"I don’t know that," Reid said. He indicated the All-Pro running back remained under the care of orthopedic surgeon James Andrews at his clinic in Birmingham, Ala. "They’re working on getting the swelling out of his knees, or out of his one knee in particular," Reid said. "We’ll see how all of this works down the road."
"It was one of those days man, it was just flat, for whatever reason we were doing things we don’t normally do. It sucks that it had to be that day, you always wish it could be another day, probably earlier in the season. Some days you’re going to have one, it’s okay to have a day like that every now and then, it just reminds us that we’re all human. We need to bounce back and I know that we will."
"The angel in the outfield," Del Rio said Monday at his weekly news conference, his first time speaking since postgame after the Raiders’ 21-13 loss on Thursday in Kansas City. "I mean, it moved. You know?," Del Rio said. "I don’t know if it hit a wire or an angel in the outfield moved it, a gust of wind. I don’t know. It moved."
The NFL has advised the Chiefs to prepare for the playoffs by selling postseason tickets for a potential AFC Wild Card or Divisional round game. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Dec. 23 and can be bought online at Chiefs.com.
It could start with the Chiefs hanging on to the ball a little longer. The Raiders ran 75 plays to the Chiefs’ 55 and the Falcons’ 73 to the Chiefs’ 49. "We have to do a better job at sustaining drives," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "If you’re scoring a ton of points and doing it quickly you don’t mind it."
"I think (opponents) know Spencer now, so they know about him, and you saw (against the Raiders on Thursday night) they were playing those two safeties down the box, and that’s how we got Tyreek (Hill) up and over the top," Reid said. "They want to cheat those guys and play that Cover-4 look, and it gives you the opportunity to chuck it down the field."
The Chiefs don't lack for players who bring the kind of athleticism that Johnson possessed. The problem is experience. Ramik Wilson has been a nice surprise starting alongside Johnson (he's had 50 tackles and an interception in eight starts), while D.J. Alexander (who replaced Johnson against Oakland) has primarily been a special teams contributor. Both are in their second year, while another special teams ace, outside linebacker Frank Zombo, might also be asked to take some snaps inside. The Chiefs will find out real fast what kind of potential these options can offer them in the long run. The Tennessee Titans are next on the schedule, and their rushing offense has ranked in the top five all season.
The message from Del Rio: enough is enough. "I’ve allowed him to have his freedom," Del Rio said. "I want him to express himself. I think that’s when he’s at his best. But we can’t have routine 15-yard penalties out of our punter. We’ve got two in a row, two weeks in a row, and that’s got to come to a stop."
Elrod played three years in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and one with the Houston Oilers.