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Chiefs notes: Cool, rainy day didn’t affect Cairo Santos’ kicks

Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos watched his 54-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game. He made three other attempts.
Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos watched his 54-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game. He made three other attempts. deulitt@kcstar.com

In the worst conditions of the year — rain and 35 degrees at kickoff — kicker Cairo Santos made three field goals and missed one that was dead on.

Santos’ 54-yarder just before halftime hit the crossbar and fell into the end zone.

“I took a peek after I hit it and it was on frame, I was just trying to see if it would clear,” Santos said. “Unfortunately we got denied by the crossbar.”

But a solid day in a difficult setting otherwise.

“The balls were waterlogged like we’ve never experienced,” Santos said. “The towels were wet, everything was wet. It was nasty out there, but fortunately we go through it.”

Houston leaves with injury

Justin Houston left the Chiefs’ game against Buffalo on Sunday with a knee injury.

“Houston has a knee sprain on the same knee he had after the Indy game, or during the Indy game,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who was referring to the Chiefs’ 45-44 wild-card loss to the Colts in January 2014.

Knee sprains can be tricky, so predicting a timetable for his recovery is difficult.

Houston was injured during the first quarter, when he appeared to be leg-whipped accidentally by safety Ron Parker.

With Dee Ford out because of a lingering back injury, Frank Zombo entered the game in Houston’s place. Zombo, a special-teams ace, entered the game with two tackles and no sacks. He had four tackles in the game.

Entering the game, Houston led the Chiefs in sacks with 7  1/2 .

Harris’ penalty keeps drive alive

Ugly penalty of the day, home team division, went to Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris.

With the Bills’ facing a fourth-and-5 from midfield and punting, Harris jumped, giving the Bills a first down.

Harris said he saw the ball move.

“I saw the ball move and reacted,” Harris said. “But it is what it is. I mean, it was a just a bad play by me. I don’t want to blame it on the ball. It was just a bad read by me.”

Avant checks up on Carrington

Chiefs wide receiver Jason Avant didn’t know which Bills player was laying on the turf and he wasn’t involved in the collision. But it didn’t matter. Avant went over to Bills defensive end Alex Carrington to shake his hand and wish him well before a cart took Carrington off the field.

Carrington suffered an injury to his right leg and left the stadium on crutches.

“I don’t know who it was,” Avant said. (But) it looked bad. “When you need the cart, it’s usually bad.”

Chiefs inactives

Running back Charcandrick West, who has become the Chiefs rushing leader since filling in for Jamaal Charles, didn’t play Sunday against the Bills.

West was on the inactive list, along with wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas, offensive guard Ben Grubbs, defensive lineman Allen Bailey, linebacker Dee Ford, quarterback Aaron Murray and defensive lineman David King.

West injured a hamstring in last week’s victory at San Diego. He’s rushed for 373 yards this season and three touchdowns. Thomas also was injured against the Chargers, suffering concussion.

Also, Frankie Hammond Jr., took defensive back Saalim Hakim’s spot on the roster for depth at wide receiver.

The Bills announced seven inactives: quarterback Josh Johnson, wide receiver Marcus Easley, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, offensive guards John Miller and Ryan Groy and defensive linemen Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.

Blair Kerkhoff and Terez A. Paylor, The Star

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