From the Truman Sports Complex
While the big news of Tuesday was the return to practice of QB Matt Cassel, there were other players and their injuries that drew mention as the Chiefs began two days of bye week practices at their facility.
For the first time since September 23rd when he suffered a high ankle sprain, RB Peyton Hillis was back working in practice with his teammates. Hillis has missed the last three games and did not take part in any football practices during that period. He was with the running backs as they went through their positional drills early in Tuesday’s practice.
According to head coach Romeo Crennel, RB Jamaal Charles was limited in his practice work because of a bruised back that he suffered last Sunday against Tampa Bay.
DE Glenn Dorsey was still in the rehab area on Tuesday, riding the stationary bike and pushing a weighted sled. He’s been out for several weeks due to a calf injury. WR Devon Wylie was on the same rehab schedule as Dorsey, as he tries to get his hamstring feeling well enough that he can get back on the field.
Crennel also said that C Ryan Lilja (back) and TE Steve Maneri (ankle) would be limited in the number of practice snaps they would see this week.
The coach made it plain that if it was up to him, the Chiefs would have at least three practices this week and less time off. The labor agreement between players and owners guarantees players Thursday through Sunday off during the bye week.
“There is a lot that needs to be done in the improvement area,” Crennel said. “But we have to work within the structure that we have. You can’t change it, so you have to make the best of it.”