AFC West: Jamal Charles

Broncos-Chiefs notes

December, 5, 2009
12/05/09
11:15
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KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs put backup running back Kolby Smith on the injured reserve Saturday with an ankle injury.

Smith only played in three games this season because of injuries. He was backing up Jamaal Charles after the team cut Larry Johnson.

The team promoted rookie Javarris Williams from the practice squad. Williams was a seventh-round pick this season. He should get some carries as Charles’ backup.

Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos will be playing their first game, Sunday in Kansas City, without their most famous fan.

Tim McKernan -- better known as the "Barrel Man" -– died at the age of 69 on Saturday. McKernan was known around the league for attending Broncos games wearing a big, orange barrel, a Cowboy hat and not much else. He was beloved in Denver. Because of illnesses, McKernan retired from his 'Barrel Man" persona in recent years.

Halftime notes from Kansas City

October, 25, 2009
10/25/09
2:47
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

KANSAS CITY -- Random notes as the Chargers have a 20-0 lead:
  • The Chiefs moved the ball late in the second half, but rookie Ryan Succop -- who had two 46-yard field goals in the Chiefs' win at Washington last week -- missed a 43-yarder.
  • Kansas City played aggressive early. Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Chiefs coach Todd Haley went for it from his own 41. The Chargers made the defensive stop and then went in for a touchdown, using a short field.
  • San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for 186 yards and Vincent Jackson has 142 receiving yards.
  • San Diego running back Darren Sproles had a 21-yard gain while running with one shoe on late in the first half.
  • San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson has 36 yards on one carry and 30 yards on 13 other carries.
  • Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a nice 15-yard run late in the first half. It may be time for him to get the ball more. Larry Johnson has 28 yards on eight carries.
  • The Chargers have two sacks. Both came on safety blitzes.
  • It’s starting to rain. The forecast calls for continued rain in the second half.

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