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Anthony Adams is the defensive tackle who will replace Dusty Dvoracek on the active gameday roster come Sunday. He's also got a role filling in for Dvoracek on the field. While Darwin Walker gets the start in place of Dvoracek at nose tackle, Adams will take his place in the wedge on kickoff returns.

-- Don't look for newly acquired CB Ade Jimoh to dress this week. He needs to figure out what is going on with the defensive playbook before he's active on gameday. He's got a history as a solid special teams performer, averaging more than one tackle per game during four seasons in Washington, and figures to be plugged in as a gunner when he is ready.

-- Chiefs coach Herm Edwards gave an interesting explanation for why Kansas City did not have competition for rookie K Justin Medlock, a fifth-round pick from UCLA, in training camp. Medlock is left-footed, and Edwards reasoned that with P Dustin Colquitt learning how to be the holder, they did not want him flipping around back-and-forth to hold from both sides. They wanted him to practice catching the snap one way and get it right.

It sounds a little out there, but when you think about the importance of the hold -- Tony Romo! -- it's believable.

I took the story to special teams coordinator Dave Toub and he said it was dead on, Edwards was right. Toub explained that when he was in Philadelphia where David Akers is still the kicker, the Eagles made sure the camp leg they brought in every summer was left-footed like Akers. That way the holder never had to catch the ball with his opposite hand.

Medlock, of course, is out and strong-legged and right-footed Dave Rayner is in as the kicker. The Bears tried to bring Rayner on board as competition for Robbie Gould before last season, but lost out on him on the waiver wire to Green Bay.

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