AFC West: Charlie Anderson

KANSAS CITY –- There was only one mild surprise on the Kansas City Chiefs’ inactive list Sunday for their AFC wild-card game against visiting Baltimore.

Veteran receiver Chris Chambers was inactive, while newly signed veteran receiver Kevin Curtis is active. Chambers has been disappointing this season and he might have played his final game in Kansas City. Curtis was signed Wednesday.

Also, Brodie Croyle is back to being the Chiefs’ backup quarterback while Tyler Palko is the emergency quarterback. Palko was the backup last week against Oakland. Here are Kansas City’s other inactives: receiver Quinten Lawrence, fullback Mike Cox, safety Reshard Langford, linebacker Charlie Anderson, center Rudy Niswanger and defensive tackle Anthony Toribio. Baltimore had no surprises on its inactive list.

Evening AFC West notes

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San Diego star tight end Antonio Gates said he has a 50 percent chance of playing Monday night against Denver. He missed the Chargers’ last game with a foot injury that is still hobbling him. However, starting receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee returned to practice after each missed several games with hamstring injuries. Both players should play Monday unless there is a setback. Also, rookie running back Ryan Mathews continued to sit out with an ankle injury. His availability Monday could be in jeopardy.
  • Kansas City standout rookie tight end Tony Moeaki did not practice Wednesday with a head injury and his availability to play against Arizona on Sunday could be in jeopardy. Rookie receiver/running back/returner Dexter McCluster was limited with an ankle injury. He’s missed the past three games. Guard Brian Waters (groin) and safety Jon McGraw (knee, head) were limited. McGraw didn’t play Sunday. Rookie safety Kendrick Lewis, who has been out for a month with a hamstring injury, practiced fully Wednesday.
  • The Chiefs placed linebacker Mark Simoneau on the injured reserve after he played one game this season. He had played since 2007. The team re-signed linebacker Charlie Anderson, who was cut last week.
DENVER -- Kansas City rookie receiver/returner/running back Dexter McCluster is inactive for the third straight game because of an ankle injury.

The Chiefs are also without safeties Jon McGraw (knee) and Kendrick Lewis (hamstring). Donald Washington may be set to start with Eric Berry at safety. The Chiefs have not made that announcement yet. Linebacker Corey Mays is inactive for the first time this season.

Kansas City has signed safety Ricky Price from the practice squad. Linebacker Charlie Anderson was cut to make room for him.

For Denver, running back Laurence Maroney is inactive. Lance Ball, who can play special teams, is active. Denver traded a fourth-round draft pick for Maroney earlier this season. As expected, linebacker Robert Ayers and cornerback Andre' Goodman are inactive because of injuries.

Dexter McCluster honored

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Afternoon AFC West notes:

Kansas City rookie Dexter McCluster was named the AFC special teams player of the week. The second-round pick had a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 21-14 upset win over San Diego. It was a team record.

Kansas City has placed fifth-round pick Cameron Sheffield on the injured reserve, ending his season. Sheffield was carried off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury in the preseason last month and he spent a night in the hospital. But he was walking with feelings on all of his extremities when he was released from the hospital.

Kansas City signed linebacker Charlie Anderson to replace Sheffield. Anderson has seven starts in the past six seasons with Houston and Miami. He should provide immediate depth in Kansas City,

ESPN.com’s rookie watch features San Diego’s Ryan Mathews at the top and Kansas City’s Eric Berry on the bottom of the top-10 list.

Oakland has brought back Erik Pears in its attempt to help a weak offensive line.

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