From the Truman Sports Complex
Kendrick Lewis says he’s ready to play and he declared himself active for Sunday’s game in Tampa.
The third-year free safety still has to get the stamp of approval from head coach Romeo Crennel, but Lewis said after practice on Thursday that his shoulder has healed to the point that he’s ready to play and that he worked with the No. 1 defense this week in practice.
“I’m saying I’m feeling good, I’m feeling confident and ready to go out and help my team,” he said.
Lewis suffered the right shoulder injury in the Chiefs pre-season game back in the middle of August against the Rams in St. Louis. He missed the final two pre-season games and then the first five games of the 2012 season. He played most of the 2011 season with a separated shoulder but did not go to the sidelines largely because his running mate at safety Eric Berry was out for the season with a knee injury. It led to off-season surgery for Lewis.
This time there was no surgery, but it’s only been in the last week to 10 days that Lewis says his shoulder has felt like it should. Crennel wanted to see him in contact work during practice, but the head coach allowed earlier Thursday that while Lewis took part in Wednesday’s limited contact in a practice with full pads, he still wasn’t sure if his safety was ready. “It’s one of those you really won’t know until you get to the game and he gets to play,” said Crennel.
Lewis wants that time to be now.
“Right now my shoulder is feeling better than it has,” Lewis said. “The soreness and pain that I was feeling has gone away, so now I am able to do things and not worry about it. I’m just going out there now and playing football.”
The rest of the injury news:Â
RB Peyton Hillis (ankle), DE Glenn Dorsey (calf), QB Matt Cassel (concussion), WR Devon Wylie (hamstring) WR Jon Baldwin (hamstring) and RB Cyrus Gray (illness) did not take part in Thursday’s practice. Those first four will be among the seven inactive players declared on game day. Both Hillis and Dorsey were off the stationary bikes and walking with some light jogging so they are making progress. Gray is expected back on Friday and should be good to go for Sunday’s game. Baldwin took part in some of the position drills.
Limited in practice participation on Thursday according to the Chiefs were RB Shaun Draughn (ankle) and C Ryan Lilja (back). All were practicing with their position groups during the media window into practice. Listed as full participants in practice were CB Jalil Brown (hamstring), DE Ropati Pitoitua (elbow) and Lewis.
The Chiefs re-signed DB Neiko Thorpe to their practice squad. They promoted him last Saturday to the active roster and he played in Sunday’s game on special teams. Thorpe was released from the active roster on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay listed only DT Roy Miller (back) as a did not practice. Full participants were G Carl Nicks (toe), OT Jeremy Trueblood (illness) and CB Eric Wright (illness).
Also, the Buccaneers made it official today, saying that Sunday’s game against the Chiefs will be blacked out in the Tampa-St. Pete area because it was not a sellout. Many â thousands â tickets remain available for the game.