Archive for Friday, October 18, 2002

Chiefs’ QB hobbled by injury

Ankle woes keep Green off field

October 18, 2002

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— Kansas City quarterback Trent Green was still hobbled with a sore ankle Thursday and backup Todd Collins took most of the snaps in practice.

Coach Dick Vermeil said his Wednesday estimate it was about "60-40" that Green would play on Sunday against Denver was still valid.

"He did limited work. Todd Collins did some good things," Vermeil said. "Overall, it wasn't a good practice today. I'm disappointed."

Green, who leads the NFL with 15 touchdown passes, injured his ankle near the end of the first half last week at San Diego. With the ankle taped, he finished the game.

"I think he's planning on playing (on Sunday) and I think we'll plan on playing him," Vermeil said. "He took limited reps today, that's all I can say."

Vermeil also said safety Greg Wesley, who missed last week's game with a deep shoulder and chest bruise, had gone for a second opinion from another doctor.

"Wesley's getting a second opinion today, so Shaunard Harts is our safety," Vermeil said. "I'm glad we have him. He's going to get a lot better."

Vermeil has said all week that he was pleasantly surprised by the play of Harts, a second-year backup, in the San Diego game.

He said Harts showed "that the game's not to big for him, that he can go in and play under pressure and respond and not make mental mistakes."

Wesley's injury has already kept him out longer than coaches had expected. Wesley leads the team with four interceptions, with three coming in the last eight minutes of the game against Miami.

"It may end up that he's going to have to play not feeling good," Vermeil said. "A lot of guys do. We've got guys practicing today that don't feel real good."

Vermeil indicated he was not pleased with Wesley's seeking a second opinion.

"I know what it will be," Vermeil said. "We haven't had a guy leave here yet that came back with a different opinion than what our doctors said it was."

Vermeil said there was no reason not to have confidence in the Chiefs' team doctors.

"They know what they're talking about. We're not trying to hide anything from players. He'll come back and say the MRIs are this," Vermeil said. "An expert in New York reads all our MRIs as backup right now. This is what you've got to do and you're going to be sore for a while."

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