Smith, Charles inactive for KC; starting D sits

Quarterback Alex Smith and running back Jamaal Charles are

inactive for Kansas City against the San Diego Chargers, and the

Chiefs are resting their entire starting defense.

The Chiefs have clinched the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. San

Diego needs to beat the Chiefs, as well as have Miami and Baltimore

lose, to get the No. 6 seed.

Also inactive for the Chiefs are wide receiver Dwayne Bowe

(concussion) and Tamba Hali (knee), who had been ruled out on

Friday, as well as linebacker Derrick Johnson, tackle Branden

Albert and defensive tackle DT Dontari Poe.

Chase Daniel will start for Smith, Knile Davis for Charles and

Junior Hemingway for Bowe.

Inactive for the Chargers are third-string quarterback Brad

Sorensen, wide receiver-kick receiver Lavelle Hawkins, safety

Brandon Taylor, cornerback Marcus Cromartie, guard Stephen

Schilling, tackle Kenny Wiggins and defensive tackle Kwame


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