Both have since been released.
“Jerrell is a pure nose guard,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “That’s kind of his deal. We have had some guys in here that I thought were good football players [but they] were probably more [defensive ends] than pure nose. He gives you the flexibility of giving Dontari in our base look a rest. [General manager John Dorsey] thought that was important and we’re on board with that. We understand.
“He’s somebody the coaches feel comfortable with.’’
The Chiefs on Sunday are facing the Redskins in Washington. The Redskins lead the league in rushing, so the Chiefs could be spending more time in their base defense on Sunday than they normally do.
That base defense could include some of Powe and less of Poe than usual.
“We’ll see how it goes,’’ Reid said. “That base unit is going to play a little bit this week. Their run game is the best in the National Football League, so they’re going to play a little bit.’’
Tackle Branden Albert, nose tackle Dontari Poe, outside linebacker Tamba Hali and punter Dustin Colquitt lead the balloting at their respective positions. Running back Jamaal Charles, guard Jeff Allen and safety Eric Berry are second at their positions.
Poe, Berry and Charles, who leads the AFC with 1,011 rushing yards, certainly deserve Pro Bowl recognition. Hali is tied for 11th in the league with nine sacks. Only three linebackers have more, one being his injured teammate Justin Houston, who has 11.
Colquitt doesn't have quite the numbers he had last season, when he made the Pro Bowl for the first time. But he still leads the NFL with 31 punts downed inside the 20. Don't underestimate how important that's been for a 9-3 team that relies on advantageous field position.
As for those not in the top two at their positions who might deserve recognition, how about Houston, who is fourth in the league in sacks?
Then there's Derrick Johnson, who has made two straight trips to the Pro Bowl but in my mind still doesn't get the recognition he's due. Johnson doesn't pile up the stats voters often look for (interceptions, sacks, fumbles), but he is as solid an inside linebacker as there is in the league.
His would be a significant loss. The Chiefs have only one other tight end, Sean McGrath, on their active roster.
Not having Fasano would not only leave the Chiefs without a safety net at tight end, but rob them of their ability to use two tight ends, as coach Andy Reid at times likes to do.
The options for replacing Fasano at this point aren’t plentiful. When hit by injuries at tight end earlier in the season, the Chiefs put out an emergency call to veteran journeyman Kevin Brock, who went to camp with Kansas City but was released before the start of the regular season. Brock has since been cut.
The Chiefs also have a pair of tight ends on their practice squad. One is 270-pound Dominique Jones who has 10 games of experience with the Indianapolis Colts. The other is Demetrius Harris, who played basketball but not football in college.
“I have a couple of guys on the practice squad I like,’’ Reid said. “That would be the reason not to do something right now and then just see how Anthony does as we go. It’s too hard to predict that.
“One’s got experience and one doesn’t. I think they both can catch the football well. One probably blocks a little bit better than the other one. That’s what it would come down to.’’
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The death of a Missouri man in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot during Kansas City's game this weekend was ruled a homicide Wednesday, but police said it could still take weeks before they know what killed him.
Kyle Van Winkle, 30, of Smithville, was unconscious on the ground when police responded to a disturbance call around 5:20 p.m. in Lot A at Truman Sports Complex, where Arrowhead is located.
In announcing the Jackson County medical examiner's ruling Wednesday, police spokesman Darin Snapp said that wouldn't change how the case is being handled.
"Detectives have been working the case as a homicide from the beginning, so the investigation will not change," he said.
Van Winkle, the son of a police sergeant, apparently left the stadium early in the game and went to the parking lot, where he got into a Jeep that looked like the vehicle he came to the game in, Kansas City police spokesman Tye Grant said.
The Jeep's owner found Van Winkle, which led to an argument. People tailgating nearby then came over and began fighting with Van Winkle, he said.
Dean Van Winkle told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday that his son left his seat to go to the restroom but never came back. He said Kyle didn't appear to be intoxicated or ill when he left.
"He collapsed during the struggle and was found to be not breathing," Grant said. "That's when a person at the scene began doing CPR on him."
Van Winkle was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
It could be four to six weeks before the medical examiner determines the cause of death, police said.
Four people were taken into custody for questioning but none was charged. Police executed a search warrant Monday at a home in the Kansas City suburb of Independence after learning of possible evidence there. A No. 25 Chiefs jersey, blue jeans and tennis shoes were seized, according to the search warrant returned Wednesday.
