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Chiefs' quarterback issues deepen heading into game with Bucs

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October

The Bucs, enjoying a bye week, were able to watch the rest of the NFL play on Sunday.

Among the teams players probably saw play was this weekend’s opponent, the Chiefs. Kansas City lost again, this time to the Ravens, but something a bit bizarre happened in the process.

When embattled quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a head injury in the second half, there appeared to be some cheered coming from the Arrowhead Stadium crowd. Clearly, things are getting ugly in Kansas City.

That prompted a passionate response from offensive tackle Eric Winston.

"We are athletes. We are not gladiators," he said. "This is not the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard-earned money when they come in here, and I believe they can boo, they can cheer and they can do whatever they want. I believe that. We are lucky to play this game. … But when somebody gets hurt, there are long-lasting ramifications to the game we play, long-lasting ramifications to the game we play. I've already kind of come to the understanding that I won't live as long because I play this game, and that's OK, that's a choice I've made and a choice all of us have made.

"But when you cheer, when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don't care who it is – and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel – it's sickening. It's 100 percent sickening. I've been in some rough times on some rough teams, I've never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than in that moment right there."

Wow.

Brady Quinn came in for Cassel and completed 3 of 3 attempts for 32 yards. The Chiefs have a meager passing game and Cassel has been struggling, with a 66.2 quarterback rating this season (second-lowest among starting quarterbacks).

But the Bucs will have to contend with a power running game that is nothing to sneeze at. Running back Jamaal Charles had another impressive day Sunday, rushing 30 times for 140 yards (4.6 yards per carry).

The Bucs have played the run rather well, holding opponents to 3.2 yards per carry in their four games.

[Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 12:11am]

    

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