Starter Page put on IR by Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs could be down to their third-team free safety at Jacksonville on Sunday. They're also working cornerbacks at the safety position to use in an emergency.
The Chiefs (1-6) announced Tuesday that three-year starter Jarrad Page was going on injured reserve. But veteran Jon McGraw, who had started the past two games in Page's place, is also hobbled and may not play.
That will bring DaJuan Morgan over from backup strong safety and may even give reserve cornerback Maurice Leggett some time at the spot. Leggett played some safety in college, so the position would not be new.
"It's an area of concern, obviously, for us," coach Todd Haley said Wednesday. "But we've been cross-training some of those corners to be alert in emergency situations if we were to have something happen. But it's an area of concern right now. It will be tenuous to say the least as we go forward, at least for this week."
Leggett, who signed with the Chiefs as a rookie free agent last year, made three starts at cornerback in 2008. He played safety for a time at Division II powerhouse Valdosta State.
"He's gotten a bunch of reps," Haley said. "Being out there and actually running routes is a little different. But I feel like at least we're ahead of the curve with him and having a little foresight in the big picture to understand that one of those guys might have to play there at some point."
That will leave Mike Brown as the only experienced safety.
"We'll be OK. You only need two [safeties]," said Brown, the starting strong safety. "It does hurt losing Jarrad and Jon. They're very good players. But DaJuan is going to step in and play well. He's young and ready to play and got a little juice in him. He's excited. This is a great opportunity for him to show what he can do, to show the Chiefs fans what he's all about."
The Chiefs also said they had signed free-agent cornerback Travis Daniels. He attended training camp with the Chiefs this year but was released before the season began. He made 26 starts with the Miami Dolphins from 2005 to 2007.
Page had made 39 starts since he was taken in the seventh round in 2006.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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