Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson,
coming off perhaps the most productive two-game stretch of his
five-year career, said Thursday that he has an injured groin and will
not play Sunday at Philadelphia.
"Bad timing," he said.
Indeed. As the Chiefs prepare to face the Eagles' high-scoring and
multi-dimensional offense, which is almost definitely to include the
Wildcat formation, Kansas City needs as many playmakers on defense as
possible. Demorrio Williams is expected to start alongside Corey Mays
at the other inside position. Johnson had famously run with the
third-team defense the past three weeks after a hamstring injury slowed
him during the preseason.
Johnson said he thought he would only miss this week's contest and
could return next week. He did not practice Thursday and said he
expected to travel with the team to Philadelphia.