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“The Reality Check” Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 16 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week 32)

When you watch the documentary about the 2013 Jags, the highlight will be halftime of last week’s game.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31)

Does the MRSA outbreak even end up in the Top 5 worst things to happen to them this season?

30. New York Giants (30)

They’re on Monday Night Football because ESPN is dying for you to find out what “The Blacklist” is all about.

29. Minnesota Vikings (27)

Oh-also they really wanted you to see an episode of The Voice, too.

28. Oakland Raiders (26)

They beat the Chargers?

27. Washington Redskins (23)

But their Special Teams Unit is number 6.798,544,213.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (29)

Please tell me this wasn’t the start of them becoming the Steelers again.

25. Carolina Panthers (28)

There’s no in between with them, is there?

24. Atlanta Falcons (24)

Please Harry Douglas. Please Harry Douglas. Please Harry Douglas. Love, former Julio Jones fantasy owner.

23. Buffalo Bills (22)

Matt Flynn will definitely throw for 400 yards at some point this season, right?

22. Houston Texans (21)

They actually can’t get worse, can they?

21. St. Louis Rams (25)

So wait, is Zac Stacy a thing?

20. New York Jets (19)

It would be SOOO Jets for them to beat New England Sunday.

19. Tennessee Titans (18)

Jake Locker’s injury will be an undernoticed major storyline to the season when it’s over.

18. Philadelphia Eagles (20)

Nick Foles definitely starts every game the rest of the way, no?

17. Arizona Cardinals (15)

The good news is that Seattle doesn’t have a Vernon Davis.

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Former Terp McMillen to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted on 02 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Former Maryland star to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY – Former Maryland star Tom McMillen headlines a list of seven inductees selected for enshrinement in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2013.

 

Joining McMillen are 1977 national consensus player of the year Marques Johnson of UCLA and coaching legends Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino. Bob Hopkins of Grambling and contributors George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of FIBA round out the class. In addition, the barrier-breaking 1963 Loyola University (Chicago) team will become the first team inducted.

 

McMillen led Maryland to a 73-17 record in the early 1970s. He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds for his career. He was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference player twice and was the most valuable player of the 1972 National Invitation Tournament championship game – a 100-69 victory over Niagara.

 

A 6’ 11” power forward/center, McMillen was a member of the 1972 United States Olympic team that won a silver medal after a controversial finish in the gold-medal game against Russia. He went on to be a Rhodes Scholar and served as a U.S. Congressman from 1987-93.

 

“We’re thrilled for Tom to receive this much deserved honor,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Tom set the standard for what it meant to be great at Maryland and we’re so happy that he is being honored by the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.”

 

“We talk a lot to our team about tradition and pride and what it means to play basketball at Maryland,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “Tom helped establish those high standards. Before we made it to New York for the NIT semifinals, I told our guys about some of the great players that have graced Madison Square Garden – Tom is one of those players. He helped lead Maryland to the 1972 NIT title and is one of the all-time greats.”

 

The Founding Class members of 2013 will be announced at a later date. Founding Class members were automatically included in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and are gradually being inducted at the official event in Kansas City each year.

 

The Class of 2013 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, November 24, 2013, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. The hall of fame is located in the College Basketball Experience, a world-class entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans of the game. The College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic will take place November 25-26 at Sprint Center. The four host teams will be announced April 15 and tickets go on sale the following day.

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 5

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 5

Posted on 09 October 2012 by Luke Jones

Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2012 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can hear our explanations HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Haloti Ngata
Ngata

6) Sam Koch
Koch

5) Bernard Pollard
Pollard

4) Cary Williams
Williams

3) Paul Kruger
Kruger

2) Justin Tucker
Tucker

1) Ray Rice
Rice

Drew Forrester’s Top 7

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Chiefs

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Chiefs

Posted on 09 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Dustin Colquitt 34 yard punt from Baltimore 43 (2nd quarter)

