Brandon Flowers day to day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The inflammation in Brandon Flowers' knee that knocked the Chiefs starting cornerback from last Thursday night's game lingered Monday as Kansas City began preparations for Sunday's game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium.

Flowers did not practice Monday.

"It's a day-to-day thing,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "It's just a matter of him getting through it. He's trying. The kid is so stinking tough. We want to make sure it's right and he can function out there at the speed he functions at. He plays that position where you've got to go. You're going against guys that can really go.

"He wants to be out there. It's ripping his heart out that he's not.''

Flowers was listed with a sore knee on the Chiefs' injury report last week before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The decision whether he would play was not made until game day.

Flowers played most of the game but left in the fourth quarter, saying afterward that his knee wouldn't hold up any longer.