From the Truman Sports Complex
Andy Reid put his team through the last practice of the week on a muggy Thursday afternoon at their facility. Just ahead is a trip to Pittsburgh on Friday and then pre-season game No. 3 on Saturday against the Steelers at Heinz Field.
It was a shorter practice than most, about 90 to 100 minutes as they prepared for facing the Steelers. A lot of the session was dedicated to working against the Pittsburgh offense and defense as the coaching staff game planned more for this game than the previous pre-season games.
Reid would not get pinned down after practice about how much time his starters would see on Saturday.
“We’ll see how it goes and how it all plays out,” Reid said. “I’ve done different things over the years. We’ll get a feel for the game and go from there.”
The normal plan for most teams in most pre-seasons is the starters will come out of the locker room at half-time and get a few snaps in, before giving way to the guys scrambling to make the roster. There may be more mixing and matching of players from different levels just to get individual players extra snaps.
Only 2 players among the 90-man roster did not take part in at least some of Thursday’s practice. OL Donald Stephenson (shoulder) and TE Travis Kelce (bruised knee) worked on rehab. DB Sanders Commings trying to come back from a clavicle injury, worked with the secondary in position drills, but then went to the rehab area. WR Dexter McCluster battled the flu bug that’s gone through the team this week, but was able to practice.
Everyone else was working, including S Quintin Demps, who missed time earlier this week because of that same flu.
A couple of players coming off injuries did not get many snaps in practice β CB Dunta Robinson (shoulder) and WR Tyler Shoemaker. RT Eric Fisher appeared to be a full-go as he took the bulk of the snaps on Thursday.
Other than the addition of WR Donnie Avery, the starting offense looked as it has in previous games. The No. 1 defense fielded all the same players, and when they went to the sub-package it was S Husain Abdullah coming on the field in place of Robinson.
When the starters are off the field, young safeties Malcolm Bronson, Bradley McDougald and Otha Foster look like they will get the opportunity for snaps with the No. 2 defense, ahead of veterans Abdullah, Demps and Tysyn Hartman.