AFC West: Kenny Smith

Chiefs make a roster move

December, 12, 2009
The Kansas City Chiefs promoted defensive tackle Dion Gales from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Saturday.

Gales is an undrafted rookie from Troy University. The Chiefs had an open roster spot after they cut defensive lineman Kenny Smith earlier in the week. Kansas City hosts Buffalo on Sunday.
The Kansas City Chiefs are in danger of not selling out a home game for the first time in 19 years.

The team announced it has 3,500 tickets to sell by Thursday's deadline for Sunday’s game against Buffalo in order to avoid a local television blackout. The team will likely ask for a 24-hour extension until Friday afternoon to avoid the blackout. The last time there was a local blackout in Kansas City was Dec., 16, 1990.

“This has unfortunately become a more common occurrence in several NFL cities this year,” said Chiefs COO Mark Donovan said in a statement. “The possibility of a blackout is caused by a combination of the current economic climate, inclement weather in December, a non-divisional opponent and our record.”

The Chiefs aren’t given fans much to be excited about. They are 3-9 and have lost their last two games by a total of 60 points.

Meanwhile, Kansas City cut defensive lineman Kenny Smith, who was signed earlier this season. He appeared in six games and had three tackles. He had played in an NFL game prior to this year since 2003.

UDPATE: Arrowhead Pride reports the Chiefs signed rookie running back Kestahn Moore. He gives depth to a position that has been hurt by injuries. An undrafted rookie, Moore is making his third stop in the AFC West. He had cups of coffee with both Denver and San Diego this year.

Chiefs go to the way-back machine

October, 21, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

The Chiefs replaced third-year defensive lineman Tank Tyler, who was traded to Carolina on Monday, with 32-year-old defensive tackle Kenny Smith.

He hasn’t played in an NFL game in six years. Smith was last with New England, where he was with Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli, in 2007 and 2008. But he never played in a regular season game because of injuries. Smith was with Oakland in 2005, but was released due to injures. He didn’t play in 2006 and was signed with Tampa Bay in 2007. But he never played a game for the Buccaneers.

Smith was a third round pick in 2001 of New Orleans. He started 15 games in 2003 and was injured the entire 2004 season.

So, this is a curious signing. But clearly Pioli sees talent in Smith. Don’t expect much from this bottom-of-the-roster addition.