From Arrowhead Stadium
If the early portion of Friday morning’s practice is any indication, the Chiefs may have a very jumbled situation on their offensive line when they face Cincinnati on Sunday.
Ryan Lilja was not practicing with the team on Friday. Instead he was in the rehab area riding a stationary bike and lifting light weights due to a knee injury according to the Chiefs. Lilja had moved from center to right guard this week jumping into the spot of Jon Asamoah who has been declared out of Sunday’s game due to a right thumb injury that required surgery on Wednesday.
With Lilja sitting out that caused a complete shift on the right side of the line, as tackle Eric Winston moved inside to right guard and rookie Donald Stephenson moved into the right tackle spot. Russ Hochstein was working at center no matter the different combinations to his right.
Lilja was not on the list of names of those that wouldn’t practice provided by head coach Romeo Crennel earlier Friday when he spoke to the media. In the past he’s been bothered by back issues. For a starting center on a short week, if they wanted to give him some rest, then Friday’s practice would be the best. All the offense is installed by that time and it’s all about brushing up on the game plan. When the team released its official report to the league, Lilja was listed with the knee and labeled questionable
There is no indication in the Chiefs biographical material on Winston that he’s ever played significant time at guard in the NFL.
Crennel did rule out WR Jon Baldwin (head/neck) out of Sunday’s game against the Bengals. He will join Asamoah on the sidelines. TE Jake O’Connell (ankle) has not practiced all week and also has been declared out.
QB Brady Quinn (concussion) was to meet with medical personnel after practice to determine whether he would be allowed to play against Cincinnati. The Chiefs listed him as questionable on their injury report, so has been cleared to play. Whether Quinn dresses as the No. 2 QB ahead of Ricky Stanzi won’t be known until Sunday. Matt Cassel will start against the Bengals.
WR Dwayne Bowe (thigh), TE Steve Maneri (ankle) and NT Dontari Poe (knee) are “going to be OK” according to Crennel and thus should be able to play against Cincinnati.
Here’s what each team reported to the league with starters highlighted in red.
OUT β G Jon Asamoah (thumb), WR Jon Baldwin (head/neck), TE Jake O’Connell (ankle).
QUESTIONABLE β C/G Ryan Lilja (knee), QB Brady Quinn (concussion).
PROBABLE β WR Dwayne Bowe (thigh), TE Steve Maneri (ankle), NT Dontari Poe (knee).
DOUBTFUL β WR Marvin Jones (knee), S Reggie Nelson (hamstring).
QUESTIONABLE β C Jeff Faine (hamstring), WR Andy Hawkins (knee).
PROBABLE β LB Vontaze Burfict (elbow), DB Nate Clements (knee), CB Adam Jones (calf), S Taylor Mays (knee), DT Devon Still (back).