The Magic Elixir … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs

From the Truman Sports Complex

If someone could figure out how to distill the feeling and bottle it, they would become billionaires many times over, own the entire Hawaiian Island of Maui and have bank accounts larger than most small countries.

That would happen for anyone who could capture the pain relieving feeling that comes with winning.

The bruised and battered Chiefs were basking in a healthy dose of that on Monday, as they looked at the tape of Sunday’s victory over Arizona, got a workout in and then headed home for a day off on Tuesday.

Todd Haley’s team is not healthy right now. Shoot, the head coach is not healthy as we’ve learned he had three hours of surgery last Monday to re-attach a quadriceps tendon to his right femur.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Haley said, even as he shuffled about the Chiefs complex with the sore right leg.

While it’s true that 32 teams in the NFL are bruised and battered at this point in the season, there are 16 clubs that don’t feel quite as bad. Those are the teams that won over the weekend and Monday night.

“It always feels better when you win,” said veteran RB Thomas Jones. “It just takes away some of the pain.”

By the time the Chiefs locker room was open to the media on Monday, there were not many players left in the building. Most of those in the house were trudging towards the domain of Dave Price, the club’s trainer. Of the 10 players that walked through in a 10-minute period, eight had tape or bandages visible on a knee, a wrist, a foot, etc. They were either coming from treatment for an injury or headed that way to spend time with Price and the other trainers.

The only two players who weren’t limping or sore in some fashion were backup QB Brodie Croyle and practice squad QB Tyler Palko. Neither one has played a down this season so they are the healthiest bodies in the building.

“You win some of these and you start feeling better,” said Haley. “Guys come back a little quicker because everybody’s beat up, everybody’s hurt, nobody feels good. But when you win, you feel a little bit better, somehow, some way, that’s just the way it works.”

The list of players that are banged up enough to make the injury report is growing on a weekly basis. In the secondary it’s Jon McGraw, Kendrick Lewis, Donald Washington, Brandon Flowers and Reshard Langford. At linebacker it’s Tamba Hali. On the offensive line its Branden Albert, Brian Waters and Ryan Lilja. At the offensive skill positions it’s WR/RB Dexter McCluster, TE Tony Moeaki, and RB Jamaal Charles.

There’s nothing unusual about those types of numbers. What’s unusual are how few games that Chiefs players have missed because of injury. Among the 35 players that anyone would consider the core of the football team, there have been 22 games total that have been missed completely because of injury. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • RT Ryan O’Callaghan    5
  • DE Tyson Jackson         4
  • WR Dexter McCluster  4
  • FS Jon McGraw              3
  • FS Kendrick Lewis         3
  • WR Chris Chambers      2
  • RG Ryan Lilja                   1

That’s 12 games missed on offense and 10 games missed on defense. The Chiefs are banged up, hurt, injured, but they are still playing.

“We’re just trying to keep moving forward, making progress,” said Haley.

After two straight losses on the road, the victory over Arizona pushed the Chiefs back on the tracks. Now they have to figure out a way to go out and win on the road, starting in Seattle. So far this year they are 1-4 away from the friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium.

“If we want to become a good team, we have to go out into the wilderness and win one on the road,” said Haley.

As they head for the wilderness, they don’t feel quite as bad as they did last week. They hope to re-fill their tonic bottles against the Seahawks.


In the football-sense, Brad Childress was a dead man walking for the better part of the last six months. When the Minnesota Vikings did absolutely nothing between the end of the 2009 season and the start of 2010 training camp to buck-up the quarterback position on their team, you just knew it wasn’t going to end in a nice way for the man they called “Chilly.”

Childress got the heave-ho on Monday, after his team was embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. All the drama that went with QB Brett Favre, his presence and his performance finally drove the Vikings and their Super Bowl chances into a ditch.

Throughout Le Affaire’ Favre, it was very apparent that Childress had lost control of his team. The franchise got Favre because he was the piece of the puzzle that would lead them to a championship, and they were an overtime field goal of getting a ticket to the Super Bowl earlier this year.

But it turned out Favre was damaged goods, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. When he had to be talked into returning to play the 2010 by a group of visiting teammates at his home in Mississippi that told us all we should have needed to know.

Favre has been awful this season and he has showed that he should have stayed retired. His passer rating is the second worst in the league. Only benched-now injured Carolina starter Matt Moore has a number that’s worse.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was named the interim head coach and he’s been a man who has interviewed for NFL head coaching jobs over the last two years. Frazier played cornerback for those great Bears defenses back in the mid-1980s, but he’s far more like a Tony Dungy than a Mike Ditka or Buddy Ryan.


  • NFL – fined Raiders DE Richard Seymour $25,000 for punching Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday’s game.
  • BENGALS – placed FS Chris Crocker on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season; placed DE Frostee Rucker on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season; signed CB Jonathan Wade, last with the Lions.
  • CHARGERS – signed TE Kory Sperry and RB Curtis Brinkley off their practice squad; released LB David Herron and LB Brandon Lang.
  • DOLPHINS – signed C Eric Ghiaciuc, last with the Patriots; signed OL Tony Ugoh, formerly with the Colts; placed C Cory Proctor on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season.
  • EAGLES – placed CB Ellis Hobbs on the injured-reserve list (neck) ending his season.
  • REDSKINS – placed RB Chad Simpson on the injured-reserve list (foot) ending his season; placed S Anderson Russell on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season; signed RB James Davis off their practice squad.
  • TITANS – placed Vince Young on the injured-reserve list (thumb) ending his season.
  • VIKINGS – fire head coach Brad Childress; named defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier interim head coach.

4 Responses to “The Magic Elixir … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • November 23, 2010  - Chuck says:

    Bob; Is there anyway you can find out how bad the injuries are for Branden Albert and Branden Flowers???? How bout Dexter too??? Will these 3 be able to play against the Seahawks???

  • November 23, 2010  - Edward says:

    Chuck i’m preety sure we’ll know more by WEd or Thurs when teams return to practice

  • November 23, 2010  - Mark says:


    I’m pretty sure we WON’T know more by Wed/Thurs. The Chiefs simply don’t divulge anything but the league minimum when it comes to injury info.

    Here’s what I’m guessing you’ll see on the IR regarding these three:
    Albert – Hip – Questionable.
    Flowers – Hamstring – Questionalbe.
    McCluster – Ankle – Questionable.

    There you go. You’ll know more when the Chiefs delcare their inactives on Sunday. Today’s Chiefs will release no more than the bare minimum when it comes to information regarding injuries, contracts, personnel moves, or stadium food specials. We (to include the media) are the last to know!

  • November 23, 2010  - el cid says:

    Mark is correct, even Haley told the story about his injury to a AZ news leaving out the KC media.

    Do not care what the Chiefs say, we have the Pioli view of “trilateral commission” evil empire listening. It would be nice for someone to find out about McCluster, just how bad is it and what is it? The Chiefs will not say but there has to be “un-named sources”.

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