Chiefs signed Vickerson for the longer haul

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In their upcoming game, the Kansas City Chiefs happen to be playing against Kevin Vickerson's former team. That’s a nice coincidence but not the reason they signed the veteran defensive end.

The Chiefs would not only like to get Vickerson on the field Sunday against the Broncos in Denver but in the subsequent 14 games as well.

“He was somebody we were very concerned about last year when we played them," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I told him when he got hurt I felt bad for him, but I can’t tell you I was the saddest guy in the world about [Vickerson being out of Denver’s lineup]. He’s a pretty substantial load there.

“We’ll welcome him in.”

Vickerson’s signing may not work out as they hope, but the Chiefs have plans for Vickerson. He takes the roster spot vacated when starting defensive end Mike DeVito was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Jaye Howard will likely slide into DeVito’s starting spot. But Vance Walker and Vickerson could get into that mix as well.

“Being physical, just being myself, being dominant against the run, just coming in with an attitude," the 328-pound Vickerson said. “I definitely play with a chip on my shoulder.

“I’m just getting the game plan down right now and just trying to get used to the new teammates and get ready to go. I’ll be all right."

Vickerson started the first 11 games for the Broncos last season before his season ended with a hip injury. The injury limited his practice time during the offseason and early in training camp.

“That’s been a question that’s been circling in my area: Are you healthy?" he said. “I’m healthy, yes."

If he does play Sunday, Vickerson’s familiarity with Denver quarterback Peyton Manning can’t hurt.

“Just bring your technique and just get after the ball," Vickerson said. “He gets the ball off fast. ... It’s important not to panic when they do go hurry-up. The main thing is to just keep your composure and just play ball. At the end of the day, if you keep your composure and play ball, everything will work out."