- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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KANSAS CITY -- The last time Mike Brisiel played center?
“Probably 2007,” he said, “in NFL Europe. Maybe in preseason, but not in an NFL game. No.
“I have to prepare like I can be in there, so the mistakes are on me. We can’t use any of that as an excuse. When your name gets called, you have to go.”
“Mike Brisiel,” offered quarterback Terrelle Pryor, “he could barely walk. But I appreciate him.”
As did coach Dennis Allen, even as he failed to say why Brisiel moved to center when Lamar Mady had been putting in work there in recent weeks.
And in an environment as raucous as the one provided at Arrowhead Stadium en route to an eventual 24-7 Chiefs win against the Raiders, Brisiel did what he could do with the silent counts and long snaps. And really, it was reminiscent of Travis Goethel becoming a long-snapper, much to his surprise -- and chagrin -- in last season’s season opener.
“It was an adjustment for him,” Allen said. “We’ll go back and look at the tape and see exactly where the breakdown occurred. Usually, when those things happen, with sacks like that, there is usually a breakdown in (communication). The quarterback doesn’t get a lot of time to see (the rush).”
Pryor was sacked 10 times. He endured 14 hits. And he did not think his offensive line owed him an apology. In fact, Pryor owned the loss.
“We’ve had guys going down since OTA’s, so we’re not going to use that as an excuse here,” said left tackle Khalif Barnes, who was slated to be the right tackle before injuries to Jared Veldheer and rookie Menelik Watson. “It’s just that the Chiefs are a good team and we came in and they played the full 60 minutes and we set ourselves back in a few areas.”
Veldheer, who tore his left triceps in camp, is eligible to play on Nov. 3 against Philadelphia, so long as his rehab goes according to plan. Watson, who missed practice last week with a calf issue, now has the bye week to rehab, as does right tackle Tony Pashos, who re-aggravated his groin injury.
Brisiel, meanwhile, owned the makeshift line’s shortcomings -- the Raiders were called for 11 penalties, including a hold and three false starts on the line -- while praising the young Pryor, who has started all of six NFL games.
“We have to be there as a foundation for him and right now as an O-line we are scrambling for bodies,” Brisiel said. “And we just didn’t get it done.”
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