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“Luckily, when he got the transplant, we had a scrimmage at the University of Illinois-Chicago, 10 minutes from the hospital where he was,” Asamoah said. “I was able to go from the scrimmage the day after he had the transplant and stay with him.”

Solitary as they are on National Football League rosters – one per team – punters can be a pretty tight bunch. And when one of them has one of those games – the kind Scifres has been having on an astonishingly frequent basis this Chargers season – thunderfoots like Shane Lechler of the Oakland Raiders and Dustin Colquitt of the Kansas City Chiefs will put aside AFC West rivalry and dial up Scifres out of fellowship.

Their usual message for Scifres?

“ ‘Better you than me,’ “ said Scifres with a wry laugh. “But in a joking way.”

The Chiefs dropped a whopping 18.7 percent. Losses within the division are always costly, but in the Chiefs’ case it was the way they lost. When your defense is demolished the way it was in Denver, it does not bode well for your chances in a rematch with the Chargers in San Diego.

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