Rookie cornerback Maurice Leggett, who scored touchdowns in each of the last two games, and starting center Rudy Niswanger were both inactive Sunday for Kansas City's game against San Diego.
Leggett, an undrafted free agent who's been one of the bright spots this year for the Chiefs, injured his shoulder last week against Denver. Niswanger, the first-year starting center, injured his knee in the Denver game and was replaced by Wade Smith. A six-year veteran, Smith is in his first year with Kansas City.
Also inactive for Kansas City were defensive end Wallace Gilberry and linebacker Donnie Edwards.
Fullback Mike Tolbert and safety Clinton Hart were the only starters inactive for San Diego.
The Chargers and Chiefs played a bad football game a few weeks ago, and that was when they had something to play for. Well, the Chargers did, at least. Mathematically, the Bolts can still make the playoffs. Time to cue up former Colts coach Jim Mora.
"Playoffs!?!? Don't talk about playoffs. You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!"
This is pretty much how Norv Turner should be thinking right now. The worst thing that could happen is the Chargers win in Kansas City, a place where they historically have had trouble, and Denver loses in Carolina. That would give San Diego football fans the one thing they don't need right now. Hope.
The season is going to end poorly. The playoffs will not be reached. The sooner that becomes official, the better. The longer this thing drags out, the harder it'll be on the emotions of Chargers fans. For everyone's sake, let's hope the Chargers' chances at a playoff berth end on the chewed up turf of Arrowhead Stadium.