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Chiefs haven’t lost faith in kicker Cairo Santos

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (right) and holder Dustin Colquitt watched Santos’ 48-yard field goal hit the left upright for a miss during Sunday’s game.
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (right) and holder Dustin Colquitt watched Santos’ 48-yard field goal hit the left upright for a miss during Sunday’s game. The Kansas City Star

Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub attributes kicker Cairo Santos’ shaky season debut — he barely made one field goal and barely missed another, both of which hit an upright — not to nerves, but a flaw in his technique.

“In that game, he might’ve been a little nervous in the mental aspect of it, but really physically what happened was he was looking (at the ball),” Toub said. “Really, he couldn’t see the kick. His eyeballs were coming up every time he hit the ball. That’s something that can easily be corrected and that’s something we worked on yesterday and we’re going to work on it again today.”

Toub was confident that Santos, a rookie, didn’t have his confidence shaken in the 26-10 loss.

“I think that’ll help him,” Toub said. “The thing about him is if I felt like his confidence or mental aspect wasn’t good, he wouldn’t be here right now. I really feel strong about him going forward.”

Injury report

For the second straight day, right tackle Jeff Allen (elbow) and running back De’Anthony Thomas (hamstring) missed practice. Outside linebacker Tamba Hali (ankle/knee) was limited for the second straight practice.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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