Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn has some unfinished business on Sunday.
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.
He’ll make his fourth straight start for the Chiefs this week, and though neither team is in playoff contention, Quinn said the teams won’t 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 we’re in right now, it’s going to test each man because the aspirations you had at the beginning of the season the Super Bowl or playoffs aren’t here. It tests how much you love the game.
“I want to try to win every game I’m 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 football’s most storied rivalries.
Though the 2-11 Chiefs playing the 3-10 Raiders won’t 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 you’re on the playground when you’re a kid, and you’ve got a rivalry, or you’re in high school and (you have) a rivalry, it doesn’t 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 we’ve gone out there since I’ve been here, it’s 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 aren’t going to let us give up, and their coaches aren’t 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 that’s been around for a long, long time,” Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston said. “It’s pretty special, I think it’s special to everyone in this building. I know it’s special to everyone out there in Oakland.
“It will be another hard game. When you think of Oakland, you think tough, physical team. We’re going to have to go match it and probably surpass that to get a win. So we’ve 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.”Injury report
In addition to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (ribs), who already has been declared out for Sunday’s 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.Roster move
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.