Chiefs’ Breaston calls benching ‘unexpected’

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Kansas City wide receiver Steve Breaston, expected to be a big part of the offense after coming over from the Arizona Cardinals, instead has no role right now on a dismal Chiefs team.

Breaston was benched by the Chiefs before Monday night's overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Asked to explain his situation, Breaston told the Kansas City Star, “It’s probably unexpected, but I’m really not worried about myself. I’m worried about how we can win a game around here. That’s the biggest thing. My situation is smaller than what this team is going through.”

True enough, but on the other hand, if Breaston had been playing better this season, perhaps the Chiefs would at least be a fraction better than 1-8.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Breaston has simply not been making enough plays to warrant playing time.

“What’s happened a little bit is that he hasn’t made as many plays, so this past game he took the backseat so that we could get a younger player up to see what the younger player could do,” Crennel said. “He’s a veteran player, and some young guys might have a little more quickness and a little bit more speed, and if you as a coach want to take a look at that speed, you have to make a move. So I did.”

Devon Wiley replaced Breaston on the active roster and the rookie receiver played only a handful of snaps.

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