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Chiefs Injury Report: It's Not Ricky Stanzi Time

The Kansas City City Chiefs have released their first injury report for this weekend’s home game against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

Earlier this week, head coach Romeo Crennel indicated that QB Brady Quinn had a rib injury. When asked if the injury could mean that third-string QB Ricky Stanzi could start, Crennel said it was a “possibility.”

This set off a minor firestorm around “Stanzi Nation.” Ricky has a number of fans from his days at Iowa and there is more than a few Chiefs fans who’d like to see what Stanzi can do in a regular season game.

I find it hard to believe that Crennel would pass over backup Matt Cassel in order to get a look at Stanzi. If there was any hope of Crennel coming back in 2013, I could see him going forward with giving Stanzi a look but as it stands, I think Crennel knows he’s likely doomed and is just trying to win as many games as possible before he rides off into the sunset.Furthermore, Crennel is the second Chiefs head coach in a row, the first being Todd Haley, who has refused to turn to Stanzi when the going got tough. Chances are that means Stanzi has shown so little in practice that Tyler Palko and Brady Quinn/Matt Cassel have been more palatable options for two different head coaches, both with their jobs in jeopardy.

Anyway, today Crennel said that Quinn’s injury was unlikely to keep him from starting Sunday.

The odds that we’ll see Stanzi this season are probably pretty slim. With a new regime likely coming in, one with no ties to Stanzi, the chances that we’ll ever see him in a regular season game for the Chiefs may be dwindling as well.

On to the rest of the injuries. Here’s the damage, courtesy of the KC Star:

Crennel said cornerback Javier Arenas (ankle) may not practice or would be limited today; center Ryan Lilja (back) would not practice; and tight end Tony Moeaki was to be evaluated for a head injury. Wide receiver Jon Baldwin and backup defensive lineman Jerrell Powe were out with the flu, and backup safety Abe Elam (calf) and backup offensive lineman Russ Hochstein (back) were unlikely to practice.

Oof. Not another head injury for Moeaki! He suffered a nasty concussion his rookie year. It would be bad news if he has another. We’ll keep you updated.

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  • chiefridgy

    God I hate Crennel

    • Patrick Allen


  • aelder027

    Why not give Stanzi a shot….. This coaching staff is a joke. My dream coaching staff is gruden hc norv oc rex ryan dc

  • aelder027

    Oh and Bill Polian as GM selecting Geno Smith this year with the #1 pick Or Matt Barkely we have to go qb this yr…..

  • Larry Devore

    Crennel’s an idiot. He’s gone at the end of the season, so why does it matter who starts. Give Stanzi a chance. Doesn’t say much about the Chiefs scouting department either. No wonder they haven’t been to a superbowl since # IV.

  • aelder027

    So true Larry Devore I consider myself to be the biggest chiefs fan outside of Missouri I could only imagine how the locals feel about this disaster of a season.

  • Christian Kloster

    I keep hearing that no one has played Stanzi and that it shows he is not ready. Seriously…are we going to bash pretty much every decision these two (Crennel/Pioli) have made, with good reason, and then in the same breath trust their judgement on Stanzi? I think he’ a diamond in the rough just like Warner…give him a chance.

    • KCMikeG

      Thank you. Haley didn’t play Stanzi as a FU to Pioli. RAC didn’t play him because playing a veteran like Orton gave him him a better chance to win to get the HC job. On top of the poor coaching he has suffered a screwed up offseason/camp during his rookie camp, multiple OC’s with different systems/playbooks and a QB carousel that limited his snaps.
      I went to camp most every day and while he didn’t outplay Cassel or Quinn he didn’t look like Palko either. We need to remember that it is not unusual for a rookie to take 2-3 years to develop. We also need to consider that in camp he had virtually no reps with the starters and was frequently trying to make things happen with camp bodies. The same is true of the preseason plays he got behind a sieve of an OL throwing to guys that were still learning the offense and didn’t even make the team. There is absolutely nothing to lose by letting him play the last two games and if he shows promise – even if it is only as our back up QB then it will make a big difference in how we draft. Even if he is worse what is to be gained by playing Quinn or Cassel? Playing the experienced QB that gives us the “best chance to win” is NOT would NOT benefit us and could cost us our #1 pick?

  • wtfman

    so then as a stanzi fan I have to ask, why is he taking up a roster spot?