Kendrick Lewis Active For Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have released their list of seven inactive players for Monday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers.  The Chiefs list has looked pretty much the same every week this season and this isn’t much different with just two names different from last Sunday’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders.

One name that you won’t see is S Kendrick Lewis.  The safety was listed as “probable” leading up the game and will be active for the Chiefs.

Inactive:

DL Brandon Bair, TE Anthony Becht, CB Jalil Brown, OL Steve Maneri, NT Jerrell Powe, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Jerheme Urban

Becht, the most recent addition to the Chiefs roster is a surprising change, taking the place of the man he replaced on the roster, WR Jeremy Horne.  Known for his blocking, leaving him off the gameday roster could be a sign that Kansas City plans to air the ball out more than usual against the Chargers.

The rookie Brown, who has been solid on special teams, is replaced by Langford.  With Lewis — the only Kansas City player on this week’s injury report — active, Langford is insurance in case the starter’s ankle acts up on him during the game.

Brown being inactive also makes it four eligible 2011 draft picks that are not in uniform.  Add that to the one released (Shane Bannon) and another on injured reserve (Gabe Miller) and this year’s draft class is nearly invisible for the Chiefs this season.  Maybe with first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin finally seeing the field he will be able to represent the Kansas City rookies a little bit better.

It’s a weekly thing to make note of now, but it’s hard to understand why Todd Haley continues to keep Urban on the team.  It was one thing for a rookie like Horne to not be able to get bumped up to the active roster as he worked on his game, but what is Urban accomplishing on the sidelines every week?  A bit puzzling to say the least.

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