Chiefs Thanksgiving Practice Update – 11/22

From the Truman Sports Complex

It’s looking more and more like the Chiefs maybe without their two best offensive linemen for Sunday’s game against Denver.

LT Branden Albert and C/G Ryan Lilja did not take part in Thursday’s practice session. Instead, they were in the rehab area riding stationary bikes because of Albert’s back spasms and Lilja’s sore knee. Both were out of Wednesday’s practice as well, after Lilja missed last Sunday’s game against Cincinnati and Albert left in the third quarter.

Because of their veteran status, head coach Romeo Crennel said he would provide both players more leeway as to whether they’ll play or not.

“We’d like to see them practice tomorrow (Friday) but generally with veterans, I’ll give them a bit more leeway, especially if they are important veterans. They know what it takes. They know what their bodies are telling them. I’ll give them as much time as I can before making a decision.”

Which means Albert and Lilja’s playing status may not be known until Sunday morning.

Also on the practice/injury report for the Chiefs and listed as limited participants were WR Dwayne Bowe (neck/shoulder), WR Jon Baldwin (neck/head), TE Tony Moeaki (back), TE Steve Maneri (ankle) and RG Jon Asamoah (hand).

The Chiefs work day was abbreviated so the players and coaches could get done and out the door to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. Normally the team watches tape after practice, but that was cancelled for the holiday.

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