4. Cary Williams intercepts Matt Cassel at Baltimore 22 (3rd quarter)

3. Brady Quinn TD pass to Dwayne Bowe nullified by Dexter McCluster offensive pass interference (4th quarter)

2. Joe Flacco 16 yard run on 3rd & 15 (4th quarter)

1. Matt Cassel aborted. Ryan Lilja fumble recovered by Ed Reed, returned 13 yards to KC 12 (3rd quarter)

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Ed Reed: “I knew Cassel was on QB sneak at goal line”

Posted on 07 October 2012 by WNSTV

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Our Ravens/Chiefs “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Chiefs “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 07 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Dennis Pitta

4. Paul Kruger

3. Justin Tucker

2. Cary Williams

1. Ray Rice (Pat on Both Cheeks)


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Ravens near full strength for road test against Chiefs

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Ravens near full strength for road test against Chiefs

Posted on 05 October 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Having 10 days between their fourth and fifth games of the season, the Ravens continue to find themselves very fortunate in the injury department as their entire 53-man roster practiced again on Friday.

Making final preparations for the Kansas City Chiefs, offensive lineman Jah Reid was the only player limited and was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game on the final injury report of the week.

The favorable report continues an excellent trend for the Ravens through the first five weeks of the regular season. Aside from Reid — who continues to work his way back from a calf injury originally suffered in the team’s mandatory minicamp in June — the only player to miss a game due to injury was linebacker Paul Kruger, who sat out Baltimore’s Week 2 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“What we have to focus on is the things that we can control and I think our guys do a good job of taking care of themselves,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We have a strong team, physically. Obviously, [head trainer Mark Smith] and [strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki] do a great job, but the focus [is] on how we play right now. That’s what we think about and that’s how we’re spending our time.”

The only other player listed on the Ravens’ injury report all week was wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is dealing with a mild ankle sprain suffered in the Week 4 win over Cleveland. However, the second-year wideout has been a full participant all week in practices and will play on Sunday.

Conversely, Kansas City dealt with a plethora of injuries all week and has already ruled out starting defensive end Glenn Dorsey, running back Peyton Hillis, and wide receiver Devon Wylie.

Two other defensive starters, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and free safety Derrick Lewis, are listed as questionable.

Here’s the final injury report for the week:

BALTIMORE
QUESTIONABLE: OL Jah Reid (calf)
PROBABLE: WR Torrey Smith (ankle)

KANSAS CITY
OUT: DE Glenn Dorsey (calf), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle), WR Devon Wylie (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: CB Jalil Brown (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Derrick Johnson (groin), S Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), DE Ropati Pitoitua (elbow)
PROBABLE: WR Jon Baldwin (hamstring), CB Brandon Flowers (heel), G Ryan Lilja (back)

Offensive line keeping tabs on Hali

Looking to rebound from a rough performance against the Browns, the Baltimore offensive line is cognizant of Kansas City’s pass-rushing duo of outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

While Houston is still developing in his second NFL season, Hali is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and has accumulated 54 1/2 sacks in his seven-year career. The Ravens will pay close attention to where he lines up before the snap as head coach Romeo Crennel likes to find various matchups in which Hali can thrive.

“Obviously, that guy’s a hell of a player,” guard Marshal Yanda said. “They want to get mismatches on him so they’re going to move him around a little bit. We’ve seen him inside, they’ll put him on the guards too, right tackle and left tackle. They’re going to move him around as much as they can because the guy is who he is.”

With cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Stanford Routt using press coverage, the Chiefs will rely on the two outside linebackers to force pressure on quarterback Joe Flacco as the Ravens wide receivers try to gain separation off the line of scrimmage.

“That front seven is outstanding,” offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. “Those defenses, historically, have fed off the crowd. I know they’ve gotten behind in a couple of their home games so far, but when the game is tight, that defense feeds off the crowd.”

