Chiefs planning for less of Poe Sunday?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nose tackle Dontari Poe has been as close to an iron man as the Kansas City Chiefs have seen from one of their defensive linemen in a long time. The 346-pound Poe has rarely come out of the lineup this season, a testament to his physical conditioning as well as his value to the Chiefs.

This week’s signing of Jerrell Powe could be aimed at providing some rest for Poe on running downs. The 331-pound Powe is more capable of holding the nose than Anthony Toribio and Kyle Love, two defensive linemen the Chiefs had on their roster this season.

Both have since been released.

“Jerrell is a pure nose guard,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “That’s kind of his deal. We have had some guys in here that I thought were good football players [but they] were probably more [defensive ends] than pure nose. He gives you the flexibility of giving Dontari in our base look a rest. [General manager John Dorsey] thought that was important and we’re on board with that. We understand.

“He’s somebody the coaches feel comfortable with.’’

The Chiefs on Sunday are facing the Redskins in Washington. The Redskins lead the league in rushing, so the Chiefs could be spending more time in their base defense on Sunday than they normally do.

That base defense could include some of Powe and less of Poe than usual.

“We’ll see how it goes,’’ Reid said. “That base unit is going to play a little bit this week. Their run game is the best in the National Football League, so they’re going to play a little bit.’’