The Chiefs probably would have made a move for a tight end if they thought tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion) would be out for an extended period. They still could do that, of course, and could promote one of their practice squad tight ends to the active roster if need be. But Fasano's situation is one to watch. His loss would be a significant one. He has a touchdown catch in each of the past three games.
Don't expect linebacker Justin Houston back in time for this week's game. He had ligament and muscle damage in his elbow, so he's probably another week or two away.
Safety Kendrick Lewis was able to play last week's game after injuring his knee, but there could be some residual soreness there.
The Chiefs changed their mind on Powe Tuesday when he was re-signed. They released defensive tackle Kyle Love, who had only joined the Chiefs last month. Love was a healthy scratch for last week's game against the Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs can't have big plans for Powe, not the way they use Poe. He rarely comes out of the game, so Powe may have little or nothing to do unless Poe is injured. Powe could even be inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins in Washington.
The Chiefs can clinch a wild-card spot Sunday by beating the Redskins in Washington if one of two other AFC teams, the Miami Dolphins or the Baltimore Ravens, lose. The Chiefs can also clinch a wild-card spot by winning two of their four remaining games regardless of results elsewhere.
So the Chiefs will be a wild-card team and almost certainly the fifth seed in the AFC. Once they clinch that playoff spot, they're probably going to play a regular-season game or two that won't carry much, if any, meaning with regard to the playoffs. It's going to be interesting to see how coach Andy Reid handles that time for the Chiefs.
Since Reid is no doubt dying for my advice, here it is: The Chiefs need to keep playing as if the games do matter. They shouldn't rush players back prematurely from injuries and it's OK to provide some rest to players (Jamaal Charles immediately comes to mind) who might need it, but otherwise they should make their best effort to win.
Maybe my advice for him will change between now and then. But at this point, the Chiefs have a lot of defensive issues to resolve. Their starters need to play, get these things fixed and get their swagger back.
On offense, the Chiefs may at long last have something going for them and there's no need to take a chance on ruining that now. Alex Smith's last two games may have been his best. Momentum counts for something here.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five former Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that period, a time when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL.
The lawsuit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court on behalf of former players Leonard Griffin, Chris Martin, Joe Phillips, Alexander Louis Cooper and Kevin Porter -- all of whom played on defense -- seeks undisclosed financial damages. All five players have opted out of a multimillion-dollar settlement announced this summer that would compensate former players for their head injuries.
The Kansas City plaintiffs claim to be suffering from post-concussion syndrome and latent brain disease because of multiple concussions they sustained while playing for the Chiefs. They all also claim to be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can only be definitively diagnosed by examining the brain after death.
Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello both declined to comment on the suit.
The lawsuit says the Chiefs ignored decades of research indicating that concussions cause long-term brain damage, instead referring to the injuries as "getting your bell rung'' or a "ding.'' It accuses the team of lying to players in saying concussions were not serious injuries.
In recent years, several former NFL players and other athletes who suffered concussions have been diagnosed after their deaths with CTE, including Junior Seau and Ray Easterling, who both committed suicide.
Preseason: 19 | Last week: 6 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Chiefs dropped only one spot in this week's rankings despite losing their second straight home game. The 9-3 Chiefs are now No. 7.
Looking at their entire body of work, seventh is a good spot for the Chiefs. Despite their losing streak, which has reached three games overall, the Chiefs still have one of the NFL's best records.
But looking at whether the Chiefs could beat some of the teams ranked immediately below them, that's another story. The Chiefs beat the No. 10 Philadelphia Eagles and the No. 11 Dallas Cowboys in September, but could they do so now? Maybe. Maybe not.
As for the No. 8 Indianapolis Colts, the Chiefs will get their shot at them Dec. 22 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won't play the No. 9 Cincinnati Bengals during the regular season. But it looks more and more as if the Chiefs will get a wild-card playoff spot, so they just might see the Bengals in Cincinnati to open the postseason.
Charles is well shy of both players in rushing touchdowns, but Holmes and Johnson at times played for Chiefs teams that were offensive machines. Charles' teams in Kansas City haven't been built that way and it's unfair to penalize him for that. Charles isn't the pass receiver that Holmes was. There was no sight for Chiefs fans like Holmes running with a screen pass behind the great blockers he played with (unless it was Holmes running the sweep behind the great blockers he played with). But strictly as a runner, I'll take Charles.
