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Examiner
  • Croyle, Chiefs don't last long

  • Brodie Croyle limped to the sideline, ripped his helmet off his head and slammed it to the turf with both hands.

    It may have been his last act on the field for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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  • Brodie Croyle limped to the sideline, ripped his helmet off his head and slammed it to the turf with both hands.
    It may have been his last act on the field for the Kansas City Chiefs.
    It is definitely the last time the brittle quarterback will see the field this year. Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said a torn medial collateral ligament has ended Croyle’s season – and possibly his career – just 18 minutes and 31 seconds and 14 plays into his first game back from a separated shoulder.
    The news got worse when backup Damon Huard injured his thumb as the Chiefs sleepwalked through a 34-10 loss to the undefeated Tennessee Titans Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
    “We lost our quarterback; he’s done for the year,” Edwards said. “It’s tough for everybody and tough for him. I feel bad for the kid because he did everything in his power to get back, but his season’s over with.”
    And the Chiefs are most likely done, too, falling to 1-5 with a lackluster effort against the 6-0 Titans.
    Croyle completed nine of his 10 passes but many were dump-off patterns that only gained 65 yards total. The Chiefs were already down 10-0 when Croyle got tangled up with Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth and Jacob Ford on a 17-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe.
    “That’s a tough, tough injury,” said Huard, who had his thumb on his throwing hand wrapped up. “I feel so bad for the guy. He put a lot of time and energy into getting back, but unfortunately for him – I don’t know if his season’s come to an end – but it certainly doesn’t look good right now.”
    Edwards said he wasn’t sure what the team would do about its quarterback situation, saying newly signed backup Ingle Martin was not yet ready and Huard’s status was unknown.
    “He’s still too raw,” Edwards said of Martin, who was signed off the Titans’ practice squad. “We’ll have to make a decision. We’ll have to get together this week and decide which way we want to go with our quarterback situation.”
    The Chiefs – no matter the quarterback – were dominated by Tennessee’s vaunted defense. Kansas City gained only 272 total yards, and much of that came when third-stringer Tyler Thigpen led the Chiefs to a 26-yard Nick Novak field goal and his own 14-yard touchdown run in the final 2:49 of the game.
    The Chiefs were dominated up front on both sides of the ball, as the Titans – not exactly considered an offensive juggernaut – rushed for 332 yards. Chris Johnson had 168 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and LenDale White totaled 149 yards and three scores on 17 carries. The Titans averaged 8.3 yards per carry.
    The Chiefs, in contrast, gained only 58 yards on the ground as Larry Johnson was not activated because of violating team rules.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We don’t have any strengths right now,” Edwards said. “It all revolves around being able to move the ball on offense. … You at least have to show some kind of threat.”
    And with a quarterback situation in limbo, a Pro Bowl running back not playing and a defense giving up big plays, threats by the Chiefs are rare.
    CHIEFS SUMMARY
    TITANS 34, CHIEFS 10
    Tennessee       10    7     3    14    —    34
    Kansas City        0    0     0    10    —    10
    First Quarter
    Ten—FG Bironas 49, 7:15.
    Ten—White 6 run (Bironas kick), 2:16.
    Second Quarter
    Ten—White 2 run (Bironas kick), 1:23.
    Third Quarter
    Ten—FG Bironas 46, :20.
    Fourth Quarter
    Ten—White 80 run (Bironas kick), 7:45.
    KC—FG Novak 26, 4:56.
    Ten—Johnson 66 run (Bironas kick), 4:01.
    KC—Thigpen 14 run (Novak kick), 2:37.
    A—74,200.
                                             Ten    KC
    First downs                     20      13
    Total Net Yards           455    272
    Rushes-yards        40-332  17-58
    Passing                         123    214
    Punt Returns                 2-2    2-2
    Kickoff Returns            3-51  7-192
    Interceptions Ret.          0-0    0-0
    Comp-Att-Int            11-18-0    23-37-0
    Sacked-Yards Lost       0-0    3-21
    Punts                          4-43.0   7-47.6
    Fumbles-Lost                  0-0   1-0
    Penalties-Yards            8-55  8-60
    Time of Possession     30:50   29:10
    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
    RUSHING—Tennessee, Johnson 18-168, White 17-149, Ganther 2-11, Hall 1-6, Collins 2-(minus 2). Kansas City, Thigpen 3-21, K.Smith 10-20, Charles 3-17, Huard 1-0.
    PASSING—Tennessee, Collins 11-18-0-123. Kansas City, Huard 9-16-0-96, Thigpen 5-11-0-76, Croyle 9-10-0-63.
    RECEIVING—Tennessee, Scaife 3-48, Crumpler 2-38, Hawkins 2-11, Johnson 2-4, Hall 1-15, White 1-7. Kansas City, Bowe 7-86, Gonzalez 6-97, Charles 4-26, K.Smith 2-5, Cox 2-2, Darling 1-11, Bradley 1-8.
    MISSED FIELD GOALS—Kansas City, Novak 39 (WL), 50 (WR).
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