Odds & ends

The Chiefs have not enjoyed a lead during a game all season. Their only win came in Week 3 when kicker Ryan Succop booted a game-winning field goal in overtime over the New Orleans Saints. … Chiefs feature back Jamaal Charles and Baltimore running back Ray Rice rank first and second in the NFL in yards from scrimmage through the season’s first four weeks. … Baltimore has a league-leading eight touchdown drives of 80-or-more yards this season, including two of 90-or-more yards. … The Chiefs have three players who formerly played in Baltimore, wide receiver Terrance Copper, linebacker Edgar Jones, and center Bryan Mattison. Ravens safety Bernard Pollard was selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2006 draft and spent three seasons in Kansas City. … Pete Morelli will be the official for Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. … Sunday’s forecast in Kansas City calls for temperatures in the mid to upper 50s and clear skies.

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Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Week 5

Posted on 05 October 2012 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as Drew Forrester and Luke Jones will pick every NFL game as well as local college football contests this season. And as a special treat, they pick their respective high schools’ games.

Drew Forrester finished 12-3 last week while Luke Jones was 11-4 in Week 4. Forrester is 38-24 overall and Jones is 41-21 after four weeks of play. Official standings are only kept based on the NFL picks.

(Editor’s note: Drew picked a 27-20 Rams victory on Thursday night while Luke incorrectly chose an Arizona 20-17 win.)

To hear their full explanations, click HERE.

Orioles at Rangers (AL Wild Card play-in game): Texas 8-5 (Drew), Baltimore 5-4 (Luke)
Ravens at Chiefs:
Baltimore 34-13 (Drew), Baltimore 24-14 (Luke)
Falcons at Redskins:
Atlanta 31-17 (Drew), Atlanta 27-20 (Luke)
Eagles at Steelers:
Pittsburgh 20-17 OT (Drew), Pittsburgh 24-20 (Luke)
Packers at Colts:
Green Bay 30-19 (Drew), Green Bay 27-16 (Luke)
Browns at Giants:
New York 33-17 (Drew), New York 31-14 (Luke)
Titans at Vikings:
Tennessee 28-21 (Drew), Minnesota 27-21 (Luke)
Dolphins at Bengals:
Miami 23-20 (Drew), Cincinnati 27-17 (Luke)
Seahawks at Panthers:
Carolina 28-24 (Drew), Carolina 24-17 (Luke)
Bears at Jaguars:
Chicago 24-13 (Drew), Chicago 21-16 (Luke)
Broncos at Patriots:
New England 34-24 (Drew), New England 28-20 (Luke)
Bills at 49ers:
San Francisco 31-7 (Drew), San Francisco 25-13 (Luke)
Chargers at Saints:
New Orleans 33-17 (Drew), New Orleans 31-27 (Luke)
Texans at Jets:
New York 24-20 (Drew), Houston 20-13 (Luke)
Wake Forest at Maryland:
Terps 21-19 (Drew), Terps 20-14 (Luke)
Towson at James Madison:
Tigers 28-25 (Drew), Tigers 24-21 (Luke)
Navy at Air Force:
Falcons 38-10 (Drew), Falcons 27-13 (Luke)
Morgan State at Savannah State:
Bears 28-12 (Drew), Bears 21-10 (Luke)
Glen Burnie at Chesapeake:
Gophers 23-18 (Drew), Cougars 21-20 (Luke)
Susquehannock at West York:
Bulldogs 41-8 (Drew), Warriors 14-13 (Luke)

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Ravens passing attack preparing for physical Chiefs secondary

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Ravens passing attack preparing for physical Chiefs secondary

Posted on 04 October 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Seeing the Ravens among the top offensive teams in the NFL is enough to make you blink twice after years of riding the coattail of the defense, but it represents a changing of the guard in Baltimore.

Through the first four games of the season, the Ravens rank second in total offense and fifth in points per game while their defense has slipped to 23rd overall in yards allowed this season. Much of the offensive improvement falls on the shoulders of fifth-year quarterback Joe Flacco, who is on pace for his first 5,000-yard season when he has yet to even throw for 4,000 in a season.

However, Flacco would be the first to tell you his expanded set of weapons in the passing game has helped him immensely as the addition of the speedy Jacoby Jones and the improvement of 2011 second-round pick Torrey Smith have led to a more dynamic passing game, which ranks fourth in the league in yardage. Baltimore leads the league with 26 plays of 20-or-more yards this season, with 24 coming through the air.

