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Q and A on possible trades and more

Here is this week's edition of the Kansas City Chiefs mailbag. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) with the tag #ChiefsMail.

@adamteicher: It's difficult to predict whether the Chiefs will make a move before Tuesday's trade deadline. I don't think they will trade backup quarterback Chase Daniel and it would be a mistake if they did unless they receive something overwhelming in return. Even though the Chiefs are just 3-3, they're playing well enough to think they have a reasonable shot at making the playoffs and at winning a game if they do. But if the Chiefs trade Daniel, that leaves only rookie Aaron Murray in reserve. So the Chiefs would be gambling their season on whether Alex Smith will remain durable and last the rest of the way. As things are, the Chiefs can be confident they can win with Daniel as their quarterback, if they need him. They can't be confident about that with Murray as their quarterback.

@adamteicher: Minimal for Jackson. He's a good receiver but he's going to be 32 in January. He can be expected to lose his skills anytime because all players at his position do. He makes a ton of money so the Chiefs would have a significant chunk of their salary cap tied up in Jackson and Dwayne Bowe, two over-30 wide receivers. Plus, it might take a decent draft pick to get him out of Tampa Bay. So I don't see it happening.

@adamteicher: The Chiefs benched cornerback Marcus Cooper because he wasn't playing well. Pro Football Focus had him going into last week's game as the 102nd-rated cornerback among 103. So the Chiefs were looking at options and thought Jamell Fleming deserved a shot. Fleming wasn't great as a starter last week against San Diego but wasn't burned for big plays like Cooper had been. I expect Fleming will start again Sunday against the Rams at Arrowhead Stadium.

@adamteicher: The Chiefs might have no choice but to play rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson more against the Rams. One starting receiver, Donnie Avery, won't play. Slot receiver Junior Hemingway looks like a game-time decision. If he doesn't play, Wilson should get some snaps. It's not certain that Eric Berry will be back on Sunday but if he is, Ron Parker might get some work at both safety and corner. He's played well enough that the Chiefs need to find a role for him in one or more of their sub packages.

@adamteicher: I'm not a betting man. But my guess at this point is that Berry doesn't play Sunday against the Rams but returns for next week's game against the New York Jets.

@adamteicher: This is in reference to Jamaal Charles talking about having concussion symptoms during last week's game but, according to the Chiefs, passing his concussion tests. I think the circumstances and the importance speak to why it's such a big story. I agree with you about Brandon Flowers, the San Diego cornerback who was eventually knocked out of the Chiefs game last week because of his own concussion.