KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Marc Boerigter will undergo knee surgery on Monday and might be lost for the year, throwing Kansas City's tattered wide receiver
corps into even greater disarray.
Boerigter, who seemed ready to rebound from a subpar 2003 season, twisted his right knee in a noncontact play early in the Chiefs' 21-19 exhibition
loss Saturday night to Cleveland.
Coach D. Vermeil said Sunday that doctors believe Boerigter might have suffered ligament damage.
"I'll know more tomorrow after they operate as to what the projections are," Vermeil said. "Personally, I don't believe (Boerigter will return) this
season. That hurt me more than losing the game."
The 6-foot-3 Boerigter totaled 420 yards and eight touchdowns on just 20 catches in 2002, his first year in the NFL. He slumped last season but looked
sharp all through camp, catching four passes for 50 yards last Monday night against St. Louis.
Johnny Morton, slated to start alongside Eddie Kennison at wide receiver, has missed virtually the entire training camp with a sore Achilles' tendon.
Kennison, also slowed by injury, made his first start of the preseason against the Browns.
"I have no clue when (Morton) is coming back," Vermeil said. "He broke a sweat last night in the pregame warmups and that was a positive. But an
Achilles' tendon isn't like dealing with any other injury to your body."
The enfeebled wide receiver group - never a strength in Vermeil's four seasons - may wind up weakening one of the Chiefs' most potent weapons, the
electrifying return game of Dante Hall.
A pro bowler who returned five kicks for touchdowns last year, Hall is also a backup wide receiver. Should he have to shoulder a greater load as a
pass-catcher, Hall would almost certainly be relieved of some of his return duties.
"We'll have to have someone else take maybe a punt return from time to time and/or a (kickoff)," Vermeil said.
"He's not a 210-pound back. He's a physically strong, gifted athlete. But we don't want to wear him out either. It will be a factor."
[Edited on 8/29/2004 by Gibbs Baby!!!]