KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Having replaced the injured Clay Matthews for four games as a rookie last season for the Green Bay Packers, linebacker Dezman Moses knows a few things about replacing a Pro Bowl player.
“It wasn’t good enough,’’ said Moses, who in 43 defensive snaps was credited with just one tackle. “I like to be realistic with myself. I didn’t even need to watch the film to know that. I’ll have to do a better job this week. It’s always tough when you get thrown in a game like that. You don’t expect two guys to go down like that in one quarter. But that’s part of the game.’’
Moses was actually the second outside linebacker off the bench for the Chiefs Sunday. Early in the second quarter, they lost Tamba Hali with a sprained ankle and he was replaced by veteran Frank Zombo.
Later in the second quarter, Houston went out with a dislocated elbow. Moses played in his place.
The Chiefs are more optimistic about Hali’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium than Houston’s. Houston was still wearing a brace on the injured elbow on Monday afternoon.
If Hali plays against the Broncos, Zombo would take Houston’s place. But the Chiefs would again look to Moses if neither Hali nor Houston can play against Denver.
The Chiefs would like to see the Moses who filled in for Matthews last season. Moses had four sacks as an undrafted rookie.
“I’ll be better next week,’’ he said. “I’ll have a week to prepare. It allows you to be more confident. It allows you to go out there and just play the game, react to things rather than think about everything.
“I don’t beat myself up too much about it. You’ve still got to stay positive and continue to grow.’’