From Arrowhead Stadium
There was never a doubt in the mind of Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis.
No matter how much his left ankle hurt, he was going to play Monday night football against the Chargers if he had anything to say about the situation.
“I was going to play,” Lewis said.
But he also acknowledged that he didn’t have the final say so. That belonged to trainer Dave Price and the coaching staff.
“I got to give it to Dave Price, because he helped me get through this and got me right,” said Lewis. “From the time I got the injury, I said I was going to work my butt off to be on the field tonight. I worked harder to get over this injury than I did getting ready for the game.”
After showing Price and the coaches in a special workout some three hours before the game that he had all of his lateral movement, he got the green light.
“It was just a little insurance because it was an important decision,” Lewis said. “When it’s all said and done, they saw that I could move and play.”
Lewis had a big night. In the first quarter, he grabbed his third interception of the season, collecting a tipped Philip Rivers pass and returning it 10 yards.
“I got a chance to make a great play,” Lewis said. “I was in cover one and I knew he was going to try to get the ball early to Antonio Gates to get him started. He just tried to run and in route and he (Rivers) kind of overthrew Gates and I was able to make a play on it.”
Later, Lewis was able to recover the first opponent’s fumble of the season by the Chiefs. San Diego RB Ryan Mathews took a big hit from SS Jon McGraw, and the ball popped out and Lewis fell on it at the Chiefs 16-yard line.
“They are always telling me that when you go to the ball, good things happen,” said Lewis. “I was in the right place at the right time and I was able to pull the ball in and give our offense the ball.”