Ethan Johnson #70 and Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs work with defensive coach Anthony Pleasant during the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The list of the walking wounded keeps growing for the Chiefs. The latest named added is Jovan Belcher. Head coach Romeo Crennel said Belcher was complaining of a sore groin. So, Crennel held Belcher out of practice on Thursday.
"After practice, Jovan was complaining about a sore groin so I’m going to hold Jovan today. I’m not going to let him practice and then we’ll see after today where he is with that."
If Belcher cannot play Sunday against Atlanta, Brandon Siler will get the starting nod.
"I don't know if that's the case but if it is, I'll be ready."
The Chiefs have seven players listed on their injury report. All seven players are on the defense. Belcher, Allen Bailey, Anthony Toribio and Kendrick Lewis did not practice Thursday. Derrick Johnson, Jalil Brown and Brandon Flowers were all limited. Crennel's defense may be missing more than just the suspended Tamba Hali for the season opener.
"Hey look, I’ve got what I’ve got and we’re going to go to battle with who we have, and that’s the way you have to do it in this business."
Johnson has been able to practice on his bum ankle on a limited basis. He is hopeful he can suit up on Sunday.
"It's hard to say right now. I'm expecting to play on Sunday...I think I'll get more confidence as the game comes on."
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