Accusations of dirty play from Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali failed to create much of a stir Thursday with the Raiders.

"He's entitled to his own opinion," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen, whose team plays at Kansas City on Sunday.

Hali told the Kansas City Star, "It's a tradition. They come in, they cheap shot, they hit you. I'm not saying any names. It is what it is. We have to get ready to play and keep our composure, stay poised and be able to get this win."

After setting NFL records with 163 penalties for 1,358 yards last year, the Raiders have cut back on penalties, ranking 21st with 40 and 26th in penalty yards with 311. In the last two games, however, they've picked up the pace, with 21 penalties for 168 yards.

Hali also told the Star, "(The Raiders) are coming in and they're a good team and a fast team and they play dirty. We've got to come out swinging."

Fullback Marcel Reece was surprised at the source.

"I could expect it from some other people, but from him I was real surprised because he plays hard, he's a tough guy," Reece said. "To each his own."

Reece added: "If somebody's talking about you, you're doing something right. You're doing something good. We play hard. We don't play dirty."

  • A 53-yard pass on the first play of overtime last Christmas Eve to set up a game-winning field goal by Sebastian Janikowski against the Chiefs ranks among the favorite plays of wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.


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    "That was big because it kept us alive for the playoffs in the AFC West," Heyward-Bey said of a 16-13 win at Arrowhead Stadium.

    It came on the first snap of overtime on a perfectly thrown deep sideline throw from Carson Palmer.

    "That was a heck of a call by Hue Jackson," Heyward-Bey said of the former head coach. "It took a lot of (guts) to make that call. I mean, I like to do stuff like that, and I don't know if I would have called it on the first play."

  • Defensive tackle Desmond Bryant missed practice with an elbow injury, and Allen said he'd have a better idea if he'll be available to face the Chiefs after Friday's practice.

  • Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), safety Mike Mitchell (ankle) and wide receiver Juron Criner (hip) were limited Thursday but were back at practice, indicating they should be ready to play.

    Tight end Richard Gordon was limited again and also could be active after missing three games with a hamstring strain.

  • Allen said he hadn't decided whether Aaron Curry would be reinstated to the 53-man roster for the Chiefs game. He said Curry's likely role upon his return would be as a backup linebacker at all three spots.

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