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Chiefs’ win over Jets proves to be costly one


Patrick Surtain was one of four Chiefs starters injured.
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Patrick Surtain was one of four Chiefs starters injured. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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One look at the injury list is enough to keep the Kansas City Chiefs’ 27-7 victory over the visiting New York Jets in sobering perspective.

Four starters went down, including Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain and 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf. Defensive tackle Ryan Sims has a foot injury.

Surtain was injured at the end of one of the day’s most explosive plays. With perfect timing, he intercepted Chad Pennington’s pass and then turned upfield 53 yards before guard Brandon Moore brought him down hard.

He lay on the ground several minutes and then walked off on wobbly legs with what was described as a concussion.

After the Chiefs scored 17 points on their first three possessions, Roaf came out with a hamstring. Also out was Pro Bowl fullback Tony Richardson with what was described as a knee sprain.

Coach Dick Vermeil indicated Surtain, Sims and Richardson would not be out long. He said he doubted Roaf would be ready for next week’s game at Oakland.

Broncos lose two key players

The Denver Broncos lost running back Mike Anderson and Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey to injuries in Sunday’s 34-10 loss at Miami, and their status for next week’s game was uncertain.

Anderson bruised his ribs, and Bailey separated his left shoulder.

Anderson went to the locker room early in the first quarter, then returned to the bench, and Tatum Bell took his place in the lineup.

Bailey was hurt making a tackle on the first play of the second half.

Tomlinson ties record

LaDainian Tomlinson scored a touchdown rushing in his 13th straight game to tie the NFL record shared by John Riggins and George Rogers.

Tomlinson scored on a 2-yard run to give San Diego a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys.

Riggins scored in 13 straight games for the Washington Redskins in 1982-83. Rogers did it for the Redskins in 1985-86.

Feagles tops punts list

New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles set an NFL record for most career punts.

The 18-year veteran’s fourth punt of the game against the Arizona Cardinals gave him 1,368 for his career, one more than Sean Landeta.

Feagles, 39, has played for New England, Philadelphia, Arizona and Seattle in addition to the Giants.

Titans cut Edwards before game

Wide receiver Troy Edwards, expected to return punts for the Tennessee Titans in the season opener against Pittsburgh, was released hours before game time and wide receiver Andrae Thurman was promoted from the practice squad.

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