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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : AFC : Checkpoint Was Sore Spot to Chief Fans

Associated Press

Motorists had their own message Tuesday about the sobriety checkpoint run by police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol on westbound Interstate 435 near Arrowhead Stadium after Kansas City’s 29-23 overtime victory over San Diego on Monday night: It was not a very good idea.

Thousands of fans ran into a sea of brake lights on I-435, the main conduit from the stadium to the Kansas-side suburbs.

From there, they inched forward another mile until reaching the checkpoint.

With the game ending at 11:42 p.m., the delay was not welcome. Motorists reported spending an hour to 90 minutes in the traffic jam, with some people not arriving home until 2:30 a.m.

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Officers stopped 4,680 vehicles and arrested 21 people on drunken driving charges and two on drug possession charges.

“It was really an inconvenience. I’d like to know who the idiot was who thought of the idea to have the checkpoint there,” said Chief season ticket-holder Jeff Smith of Olathe, Kan.

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San Diego quarterback Stan Humphries is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Dallas after suffering a bruised right rotator cuff in the Chargers’ loss to Kansas City.

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Humphries said he doesn’t think the injury is as bad as the deep shoulder bruise he sustained in the exhibition finale in 1993. Humphries tried to play through that injury, but was bothered by it in the first four games and finally was forced to the bench.

If Humphries can’t play against Dallas (5-1), Gale Gilbert will make the fourth start of his 10-year career.

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Oakland offensive tackle Gerald Perry was sentenced to three years’ probation for firing a pistol out of a car window Nov. 12 on La Brea Avenue.

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Perry, 30, pleaded no contest on March 24 to one count of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. He has already fulfilled an order to complete a six-month alcohol abuse prevention program, perform 200 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.

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Veteran receiver Ricky Sanders, who has not played this season, was waived by the Miami Dolphins and said he may retire.

Sanders, 33, had been declared inactive for the first five games this season.

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Miami released Sanders to make room on the roster for quarterback Doug Pederson. Dan Marino will sit out at least one game because of hip and knee injuries and will be replaced by Bernie Kosar.

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Wide receiver Jeff Query, pushed into the background last season with the emergence of rookie Darnay Scott, was released by the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Jacksonville placed tight end Derek Brown and linebacker Reggie Clark on injured reserve. Brown has been sidelined since suffering a broken rib, a lacerated spleen and bruised kidney in the Jaguars’ exhibition finale Aug. 25 against Denver. Clark injured his right knee last week against Pittsburgh.


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