The Kansas City Chiefs have released their list of 7 inactive players for today’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
QB Ricki Stanzi, DB Donald Washington, CB Jalil Brown, OT Jared Gaither, WR Jonathan Baldwin, DL Brandon Bair, NT Jerrell Powe.
The names that immediately jump out are Brown, Gaither and Powe. By sitting the rookie Powe, the Chiefs are without another true nose tackle on the active roster. Look for late signing Amon Gordon to shift inside as Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel try to keep veteran Kelly Gregg fresh.
It’s not a surprise that Gaither is inactive, but his name will jump out each week he is in street clothes. Kansas City has a major issue at right tackle, one that Gaither could potentially fix. Until he’s healthy enough to stay on the field, it will be Barry Richardson and pray for Matt Cassel and the Chiefs offense. OT Steve Maneri, picked up just last week on waivers from the New England Patriots, is active and will be the only active tackle other than Branden Albert and Richardson.
Brown had some very impressive moments in the preseason, though he also was nicked up down the stretch and when you have your top three corners locked in (Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr and Javier Arenas), it’s easy to take the veteran Travis Daniels to serve as the jack-of-all-trades on game day instead of the rookie.
In the secondary, it’s also worth noting that much maligned Sabby Piscitelli gets the call over Washington, who has been in the system longer and can play both safety and corner. Piscitelli hasn’t lived up to his draft position, but when you remove that tag you’ll see that he can flat out lay people out on special teams. Look for some of that today against the Bills.
Keary Colbert will also complete his unlikely comeback today as Baldwin’s injury will help push him onto the active roster. With him unlikely to be a huge factor on special teams units, look for Colbert to get some run on offense.