CHIEFS RE­CEIVER THOMAS COULD MISS REST OF SEA­SON

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Chiefs wide re­ceiver DeAn­thony Thomas broke a leg dur­ing prac­tice and could miss the rest of the sea­son, the lat­est in a string of in­juries to be­fall the un­beaten team.

The Chiefs also listed Justin Hous­ton as doubt­ful for Sun­day night’s game against the Pa­tri­ots in New Eng­land with a ham­string in­jury. Free safety Eric Mur­ray has been ruled out with an an­kle in­jury and of­fen­sive line­man Lau­rent Du­ver­nayTardif is out with a bro­ken bone in his leg.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that Thomas was tak­ing part in Thurs­day’s prac­tice when he got stepped on from be­hind, frac­tur­ing the same leg he broke in a game last De­cem­ber. Thomas had surgery to re­pair the break and had a me­tal rod in­serted, though the lat­est break did not dam­age that re­pair.

“He had what we con­sider a freak ac­ci­dent,” Burkholder said. “All in­di­ca­tions are right now that he won’t need surgery and he will heal up on his own, but he will need some time to heal up.”

49ers apol­o­gize to Kaeper­nick.

CALIF.» The San Fran­cisSANTA CLARA, co 49ers are apol­o­giz­ing for ini­tially leav­ing Colin Kaeper­nick out of a photo gallery cel­e­brat­ing the team’s his­tory against the Green Bay Pack­ers.

The team posted dozens of pho­tos on its web­site of past games against the Pack­ers be­fore the teams meet again Mon­day night with­out at first in­clud­ing any of Kaeper­nick.

The team later added pho­tos of Kaeper­nick. This is the first photo gallery the team has run this year but pic­tures of Kaeper­nick were in­cluded in all seven photo gal­leries posted on the team’s web­site last year.

“Un­for­tu­nately there were a hand­ful of ob­vi­ous misses in this gallery posted by our web­site team and we ap­pre­ci­ate them be­ing brought to our at­ten­tion,” the team said in a state­ment. “The 49ers or­ga­ni­za­tion has tremen­dous re­spect and grat­i­tude for the con­tri­bu­tions Colin made to our team over the years.”

Kaeper­nick set an NFL record for quar­ter­backs by rush­ing for 181 yards in a play­off win against Green Bay on Jan. 12, 2013, threw for 413 yards in a sea­son­open­ing win against the Pack­ers in 2013, and led a win­ning drive to win a play­off game in Green Bay on Jan. 5, 2014.

Crosby looks to bounce back.

WISC.» Ma­son Crosby sur­vived BAY, one of the worst sea­sons of his ca­reer by putting to­gether five of his best.

The vet­eran Green Bay Pack­ers kicker isn’t look­ing at what hap­pened in 2012, when he made just 21 of 33 field­goal at­tempts, as a path­way to bounc­ing back from a night­mar­ish per­for­mance last week at De­troit.

Crosby missed four field goals and an ex­tra point, those 13 lost points loom­ing large in a 31­23 loss Sun­day. He had never missed more than two kicks in a game in his 12­year ca­reer.

“I look at what hap­pened on Sun­day as I’m lump­ing it into one kick, one en­tity,” Crosby said Fri­day. “That was a game, that was a mo­ment, that I couldn’t have ever imag­ined hap­pen­ing, but it did hap­pen and I can learn from it. I don’t re­set, I don’t go look­ing for things. It’s more, all right, get back into it. What am I go­ing to do bet­ter this week? How am I go­ing to im­prove?”

That’s what the Pack­ers are count­ing on head­ing into Mon­day night’s game against San Fran­cisco.

Pios top Fal­cons.

The 10th­ranked Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver hockey team opened the sea­son with a vic­tory Fri­day, knock­ing off in­state ri­val Air Force, 4­1.

The Pioneers got goals from Jake Dur­flinger, Ian Mitchell, Emilio Pet­tersen and Cole Guttman. Pet­tersen also had two as­sists.

Air Force’s goal came on a power play in the sec­ond pe­riod via Evan Giesler.

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