The Chiefs got a little good news on the injury front before heading for Oakland for Thursday night’s game.
Tight end Anthony Fasano, who missed last week’s win over Seattle because of a knee injury, and cornerback Jamell Fleming, who has missed the last three games because of a hamstring injury, could be available for Thursday’s game at Oakland (7:25 p.m. on NFL Network and Ch. 41). Both were listed as questionable after being limited participants in practice during the week.
Wide receivers Donnie Avery (groin) and A.J. Jenkins (shoulder) were ruled out for the game, as was cornerback Chris Owens (knee).
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No peeking ahead
The Chiefs insist they won’t be overlooking winless Oakland on Thursday night and looking ahead to their showdown with Denver for the AFC West lead on Nov. 30 at Arrowhead Stadium.
“There are so many games left in the season,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “To be peeking ahead at all is ridiculous especially here on a short week, on the road, in a division game — all those things.”
Don’t even suggest the Raiders game is a “trap game.”
“We don’t even talk like that around here, and that’s not even the way we think, not the type of group that we have,” Smith said. “We do such a great job of living week to week. And this week it’s a short week. Guys immediately right after the (Seattle) game knew what we had in hand. There are too many things at stake for us to even talk like that.”
New technology featured
The new player tracking technology being used by the NFL this year to measure the positioning, speed and distance of players throughout each game will be featured during the telecast of the Chiefs-Raiders game.
The NFL installed Zebra Technologies’ real-time location system in 17 stadiums this season and the receivers will communicate with radio-frequency identification transmitters placed inside the shoulder pads of each player to capture precise location measurements, in real-time, during the game. The technology enables the NFL to accurately capture real-time player tracking statistics, such as acceleration and total distance run.
Running back Jamaal Charles was nominated for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for his 159 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 24-20 win over Seattle on Sunday.
Fans have until 2 p.m. Thursday to vote for Charles at NFL.com/FedEx. If Charles wins, FedEx will make a $2,000 donation to Kansas City’s local chapter of the American Red Cross.