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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 5:03 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even though most of the Chiefs starters will likely sit out the majority Sunday's game at san Diego, it could be up to backup quarterback Chase Daniel and a slew of backups to give Kansas City some momentum headed into the postseason. Kansas City is already locked into the No. 5 seed and is merely waiting to find out who it will face the following weekend. But after winning their first nine games, the Chiefs have lost four of their last six and could use any positive vibes they can muster heading into the playoffs.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds he'll be ready for the St. Louis Rams' season finale at Seattle. The eighth overall pick of the draft has missed the last two games. Earlier in the week, coach Jeff Fisher said Austin was improved. Rookie safety T.J. McDonald also did not practice yesterday because of illness, and running back Daryl Richardson (hamstring) was out after being limited Wednesday.

(Information in the following story is from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for the St. Louis Rams have filed a tax appeal with the state of Missouri, seeking a refund of about $400,000. The Rams have also asked the state to forgive an additional $445,000 in unpaid taxes. So far, the state has refused to give any money back to the NFL team.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Michigan freshman quarterback Shane Morris will start in place of Devin Gardner in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Gardner sustained a turf toe injury in the Wolverines' final regular-season game against Ohio State and showed up in Arizona wearing a protective boot. Morris will make his first college start against Kansas State after Gardner was unable to practice Wednesday.

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