Chiefs GM Brett Veach talks safeties: Daniel Sorensen timetable Youth Chris Conley Jersey , Ron Parker and the new acquisition The Kansas City Chiefs kept five safeties at the 53-man roster deadline on Saturday afternoon—Eric Berry, Jordan Lucas, Eric Murray, Armani Watts and Daniel Sorensen.Ron Parker is reportedly in that mix, but the Chiefs have yet to reveal exactly how Parker fits as of this writing. What general manager Brett Veach did provide was the first update we have heard on Sorensen in a long time.(Note: Veach acknowledged that Chiefs vice president of sports medicine and performance Rick Burkholder will be speaking in detail on the injury on Wednesday)“Those things—six weeks, that’s right around the time of the designate-to-return type of deal,” Veach said of Sorensen. “We're hoping to get him back—we’re hoping he plays at least half the season. I would say my hope would be he’d be ready by Week 8. Again, Rick will have more information on that (Wednesday), but you know how those things can go. If you have one little setback, it could be longer. If the guy does better than anticipate, maybe it’s even sooner than that, but I would think that halfway point would be a logical guess n my end.” Veach’s words give me the feeling the Chiefs will be placing Sorensen on the injured reserve with a designation to return , and in his place, Parker will be added to the active roster.The Chiefs also made a move to add a depth safety from the Miami Dolphins prior to the deadline in Jordan Lucas. Veach revealed the Chiefs almost poached the 25-year-old Lucas from the Dolphins’ practice squad last season.Jordan Lucas doing a little celebrating. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images“We like his ability to play in space and to cover, and he’s another guy—he plays (special) teams,” Veach said. “He’s a really good teams players—he stuck on Miami the last few years as one of their better teams guys. He's a guy that we like because of his corner background and rounding out the back end of that safety roster, he can play special teams.”Veach was also asked how much Berry’s lingering heel injury played into the Chiefs’ decision to trade for Lucas and sign Parker back.“I think you factor in everything, and we’re excited to get Eric Berry back and get him in the mix here,” Veach said. “Any time—whether it be a Ron Parker or anybody—you can add that can come in and help a young core that’s played here, knows the system, it’s something that’s always going to be advantageous, so I just think you do your homework and you kind of just see where you at.“If you have room to carry a guy that is familiar with the scheme and familiar with the coaching staff and a guy that obviously we really like—we had a nice long run here with him. If it works out, we’ll see. I think you’re always going to keep those options open and if it presents itself, you go ahead and pull the trigger.” The Kansas City Chiefs are missing their star running back Dustin Colquitt Jersey , likely without his backup and could have their top two wide receivers hobbled or shelved for their crucial AFC West showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.They still have Patrick Mahomes, though.And they’re still playing the Chargers.Yes, the Chargers (10-3) are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, having won three straight and nine of 10 to close within a game of Kansas City (11-2) in the division race.But the Chargers also have had about as much luck against the Chiefs as the Redskins have had with quarterbacks this year, losing nine straight and many of them in lopsided fashion.That includes this season’s opener in Los Angeles, when Mahomes announced his arrival to the NFL with his first four touchdown passes in the Chiefs’ 38-28 victory at StubHub Center.“We’re familiar with this group, but they do so many things. It’s never easy going up against Kansas City,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.“Go back to September. You can go back to last year, to 2017, when we lost to those guys twice 鈥?same things. They are just really good.”The Chiefs have continued to play at a high level despite some personnel challenges.Running back Kareem Hunt was released nearly two weeks ago because of off-the-field issues, and new starter Spencer Ware hurt his hamstring last Sunday against Baltimore.Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is likely to miss Thursday night’s game with a lingering foot problem, and speedster Tyreek Hill is nursing wrist and heel injuries Authentic Justin Houston Jersey , but has insisted all week that he’ll be ready.“One thing we have been talking about all season long, you never know when your number is going to be called, so it is important that you are ready,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said. “It’s all hands on deck. When it’s all said and done, we go out and play.”Besides, it’s not as if the Chargers haven’t had injury issues of their own.Running back Melvin Gordon is expected to be a game-time decision after spraining his right knee against Arizona and missing the past two games. His primary backup, Austin Ekeler, is likely out after hurting his neck and sustaining a concussion in last week’s win over the Bengals.“I’ve been grinding hard to get back,” Gordon said. “I know Coach (Lynn) is trying to be careful and doesn’t want me to further hurt myself or things like that. So we’ll see where that goes.”If he’s unable to play, rookie Justin Jackson would get his first NFL start.“What is it, Week 15 in the NFL? These things happen,” Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. “We’ll see who shows up Thursday and go from there.”As the Chiefs and Chargers prepare to meet Youth Steven Nelson Jersey , here are things to knowIVISION RACEThe Chiefs can clinch their third straight AFC West title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win. But even with a loss, the Chiefs would hold the tiebreaker over the Chargers by virtue of their better division record. Los Angeles needs a win to clinch its first postseason trip since the 2013 season.“Both teams are going to be all hyped up and ready to go,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who is 11-3 against the Chargers in his career.BERRY’S BACK, MAYBEThere have been signs this week that Chiefs safety Eric Berry will make his season debut against the Chargers. Berry sustained a season-ending injury in last year’s opener, then hurt his heel early in training camp.“It is killing him not to be out there,” Reid said, “but at the same time, you want to be smart with it. I know he would like to play in the game.”RIVERS RUNS THROUGH ITMahomes has been getting all the attention, but Chargers counterpart Philip Rivers has been nearly as good this season. He already has 29 touchdown passes, five shy of his career best, and his interception rate is the lowest of his career.But Rivers also has struggled against the Chiefs Allen Bailey Jersey , throwing 14 interceptions during the Chargers’ nine-game losing streak. “He’s a guy who can make all the throws,” Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller said.BENJAMIN’S DEBUTThe Chiefs hope wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who was cut by the Bills and signed with Kansas City last week, will be active for the game. Benjamin would provide a big body on the outside and some additional depth with Watkins likely to be out.SHORT WEEKBoth teams dismissed the challenges of playing on a short week, especially given how well they know each other. But the Chiefs also were at home Sunday, and the Chargers will be traveling across two time zones to Arrowhead Stadium, one of the toughest venues in the NFL.“We have a lot to prepare for,” Lynn said, “and like I said, it’s going to be more of a mental week. So we have to find ways to get that done.”