KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dante Hall, one of the NFL's most
dangerous kick returners, has a hip injury and his status is
uncertain for this week's game at Pittsburgh.
Hall had an MRI on his hip Monday and the Chiefs were awaiting
the results. The two-time Pro Bowler, who earlier this year got his
11th career touchdown return, was hurt while running back a kickoff
in Sunday's bruising come-from-behind 23-20 victory at Arizona.
"It might just be a hip pointer," coach Herm Edwards said
Also out for the fourth straight game will be quarterback
Trent Green, still recovering from a severe concussion sustained in the
season opener Sept. 10.
Edwards said running back Larry Johnson was OK despite a
frightening few moments when he lay motionless on the turf Sunday.
Johnson was grabbed by the facemask at the end of a 78-yard
catch-and-run that set up Lawrence Tynes' winning 19-yard field
goal with 1:36 to play.
"Larry was in today. He's going to be fine, but his neck is
obviously sore," Edwards said.
Johnson is expected to practice Wednesday and should play on Sunday against the Steelers, ESPN.com's John Clayton reported Tuesday.
Hall, who also has become a favorite wide receiver target of
backup quarterback Damon Huard, was replaced on punt returns by
Eddie Kennison. Rookie wide receiver Jeff Webb returned kickoffs.
Edwards said those two would continue to fill in if Hall is out.
"Eddie does a good job of making decisions," Edwards said.
"That was a big-time play he made [in the fourth quarter] when he
fielded that punt and got those extra 4 or 5 yards. Most guys don't
catch that ball and have the awareness to get what you can. Webb
doesn't know any better. He hits it like you're supposed to hit it.
He's just following the wedge."
Green went with the team to Arizona, his first road trip since
he was knocked unconscious and taken away on a gurney. For the
second week in a row, he offered suggestions and encouragement on
the sideline for Huard.
But Edwards said he did not know when the two-time Pro Bowler
would start working out. Doctors have said Green would be eased
back into action, beginning with light workouts and progressing to
full practice before he could think about getting back into a game.
"I would think shortly he's going to start working out. I don't
know if that's this week or next week or exactly when," Edwards
It will be the fourth straight start for Huard, who has both
delighted and surprised the Chiefs with his performance. He threw
for 288 yards against Arizona, hitting seven of his first eight
throws and rallying the Chiefs from a 10-point deficit with less
than 10 minutes left.
"Everyone believes in a guy who's managing a game like he's
managing it," Edwards said. "I'm very pleased. He's done a great
job of managing the game. The guys around him are getting more
comfortable with him."