AFC West: Mark Simoneau

Gates, Mathews still out of practice

November, 19, 2010
The chances of star tight end Antonio Gates and rookie running back Ryan Mathews playing Monday night against visiting Denver took another hit Friday when both players remained out of practice.

Gates is still hampered by the foot injury that forced him to miss the Houston game on Nov. 14. Whether he plays Sunday could be a game-time decision.

Mathews reinjured his ankle in the Houston game. There is a strong chance Mike Tolbert will start in Mathews’ place. Mathews, the No. 12 overall pick in April, has 382 yards on 87 carries and two touchdowns, while Tolbert has 87 carries for 395 yards and seven touchdowns.

Starting receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee both practiced on a limited basis. They’ve both been out for several games with a hamstring injury. It looks like San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding is on target to return from a groin injury Monday night. He has missed the past three games and has been replaced by Kris Brown. Kaeding has practiced fully the past two games.

Denver cornerback Andre' Goodman (hip) continued to be out of practice. Receiver Eddie Royal didn’t practice Friday with a hamstring issue that apparently just occurred. The Broncos were hoping to take advantage of Royal in the return game against San Diego’s suspect special teams. Royal had two returns for touchdowns in San Diego on "Monday Night Football" last year. It remains to be seen how serious this injury is.

The Chargers announced they have sold enough tickets for Monday night to sell out the game. It will be televised locally. San Diego has 4,000 tickets remaining for their home game against Oakland on Dec. 5.

One day after being put on the injured reserve by Kansas City, veteran linebacker Mark Simoneau announced his retirement.

The Raiders joined the growing list of teams to vote to decertify the union in case there is a lockout. It is strictly a formality. Denver and San Diego are among the other teams who have voted to decertify.

Former Hawaii star quarterback Colt Brennan was injured in a car accident in Hawaii on Friday. He was with the Raiders this summer.

Many Denver fans have signed a petition to make their orange jerseys their standard home uniform.

Evening AFC West notes

November, 17, 2010
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.

Todd Haley leads a team effort

October, 27, 2010
Two of the 12 teams in the NFL with two or fewer losses do not have an MVP candidate in’s MVP Watch. The Chiefs are one of those two teams. That may be a reason why Kansas City coach Todd Haley deserves coach of the year consideration.

The Chiefs are getting it done as a team and coaching is clearly a big reason why. There is no one player carrying this team. It’s been a total group effort as the AFC West-leading Chiefs have jumped out to a 4-2 record and credit goes to Haley, who has the Chiefs working together well in his second season.

Too bad running backs Jamaal Charles (489 rushing yards) and Thomas Jones (461) can’t combine and get some votes. Kansas City has the No. 1-ranked running game in the NFL and Jones and Charles are leading this offense together.

The Chiefs are well represented on’s rookie watch this week. Receiver/rusher/returner Dexter McCluster is No. 7 and tight end Tony Moeaki is No. 9. The Chiefs have gotten more out of their rookie class than perhaps any team in the NFL and that is another reason why this team is performing at a high level. So, in addition to Haley getting coach of the year consideration, perhaps general manager Scot Pioli should get some executive of the year consideration.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs beefed up their defense by signing veteran linebacker Mark Simoneau, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2007 while with the Saints.

He reunites with former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs in Kansas City. Gibbs is the linebacker coach in Kansas City. Simoneau worked out for the Chiefs last week. To make room for him, defensive end Atiyyah Ellison was cut. Kansas City put training camp star receiver Jeremy Horne on the practice squad. He was cut Saturday.

Report: Chiefs' Shaun Smith fined

October, 1, 2010
Fox’s Jay Glazer reports Kansas City defensive tackle Shaun Smith was fined $10,000 for grabbing San Francisco offensive lineman Anthony Davis in his groin area in the Chiefs’ win over the 49ers on Sunday.

In Week 2, Cleveland center Alex Mack accused Smith of committing a similar act.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Chiefs worked out a couple of experienced linebackers during their bye week. The Chiefs looked at Larry Izzo and Mark Simoneau. Izzo, a special-teams ace, played for Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli in New England.