Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Injury Puts Okoye out for Season Kc Back Sidelined by Knee Problems

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Injury Puts Okoye out for Season Kc Back Sidelined by Knee Problems

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Running back Christian Okoye, the Kansas City Chiefs' career rushing leader, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and will miss the entire season.

Okoye, who has a knee injury, was one of four players placed on injured reserve.

"I don't want to speculate on his future," coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "This offense is geared to a different style. We're headed in a different direction, and we have to be concerned with the guys who are with us right now."

A 260-pound Nigerian who played at Azusa Pacific, Okoye is in his seventh season in the National Football League, all with the Chiefs. He started only five games last season, when he had a career-low 448 yards. He has 4,897 heading into this season.

Joining Okoye on injured reserve for the season were running backs Wes Bender and Trevor Cobb, both rookies, and center Chris Thome, a free agent who has been with Minnesota, Cleveland and the New York Giants.

Cobb has a knee injury, Bender a foot injury and Thome a thumb injury.

Patriots: Drew Bledsoe, No. 1 pick in the draft, is on the verge of becoming New England's No. 1 quarterback.

Coach Bill Parcells announced that Bledsoe will start the exhibition finale against Kansas City on Friday night and presumably open the season as No. 1.

Parcells hedged on his statement that the starter in the Kansas City game would start the season-opener Sept. 5 in Buffalo. Scott Zolak and Scott Secules are the other quarterbacks.

"I reserve the right to change my mind," Parcells said.

Bledsoe, a Washington State product, has completed 28 of 52 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns in three exhibitions. He played the entire game Friday against Green Bay, completing 19 of 29 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-17 victory.

Giants: Linebacker Corey Widmer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. There was no immediate word on how long he will be out.

Matt Bahr, who has kicked for the Giants since 1990, got the place-kicking job again this year because he proved to coach Dan Reeves that he was more consistent than Todd Peterson, the Giants' eighth-round draft choice out of Georgia.

But others may get a look. Topping the list are Brad Daluiso and David Treadwell, both released by Reeves' old team, the Denver Broncos. …

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