Two factors go into that decision. First is longetivity. Johnson essentially had two great seasons for the Chiefs, Holmes three. Charles is now at four and we're still counting.
The other is Charles' career per-carry rushing average. Charles has picked up slightly more than 5.5 yards every time he's rushed the ball for the Chiefs in his career and that's frequently against opposing defenses that were often lying in wait for him because the Chiefs gave them little else to worry about.
Holmes rushed for 4.59 yards per carry, Johnson 4.37. That's a significant dfference in Charles' favor.
Holmes and Johnson deserve to be part of the discussion. But with apologies to those guys and some other great Chiefs backs like Marcus Allen, Christian Okoye and Ed Podolak it's time (and probably past time) to hail the new king.
Poe has been in the lineup for 95 percent of Kansas City's defensive plays.
"I can't imagine that there's that many players of his size that don't come out of the game very often," defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said.
Poe is probably the only one, in fact. It says two things about Poe, one being his superb physical conditioning. Poe said he has greatly improved his diet, something he credits for his iron man defensive status.
But it also speaks to Poe's value to the Chiefs. He's still playing well, as are a couple of his defensive teammates, linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry. But as the play of Kansas City's cornerbacks have declined and their pass rush has stalled, it's becoming obvious that Poe is their most valuable player, at least on the defensive side.
"He has played a lot of snaps," coach Andy Reid said. "He's a tough one to substitute (for) because he wants to be out there every snap. He doesn't want to come out of the game. He enjoys playing.
"I don't see anything where he's fatigued at this point. He's maintained his play level and he's been healthy and he enjoys the role he's been in."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It could take four to six weeks before authorities can determine how a man died after an altercation in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium during Kansas City's game against Denver, police said Monday.
The man was identified as Kyle A. Vanwinkle, 30, of Smithville. An examination of Vanwinkle's body did not show obvious signs of trauma, Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said in an emailed statement.
Snapp said a man who owned a Jeep and his son returned to the vehicle during Sunday's game and found a man "who did not belong" inside, which led to a fight between the owner and Vanwinkle.
Police responded to a disturbance call in Lot A at Truman Sports Complex, where Arrowhead Stadium is located, and found Vanwinkle on the ground unconscious. Three people were taken into custody Sunday evening, but all were released Monday afternoon with no charges filed.
Snapp said investigators are awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports before deciding whether Vanwinkle's death was the result of a crime.
"We don't know if the person had a health condition, had a heart attack. We don't know," Snapp said Sunday. "We're going to investigate this as a homicide until we hear differently. Right now it's a suspicious death but we are going to investigate it as a homicide."
It wasn't clear whether the men knew each other, or whether the Jeep owner had been in the stadium or was outside tailgating with other fans. Arrowhead has a no re-entry policy, meaning anyone who left the closely contested game would not have been allowed to come back inside.
Officers searched a suburban Kansas City home Monday morning after investigators learned evidence in the man's death might be found there, Snapp said. He declined to provide further details.
Ted Crews, a spokesman for the Chiefs, said the team was aware of the incident but could not comment further because of the police investigation.
But for now the poor kid looks shell-shocked, and for his benefit as well as that of the Chiefs', it’s time for the team to sit him down. Cooper has had a string of three horrible games, punctuated by Sunday’s 35-28 to Peyton Manning, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and the Denver Broncos.
To his credit, Cooper put up a brave front following Sunday’s game.
I’ll just keep working,’’ Cooper said. “I’m a cornerback. This is the life I live. Sometimes things are going to work for me, sometimes things aren’t.’’
They worked for Cooper early in the game, when he intercepted one of Manning’s passes. But most of his day was spent chasing Decker or Thomas, just like he spent much of the previous week chasing San Diego Chargers receivers.
“He had the interception and then the one thing he did was he came back and he battled,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “That’s not an easy thing as a rookie, a young kid, and he’s put in a big-time position and he’s not giving up on himself, which is important. There’s a challenge on every play. They got him on a couple but at the same time he came back and he battled."
Robinson didn’t play well as the third cornerback early in the season and has played little since Cooper emerged. But as the aura of invincibility has been stripped away from Kansas City’s defense and its flaws have been exposed, Robinson’s experience can’t hurt.
Reid wasn’t in any mood to discuss whether Robinson might provide some relief for Cooper in Sunday’s game against the Redskins in Washington.
“[Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton] will go through all of that,’’ Reid said.