"I'll tell you what it wasn't: It wasn't anything political. Nothing to do with the presidential election. For me, just everything to do with tolerance, understanding," Smith explained before heading out to practice.
"Something I found out about at my kids' school where they were teaching about diversity and tolerance, and I don't know why. Just felt like it was pertinent at the time."
"In those situations, you have to go," Reid said. "Family is number one. This (football) is important in our lives, but not like that. He left right away."
As for the Kansas City Chiefs, they have a massive list of injuries. Pass-rusher Tamba Hali was out with a knee injury, which may be the team’s most significant injury. Defensive end Jaye Howard, linebacker Derrick Johnson, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, cornerback Marcus Peters and defensive tackle Dontari Poe were all held out as well. It’s not clear which of those injuries is serious and which players are being held out as a precaution, though.
New additions to the injury list include cornerback Marcus Peters and defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Peters briefly left Sunday’s game against Carolina with a hip pointer, while Poe tweaked his knee during the game, according to coach Andy Reid. "He’s got a little bit of swelling on there, but he’s really doing pretty good," Reid said. "We’ll just back off him today and he won’t practice."
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Winchester, who like his father played college football at Oklahoma, has returned to the state to be with his family. Reid says he's not sure if Winchester will be back for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt says he spoke to Winchester, who told him: "Obviously this is a tough time for my family, but I appreciate the thoughts and prayers."
Protecting the football will be paramount this week. Kansas City's secondary leads league with 13 picks. DB Marcus Peters is tied for most picks with five interceptions. LB Dee Ford is co-leader of the NFL with 10 sacks. "The tape on these guys, especially their red zone tape, wow," said Bucs Head Coach Dirk Koetter. "Inside the 20 they really close it down on you. Their very aggressive with their hands." Tampa Bay will try to get back to .500 in one of the NFL's toughest locations. Arrowhead's atmosphere is hostile. It rivals Seattle's CenturyLink Field for loudest in NFL. Communication needs to be on point. The Bucs have cranked up the crowd noise at One Buc to try and help prepare the team.
They are now ranked No. 26 in offensive yards at 332.8 yards per game. The Chiefs have 16 offensive touchdowns, ranking them No. 27 in the league. And, there are those pesky third down and red zone problems that were very visible in the 20-17 victory over Carolina last Sunday.
Against the Panthers, Reid’s defense had four starters that were 23 or younger: defensive ends Chris Jones (22) and Rakeem Nunez-Roches (23) and cornerbacks Marcus Peters (23) and Steven Nelson (23). Those NFL babies made another starter, third-year outside linebacker Dee Ford (25) seem ancient.
"It's important that you believe you can do that (force turnovers) and you practice it," said Chiefs coach Andy Reid. "It probably goes just the same in reverse. You practice it, you do well in practice and then you go into a game and if you have some success with it you can build on it. The guys practice it. The coaches harp on it and the players take a lot of pride in it."