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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith ruled out with lacerated spleen, absence could affect Ravens' playoff outlook

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith ruled out with lacerated spleen, absence could affect Ravens' playoff outlook
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will miss Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers with a lacerated spleen. (Tom Puskar / Associated Press)

In an injury development that could affect the Ravens' playoff outlook, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers due to a lacerated spleen.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder announced that Smith won't play Sunday because he took a hit to his abdomen.

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With Smith out, that puts a dent in the Chiefs' chances of defeating a Chargers team led by quarterback Philip Rivers.

Chase Daniel will start in place of Smith, who got hurt against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens need the Chargers to lose and the Ravens have to win their game against the Cleveland Browns to earn the sixth AFC playoff spot. Without Smith, the Ravens' playoff chances just took a hit.

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