The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday that the club has placed tight end Kevin Boss on injured reserve and signed linebacker Bryan Kehl.
Boss (6-6, 255) has seen action in 74 games (58 starts) in six NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2012), Oakland Raiders (2011) and New York Giants (2007-10). He has recorded 150 receptions for 2,033 yards (13.6 avg.) with 22 touchdowns. He has played in five postseason games, all with the Giants, including a victory in Super Bowl XLII. In the postseason, he owns eight receptions for 142 yards (17.8 avg.).
As they do every Tuesday, the Chiefs Community Caring Team was out and about. This first Tuesday of October found the Chiefs players and staff members visiting the Children’s Place in Kansas City; a non-profit agency that supports young survivors of abuse, neglect and other trauma.
“We serve children in our community under the age of eight who have come out of homes where they have been abused either physically or sexually, or neglected either by a biological parent or other adult care giver,” Roxane Hill, Vice President of Development, explained.
“A lot of the times, the kids that we have here haven’t had opportunity to interact one-in-one with an adult or have a lot of outside fun activities so it’s been nice to have that change of pace for them today,” Hill said.
Kansas City’s awfulness is all the more impressive considering how difficult it was to make the playoffs back when Washington and Pittsburgh rose to the top of the stinkers list. Only two teams advanced to the postseason in the NFL before 1967 and in MLB until 1969. Now, 10 teams make the baseball playoffs and 12 teams qualify for the NFL postseason.
Just behind Kansas City is a town that in the days ahead could remove itself from the list of shame. Cincinnati, devoid of any professional football or baseball playoff victories since the Reds won several postseason games in 1995, enters the MLB postseason as the National League Central division champions.
MV: The Chiefs have chucked more than 40 passes per game this season and the Ravens, who rank near the bottom of the league in pass defense, have been thrown against more than 40 times a game. Do you expect the Chiefs, despite Cassel’s struggles, to try to attack the Ravens mostly through the air Sunday?
AT: Not if they’re smart. The Chiefs haven’t led in a game all season, even the game they won. They were behind against the Saints all game and tied it with three seconds left before winning in OT. So the Chiefs haven’t been able to play any portion of any game on their terms and call the plays they’d like to call. But if they fall hopelessly behind early as they have in all four of their games, they won’t have any choice.
Rice wouldn’t say, but said that the player in question got under his skin with some of his tactics during that game.
“I usually don’t let anybody get to me, but that one guy was playing very dirty,” Rice said. “He was twisting ankles under the pile, spitting, and doing some things. But he’s no longer on the team, and like I said, talking is usually not part of my game. The talking is usually out of good nature. I tell a guy, ‘Good play.’ I have no problem giving respect when respect is due.”
Hali said he doesn’t mind Rice’s gift of gab, but said that he and his teammates could use Rice’s words as motivation.
“He’s carrying the ball, and he definitely makes a difference during the game,” Hali said. “So if he’s going to talk, that’s going to bring the best out of the guys on the field.”