Chiefs dealing with more than L.J.

Kansas City running back Larry Johnson has issues and so do the Chiefs.

For the second straight week, Chiefs coach Herm Edwards has announced that Johnson will not be active. Rather than practice this week, Johnson will spend his time dealing with the personal issues that have seeped into his professional life.

It is the biggest issue facing the Chiefs, but far from the only one. Not only did the Chiefs place quarterback Brodie Croyle on the season-ending injured-reserve list, but they also did the same with their most experienced quarterback, Damon Huard, who is battling a thumb injury that prevents him from gripping the football.

Huard’s thumb is going to be in a soft cast for about two weeks and by the time the cast comes off, it will be difficult for him to contribute to Kansas City. In the position they are, the Chiefs figured they would be better off signing another player, and Wednesday, they signed former Saints punter Steve Weatherford, whom New Orleans released Monday. The Chiefs signed Weatherford because their regular punter, Dustin Colquitt, has a strained groin.

Then there is Croyle’s roster spot, which went to former Jaguars quarterback Quinn Gray. So in one day, the Chiefs lost two quarterbacks for the season, signed one quarterback, one punter and recognized as much as ever that rebuilding is painful both physically and mentally.

I’m sure Tony Gonzalez is just thrilled to be in Kansas City.

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