From the Truman Sports Complex
It was not a normal Wednesday practice for the Chiefs as they went without shoulder pads.
Head coach Romeo Crennel wanted to give them whatever help he could in overcoming the soreness of playing Monday night and not having a true day off this week.
Under perfect weather conditions β sunny, warm and a light breeze β they went through a slightly abbreviated session, the first chance they’ve had to prepare for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.
Missing from the practice field were WR Jon Baldwin, RG Jon Asamoah and TE Jake O’Connell. Baldwin suffered either head or neck injuries, or both, against Pittsburgh. In the second half he landed helmet first on the Heinz Field turf and was momentarily woozy. He did not return to the game and Crennel said he would have to pass all the NFL concussion testing before he can get back on the field.
Asamoah suffered a right thumb injury and the fact he was not on the field for the first part of the practice is an indication the injury could be a problem.
O’Connell has a high ankle sprain that he suffered in Pittsburgh and it’s doubtful he’ll be available for the next couple weeks. That’s the major reason the Chiefs added Lincoln Prep-Central Missouri State TE Demarco Cosby to the practice squad. Cosby was wearing No. 48 in Wednesday’s session.
Other injured players listed by Crennel included NT Dontari Poe (knee), TE Steve Maneri (ankle) and WR Dwayne Bowe (thigh). All were participating in the early part of practice that’s open to the media and is largely positional drills and they were listed as limited. QB Brady Quinn (concussion) was a full participant.
The Bengals practice/injury report was this:
DID NOT PRACTICE β CB Adam Jones (calf), WR Marvin Jones (knee), S Reggie Nelson (hamstring), TD Devon Still.
LIMITED PRACTICE β LB Vontaze Burfict (elbow), DB Nate Clements (knee), C Jeff Faine (hamstring), S Taylor Mays (knee).
Nelson, Still and Marvin Jones did not play last Sunday against the N.Y. Giants.