Colts lose two defenders against Chiefs

Updated: January 12, 2004, 3:49 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Colts safety Idrees Bashir separated his right shoulder, forcing him from Sunday's AFC playoff game against the Chiefs late in the first half.

Bashir did not return to start the second half. He was replaced by rookie Donald Strickland, who started the last nine games because of injuries to Bashir and Mike Doss.

Bashir was hurt on a play when Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez was called for offensive pass interference, negating a 27-yard touchdown pass with 2:17 to go in the half.

Bashir missed seven games this season with a dislocated right shoulder. He returned for the regular-season finale against Houston two weeks ago.

He was the second Indianapolis player to leave Sunday's game with a separated shoulder. Middle linebacker Rob Morris separated his left shoulder on the Chiefs' first series and stayed in for a couple plays before being replaced by rookie free agent Gary Brackett.

Morris returned on the Colts' next series wearing a brace and played the rest of the half.

Tight end Marcus Pollard also limped off the field with what appeared to be an injured right ankle in the closing seconds of the half. He returned for the Colts' first offensive play, then removed himself from the game. Pollard came back on the Colts' next series and caught a 13-yard pass.

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