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Alex Smith out for Kansas City Chiefs with lacerated spleen
Alex Smith out for Kansas City Chiefs with lacerated spleen

The Kansas City Chiefs' dim playoff hopes were dealt another blow Friday. Quarterback Alex Smith will not play in the Chiefs' regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday because of a lacerated spleen, the team announced. Team trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters that Smith suffered the injury after taking a hit during the third quarter of last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith won't need to undergo surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Burkholder said the exact nature of the injury was not immediately obvious until after Smith underwent a body scan Thursday. Smith managed to practice Tuesday and Wednesday despite feeling...

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