Chiefs Update – 12/5

From the Truman Sports Complex

There was no update on the dislocated right index finger of QB Kyle Orton on Monday as the Chiefs put to bed the victory over Chicago and started preparations for this Sunday’s game against the Jets in the Meadowlands.

“Not at this time,” was how head coach Todd Haley answered the question of whether there was an update on Orton’s dislocated digit. “We’ve got to gather some more facts on it and see where he is. He was pretty sore this morning.”

Figure that Haley and the Chiefs will keep Orton’s status in the shadows for as long as they can this week, in hopes of forcing the New York Jets to spend valuable practice time preparing for both Tyler Palko and Orton.

As is their practice, the Chiefs had no other injury information on Monday. After the game on Sunday, OLB Tamba Hali said he was on the way to get an x-ray of his hand. Even if the hand is broken, Hali would likely be able to play with a soft cast or brace.

Also, no word on FS Kendrick Lewis; he left Sunday’s game in the second quarter with a right knee injury. Lewis returned in the second half and finished out the game.

13 Responses to “Chiefs Update – 12/5”

  • December 5, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Awfully tough to make tackles with a cast on your hand. Well with 5 victorys now it doesn’t look that we will be picking all that high in the draft.

  • December 5, 2011  - ED J says:

    According to Trent Green he expects Orton to be out for the season. He said he had similar injury on his left hand and it took 3-4 weeks for liagments to heal. So I guess we ride season out with Palko and Stanzi. Hopefully at some point Stanzi gets a couple starts.

  • December 5, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Jared Gaither is starting for the Chargers right now as I type. They just went down the field and lead 7-0. Gaither looks better than ANY of our O-lineman. WTF! What is Pioli/Hunt/Haley’s agenda?!?!

    Edj, thanks for sharing Trent’s comments. Bad news but thanks for sharing.
    $2.5 mil for one trick play :/

  • December 5, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    2nd half Chargers lead 31-14 and Gaither looks like a Pro Bowl LT.
    This is the last straw for me. Whomever is calling the personnel shots is a complete idiot.

  • December 6, 2011  - James says:

    Think of Pioli as a puppeteer. Haley is the puppet and we’re the idiots watching the show. I’m afraid there won’t be any changes in the show anytime soon.

  • December 6, 2011  - ED J says:

    Cychief keep in mind it is Jags they don’t have pass rusher. But I will say the little he could do out there certainly looks better than anything Richardson gives us. I didn’t pay too much attention to the game maybe i’ll look at it later

  • December 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    About Gaither, good for him. Perhaps their system was a better fit than the Chiefs or they gave him help to chip the rushers, do not know but who cares?

    I am not a Pioli/Hunt fan but the Chiefs need the players the management feel operate best in their system. May not be what we like but what the team needs. This year is a “forger it” year, I hope in 2012 we will see a resurgence of the Pioli plan (not my idea of good, but what choice do we have?).

  • December 6, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I agree with El Cid. But I’ll repeat what I said in an earlier post. Look at the combined money we spent on Cassel and Orton this year that is of no benefit now because the line was so porous both were injured and lost. If part of that money (particularly that spent to acquire Orton) would have been applied to addressing the inadequacies on the O line and/or bringing in an adequate backup QB we would’ve been better served and probably still in contention for winning our division and the playoffs. I think it’s more than fair for the fans who ultimately pay for the team and players to question what certainly seems to me to be a lack of commitment to doing everything possible to make the team competitive. But I’m also guessing Clark Hunt will make quite a profit on the team this year whether we make the playoffs or not.

  • December 6, 2011  - Evo says:

    Seems to me Haley & Pioli think their system is golden and don’t build a system around the talent on the team. They would rather get rid of a guy that doesn’t fit their system but has skills for a guy that does fit but can’t play. First Wade Smith and now Jared Gaither. Seems to me Pioli isn’t capable of evaluating offensive line talent(or D-Line) and Haley doesn’t know how to best use his personal.

  • December 6, 2011  - ED says:

    Anyone just ever thought Gaither was better in game than practice. Maybe the guy just underperformed in practice and they felt he didn’t have desire anymore. Then he got cut agent got in his ear about being his last chance he steps up and performed better on the field. My thing is Haley should’ve at least put him out there on the field in Richardson’s place. But its obvious he underperformed in practice so bad they didn’t trust him over Richardson. Its over lets just move on guys hope we get this addressed in offseason.

  • December 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    Still say there is something wrong with the mental process’ of the Chiefs. And it seems to be a problem that extends to more than one person. So unless the Chiefs have grabbed the corner on nutty football managers, there is something we are missing. Call me paranoid but what pro organ. dumps guys who can play because they do not practice well or talk to much. Builds a team with out depth after 3 years. Stays away from most free agents like they have the plague. When injuries happen replace them with no one. Bigger picture, something is not right.


  • December 6, 2011  - Michael says:

    Got me. I had high hopes for Pioli/Haley. They both come from solid football backgrounds, both appear to be extremely intelligent, and I know (at least for sure with Haley)that they are passionate about what they do. They’ve got a great coaching staff. Don’t know a bunch about their scouting staff, but I assume it’s at least adaquate or better. Maybe it’s just their inexperience? It is, after all, the first time both of them have been the guy in charge, and they still seem to be working out their “partnership.”

    And what about Hunt? Most of the time I can’t really tell if he feels strongly about putting a winning team together, but he’s new to being the guy in charge, too, with Lamar’s football team. I really hope all they need is some more time. I don’t know how much more, but going back to square one again is not very appealing. These are some real smart guys, and smart football guys (Pioli-Haley). Maybe this thing turned out to be a bit more than they thought they bit off at first, and they (are) and will all grow into it.

  • December 6, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Michael makes a good point. Remember that a lot of successful coaches and GM’s as well haven’t been successful right out of the gate. They are undoubtedly still learning since this is their first gig in the leadership roles for all three. We did win the division last year when most would not have predicted we would. I too want to take a less cynical view and hope they continue to learn from the steps they take and put it together. I’m not geting any younger and am far too stubborn and old school to switch teams. like the song says “We all bleed red” but we what it doesn’t mention is we bleed Chiefs red and would all like the bleeding to stop before we need a transfusion.

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