Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn has some unfinished business on Sunday.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
Quinn lasted just a dozen plays in the Chiefs 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 28 at Arrowhead Stadium before he missed the rest of the game because of a concussion.
Hell make his fourth straight start for the Chiefs this week, and though neither team is in playoff contention, Quinn said the teams wont just be playing out the string.
Every game has importance to us, he said. It tests your competitive nature as a man and what you want to get accomplished while you play in this league. Being in the position were in right now, its going to test each man because the aspirations you had at the beginning of the season the Super Bowl or playoffs arent here. It tests how much you love the game.
I want to try to win every game Im playing in.
Is it still a rivalry?
The Chiefs game at Oakland on Sunday may be one of the least-inspiring matchups in the 53-year history of what was once one of pro footballs most storied rivalries.
Though the 2-11 Chiefs playing the 3-10 Raiders wont evoke memories of Len Dawson vs. Ben Davidson or Derrick Thomas vs. Jeff George, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel promises his team is taking the rivalry seriously.
When youre on the playground when youre a kid, and youve got a rivalry, or youre in high school and (you have) a rivalry, it doesnt make any difference what the records are, Crennel said. You want to go and you want to win that game. Both sides feel the same way about it.
Every time weve gone out there since Ive been here, its been a good, competitive game.
The Chiefs are coming off a 30-7 loss at Cleveland, while the Raiders have lost six straight since beating the Chiefs 26-16 on Oct. 28.
Both teams are probably in a similar situation, Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert said. But both teams are prideful, and both teams are being coached by good coaches, and our coaches arent going to let us give up, and their coaches arent either.
The Chiefs have won eight of their last nine games at Oakland, including a 28-0 victory last year. But the Raiders have won six straight in Kansas City.
Oakland-Kansas City is something thats been around for a long, long time, Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston said. Its pretty special, I think its special to everyone in this building. I know its special to everyone out there in Oakland.
It will be another hard game. When you think of Oakland, you think tough, physical team. Were going to have to go match it and probably surpass that to get a win. So weve got to find a way to sustain some drives, get some points on the board, play from in front, and let our front defensive seven go after them.
In addition to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (ribs), who already has been declared out for Sundays game, the Chiefs said Albert (back), safety Abe Elam (quadriceps), center Ryan Lilja (knee) and offensive lineman Russ Hochstein (back) did not practice on Wednesday.
Running back Cyrus Gray (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Flowers (hamstring) and linebacker Derrick Johnson (hamstring) were limited.
The Raiders said defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi (illness) and safety Tyvon Branch (neck/ankle) did not practice. Offensive Khalif Barnes (triceps), defensive back Michael Huff (wrist), safety Mike Mitchell (neck) and defensive lineman Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring) were limited.
The Chiefs filled a spot on the practice squad by signing offensive tackle Dustin Waldron. Waldron went to camp with Miami and spent some time with New England.
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