Derrick Johnson Has Potentially 'Significant' Injury, and More AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystAugust 31, 2012

The Kansas City Chiefs could be dealing with another injury to a starter on their defense. Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star tweeted last night that starting inside linebacker Derrick Johnson has an ankle injury and that it "could be significant."


Derrick Johnson has ankle injury that could be significant

— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 31, 2012


The wording of Teicher's tweet is interesting considering Romeo Crennel said that the injuries were "nothing major that I've heard of" in his postgame press conference (via

Teicher responded to Crennel's comment with this tweet:


I aloso heard from other sources that the injuries to Quinn and Johnson might be more than that. Chiefs were still evaluating.

— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 31, 2012


The Chiefs are already dealing with injury and suspension issues with Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers and Kendrick Lewis. Hali will return in Week 2, but the timetables for Flowers and Lewis aren't known.

It's worth noting none of this information made it onto the Kansas City Star's website. 

As Teicher's tweet suggests, Brady Quinn also hurt his neck, and according to Crennel, had neck spasms.

The Chiefs will want to get off to a fast start to prove that they are legitimate contenders in the AFC West and doing so without key contributors will be a big test for Crennel and his new staff.

Here's a quick trip around the AFC West for other must-reads this morning:


Kansas City Chiefs

Teicher also says that Brady Quinn made some big plays in the preseason finale.

Josh Looney of recaps the Chiefs' run-heavy preseason finale.


Denver Broncos

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post says that it's time for quarterback Caleb Hanie to hit the pavement.

Gary Caldwell of says that kick returner Omar Bolden provided a spark in the final preseason game. 


Oakland Raiders

Vic Tafur of the San Franciso Chronicle says that the Raiders' rookie receivers are keepers.

Paul Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area says the Raiders escaped the final preseason game without sustaining a major injury. 


San Diego Chargers

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune says the Chargers should be thankful Antonio Gates is healthy.

Ricky Henne of says that running back Ronnie Brown is finding his groove.