americans (or, in Chicago’s case, a specific person), have "Indian head" logos. The other two, Kansas City and Atlanta, have logos of Native American weapons, and formerly had logos with depictions of Native Americans on them.