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Pain, and Losing, Inevitable

September 29, 2000|STEVE SPRINGER

San Diego Charger quarterback Ryan Leaf is sitting out this week's mismatch against the St. Louis Rams because of a sprained right wrist, an injury he received last week while trying unsuccessfully to stop the Seattle Seahawks' Willie Williams from scoring on a 69-yard interception return.

Explaining why he came out after the injury, Leaf said, "I didn't want to stay in the game and end up hurting us."

Of course he could have said that about any game this season.

With the Kansas City Chiefs playing their first Monday night home game in almost two years, owner Lamar Hunt will use Kauffman Stadium to try to break the NFL record for on-site attendance.

Arrowhead Stadium, which has led the NFL in attendance the past five years, is a sellout. So the Chiefs are making about 12,500 tickets available in Kauffman, the neighboring baseball facility in the Truman Sports Complex.

For a $10 ticket and a $15 parking fee--yes, parking costs more than the ticket--fans can come into Kauffman and watch a simulcast of the game on the giant video board.

Despite injuries to quarterback Brian Griese and running back Terrell Davis, the Denver Broncos have scored a conference-high 133 points.

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