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Chiefs, Chargers changed after injuries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- News on the injuries to Tamba Hali and Justin Houston should be in sometime Monday. It's not a good omen that in the Arrowhead Stadium locker room after Sunday's 41-38 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Hali (ankle) was on crutches while Houston (elbow) had his arm in a sling.

Meantime, Philip Rivers after the game had some interesting things to say about how the Chiefs changed their defense without their two top pass-rushers and how the Chargers also changed their approach.

On the Chiefs, Rivers said, "It seemed like early in the game, they were going to play with coverage [and] rush with four, maybe bring [linebacker Derrick Johnson] a little bit. When those two guys got hurt, it seemed like they went to a more exotic blitz package, bringing [Brandon] Flowers, bringing [Eric] Berry, bringing an extra guy in the slot. It obviously affected them, losing those two guys. They're great players."

On what the Chargers did differently after Hali and Houston left the game, Rivers said, "Some of the things we had [planned] on third down ... we just continued to call and it was good versus coverage or pressure. It didn't change us other than maybe it allowed our backs to get out a little quicker. We had a plan for them to have an emphasis on chipping Hali and Houston and when those guys went out, it wasn't as much of an emphasis."