The Morning Fix

Based on their observation, the following Chiefs did not play a down: K Todd Carter, WR Steve Breaston, CB Brandon Flowers, RB Tervaris Johnson, FB Mike Cox, FB Le’Ron McClain, S Jon McGraw, LB Derrick Johnson, C Casey Wiegmann, OT Jared Gaither, DE Glenn Dorsey, NT Kelly Gregg, TE Tony Moeaki, LB Tamba Hali and DE Wallace Gilberry.

The following players may have been on the field for one play, possibly two: RB Jamaal Charles and CB Brandon Carr.

In the end then 71 players got playing time against Tampa Bay.

Battle, the Chiefs’ best short-yardage back last year, is easy to overlook in the team’s running backs derby, and he said Friday that the pressure is higher and the margin of error smaller with so many talented backs surrounding him.

“I’m just trying to find my role,” he said. “The offense, it’s different now. We’ve got a bunch of guys in here; a lot of talent. I’m just trying to find my place in there.”

Battle said he’d like a larger slice of the carries pie — he had 20 last year — but he understands there are plenty of hungry teammates to satisfy. He said he’d do whatever the Chiefs ask of him, as long as he has a place on the team.

“I’ll put my hand down and play fullback if they want me to,” he said.

Kansas City Chiefs Coach Todd Haley took the Socratic approach to planning for his team’s preseason opener.

“How are they doing things?” he said. “Do they know what to do? Do they know the way we’re coaching them to do it? How well are they doing it?”

It is a sign of wisdom to admit what you do not know.

The Ravens’ offensive line will be tested again this week against the Kansas City Chiefs when they have to block All-Pro outside linebacker Tamba Hali, one of the most feared pass rushers in the game.

“I think the most improvement always comes between the first and second game, so it’ll be fun to watch,” Harbaugh said. “The Chiefs have a nice pass rusher in Tamba Hali. It’s an odd front. It will be a big challenge. So, it’ll be a good chance to evaluate how fast he’s coming along between last week and this week.”

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