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Broncos-Chiefs notes

12/5/2009

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.