“[Defenses] definitely have to decide how to play us,” Flacco said. “They’ve tried to take those guys away, and sometimes they’ve left them one-on-one out there. In either situation, I think we’ve done a good job of running routes underneath and winning underneath.”

The one week in which the Baltimore receivers seemed to be outmatched came against the Philadelphia Eagles as cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played press coverage with a single deep safety for much of the afternoon. Ravens wideouts were held to just six catches for 85 yards, with Jones catching a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Flacco attempted 42 passes against the Eagles but only targeted wide receivers 12 times as he instead looked at tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson and running back Ray Rice. He averaged only 5.5 yards per attempt in the Ravens’ 24-23 loss.

Possessing the league’s 13th-ranked pass defense, the Kansas City Chiefs will employ a similar defensive style with their 3-4 alignment as opposed to the Eagles’ 4-3 scheme.

“They are playing bump-and-run Cover 1, a lot of single-high coverage,” offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. “They feel good about their inside linebackers’ ability to cover. They like their ability to get edge pressure to help their secondary. So, I like the way they’re aggressive. Most teams that can play bump-and-run man-to-man play Cover 1, they can give you some problems.”

Comparatively speaking, cornerback Brandon Flowers brings a physical presence similar to Rodgers-Cromartie while Stanford Routt is more of a speed coverage back like Asomugha. Neither is as talented as the tandem in Philadelphia, but the Chiefs also have one of the best young safeties in the league in Eric Berry to offer assistance in coverage.

Going back through the last few seasons, receivers have struggled to beat press coverage and gain separation against more physical defensive backs and it’s a strategy the Ravens will once again encounter in Kansas City. If Flacco cannot find open targets, he will face heat from outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston coming around the edges.

The Kansas City defense showed its potential last season in handing the 13-0 Packers their only loss of the regular season as they sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times and held him to only 235 yards passing on 35 attempts while holding their talented wide receivers in check.

“You better be able to run through those seven yards, get yourself free, get yourself clean, get some separation so Joe can get the ball out,” Cameron said. “These guys do an outstanding job rushing the passer. You saw last year when Green Bay went in there undefeated and they got a ton of pressure on Rodgers. The combination of their coverage and their pressure is the toughest part.”

Pollard not feeling sentimental

Strong safety Bernard Pollard began his NFL career in Kansas City where he was a second-round selection in the 2006 draft.

Playing for then-coach Herman Edwards, Pollard spent three seasons with the Chiefs and amassed 189 tackles, three interceptions, and one sack in his time there. However, the seventh-year safety says he doesn’t view the game with any special significance.

“It’s not about me. A lot of guys on this team have been on other teams,” Pollard said. “It’s not about that individual. It’s about us as a team going into a hostile environment and getting a win.”

However, Pollard went on to discuss how many of his former teammates remain in Kansas City, including running back Jamaal Charles as the two spent the 2008 season together before Pollard wound up in Houston a year later. That year, Charles was a rookie from the University of Texas.

The Baltimore defensive player credited his former teammates for hanging tough in Kansas City after a rough start to the 2011 season that included season-ending injuries to Charles and Berry and the dismissal of head coach Todd Haley. Pollard is anxious to face the talented Charles, who ranks second in the NFL with 415 rushing yards.

“It’s going to be fun being able to see him,” Pollard said. “Just to see him become the player that he is. When they drafted him in the third round, just to see him now, the guy is a very talented player. That’s what Herm wanted. You look at a lot of players that they have, Herm drafted a lot of those men that are key athletes on their team.”

Injury report

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Ravens’ eyes wide open over potential of turnover-laden Chiefs

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Ravens’ eyes wide open over potential of turnover-laden Chiefs

Posted on 03 October 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the Ravens prepare to travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs Sunday, they don’t see a 1-3 team fighting for its life in the AFC West.

