Friday, October 13, 2006

Chiefs v. Steelers (what are the chances?)

The Steelyard estimates the Steelers' chances of winning Sunday's game at 60 percent. Pittsburgh's injury problems have certainly become significant in recent weeks, but the Chiefs have plenty of injury issues of their own.

At the moment, the Steelers' injury report lists LB James Harrison (ankle), LB Joey Porter (hamstring), and WR Willie Reid (foot) as out; OG Kendall Simmons (foot) as doubtful; CB Deshea Townsend (hamstring) as questionable; and DE Brett Keisel (ribs) and FB Dan Kreider as probable. QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Hines Ward are not listed on the injury report, but it's self-evident that neither Ben nor Hines are anywhere near 100 percent. Apparently, Simmons suffered a frostbite-like burn after applying a cold pack to his foot while watching Monday Night Football.

The last time the Chiefs played in Pittsburgh was on October 29, 1989, with the Steelers winning 23-17. Sunday's game will also feature the return of former Steelers LB Kendrell Bell, who defected to Kansas City via free agency in 2004.


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