#Chiefs QB Alex Smith has lacerated spleen & will not play on Sunday vs. #Chargers, per #Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) December 26, 2014
Well, it looks as though, whether the game means some or not for the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Diego Chargers will face their old buddy Chase Daniel at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
Spleens are tricky, especially when it comes to QBs. Technically, you don't need your spleen and plenty of athletes come back from lacerated spleens without issue. However, I always remember Chris Simms getting his young career derailed with a lacerated spleen and never being able to get a starting job again after that. Hopefully, that's not what we're looking at with San Diego-native Alex Smith.
It's been a rough season for the Chiefs and odd injuries. They certainly haven't lived up to the hype, and it's very unlikely that they'll make the playoffs this season. It will be interesting to see if Andy Reid plays the rest of his starters on offense and defense, and how long they actually play against the Chargers.
Either way, this has to bode well for the Chargers, even though they nearly lost to Daniel in Week 17 last year at Qualcomm Stadium. Chase Daniel is not nearly as good as Alex Smith is at QB.