Instead, they remember the team from two seasons ago that gave Baltimore everything it could handle in the first half of play before an injury to running back Jamaal Charles crippled the Chiefs and led to a 30-7 win in the Wild Card round of the 2010 playoffs. New head coach Romeo Crennel has replaced Todd Haley since then, but many of the players from that division-winning squad remain in Kansas City.

“Not a lot has changed with the personnel there, so we know what they are capable of,” running back Ray Rice said. “That’s a very dangerous team with a lot of weapons. Like I said, I never really get into a team’s record. I go into every game just preparing for the opponent.”

On the surface, the comments sound polite and standard when a good team is playing an inferior opponent, but the Ravens have made it clear they’re not taking a road trip to Kansas City lightly. In addition to Arrowhead Stadium being one of the more challenging venues in the NFL in which to play, the Chiefs have the league’s fourth-ranked offense and the second-best rushing attack in the league.

Charles is second in the NFL with 415 rushing yards after missing most of the 2011 season with an ACL injury and is known as a dangerous runner in open space. The Chiefs complement his speed with power backs Peyton Hillis and Shaun Draughn.

Kansas City also has the 17th-ranked passing game with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe ranked fourth in the AFC with a team-high 342 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

The Chiefs do not rank as favorably defensively — sitting 13th overall in yards allowed and 31st in points allowed per game — but still possess talent in pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston as well as talented young safety Eric Berry.

So, why exactly have they dropped three of their first four games?

“They’re a very talented football team,” Harbaugh said. “When you look at the statistics, they’re way out in front in every statistical category except one — and that’s turnovers. And they know that. So, I’m sure they feel like if they can get that part of it cleaned up, they’ve got a great chance of winning football games.”

Kansas City sports the NFL’s worst turnover ratio at minus-13 with the next-worst team sitting at only minus-7 (Dallas). Quarterback Matt Cassel has been the main culprit in the turnover department, throwing seven interceptions and losing three fumbles to account for 10 of the Chiefs’ 15 turnovers through four games.

The Baltimore defense sees the potential in the offense they’ll be facing on Sunday, but the 23rd-ranked unit will try to continue Kansas City’s trend of making mistakes. The Ravens have forced eight turnovers this season, which is tied for third in the AFC.

It begins and ends with rattling Cassel, who’s been sacked 13 times already. However, Crennel has left the door open regarding the possibility of backup Brady Quinn replacing Cassel if his poor play continues.

“[Cassel's] got a lot of weapons around him, all the way around him actually,” linebacker Ray Lewis said. “They added a lot of new pieces, and I just think they’re doing a great job. You take away the turnovers and things, [and] they’re doing an awfully great job with their offense.”

Reed the ball coach?

Safety Ed Reed has spent plenty of time discussing his future in recent months, but the comments he made Wednesday had nothing to do with a desire for a new contract or a feeling of being slighted by the organization.

The 34-year-old talked about life after football and his desire to become a coach after his playing days are over.

“Right now, it’s just high school because I want to be around my son,” said Reed, who lamented losing so much time away from his family while playing at the University of Miami and in the NFL. “I would love to coach at this level probably at some point, maybe even college because I feel like you can get the kids while they’re young and still give them information.”

Always a vocal leader in the secondary, Reed has received praise from coaches and teammates alike this season for taking an even bigger role in helping to prepare teammates for opponents as well as offering advice on how to take care of their bodies.

“He is making sure we know exactly what we are doing so we can go 110 percent,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “He is in it this year. All the other years, he would teach us a little something here and there, but this year, it’s all 110 percent. He is teaching us everything that he can possibly know, and I am happy for it.”

Reed’s six-year contract that was signed in 2006 expires after the 2012 season.

Injury report

BALTIMORE
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: T Jah Reid (calf)
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Torrey Smith (ankle)

KANSAS CITY
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Jon Baldwin (hamstring), CB Jalil Brown (hamstring), DE Glen Dorsey (calf), CB Brandon Flowers (heel), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle), LB Derrick Johnson (groin), DE Ropati Pitoitua (elbow), WR Devon Wylie (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), G Ryan Lilja (back)

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