Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Winston had a strong reaction to fans at Arrowhead Stadium who cheered when KC quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter.

We are athletes. We are not gladiators,” Winston told the Kansas City Star. “This isn’t the Roman Colisseum. People pay their hard-earned money to come in here. I believe they can boo, they can cheer, they can do whatever they want … we’re lucky to play this game. It’s hard economic times, and they still pay the money to do this.

“But when somebody gets hurt … there are long-lasting ramifications to the game we play … I’ve already come to the understanding I probably won’t live as long because I play this game. And that’s OK. That’s the choice I’ve made. That’s the choice all of us made. But when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel, it’s sickening. It’s 100 percent sickening. I’ve been in some rough times on some rough teams. I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life to play football than at that moment right there.”

Some fans in Kansas City have been calling for backup Brady Quinn to get a shot to start as the Chiefs dipped to 1-4 following Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.