Friday 10/15 Practice Report-Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

Although they will be playing Sunday in a stadium with a roof over the heads, Todd Haley kept his team outside for their final practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against Houston.

Reliant Stadium has a retractable roof and a grass playing surface. The Texans have already announced that the roof will remain closed for this game, supposedly because temperatures are expected to reach the high 80s.

So the Chiefs enjoyed a picture perfect October day, under bright sunshine and mild temperatures.

“We are just trying to be ready to go against an AFC opponent that is fighting for the same things that we are,” Haley said.

The Chiefs official injury report to the league included one new name added on Friday: FS Kendrick Lewis. He’s listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. It was evident during the media window to practice that Lewis was bothered by something and it turns out t be a hammy. Also down as questionable are WR Chris Chambers with that finger injury on his right hand and weekly participants RT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) and DE Tyson Jackson (knee).  S Reshard Langford has been listed as out of Sunday’s game because of his ankle injury.

Friday is normally red zone day and that’s certainly an area where the Chiefs offense needs improvement, especially on the road. In two games away from Arrowhead Stadium they’ve yet to score an offensive touchdown.

“The red zone varies from week-to-week, depending on what the other team is doing,” said offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. “But the one thing we are trying to do here is run the football. The easiest way to score is to go ahead and run it in.”

The offense has also had problems on third down, including converting just one of 10 chances against Indianapolis last week.

“On third down you have to put yourself in position where you are not always facing third-and-long,” said Weis. “Last week we were third-and 10 or more on four of the 10 snaps. That’s not the way you want to play. First and second down production come into play there.”

Against the Colts, the Chiefs average second down play was 6.8 yards for a first down.

Defensively, the Chiefs expect the Texans to run the football behind Arian Foster. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said it’s helpful to his guys to see an offense every day in practice that’s trying to run the ball.

“You have to develop a mentality, a discipline about playing the blocks, knowing when to get off the blocks,” Crennel said. “If you see it every day in practice that helps develop that mentality that you are able to take it to the game.”

For the Texans, their official injury report is pretty lengthy. Here’s how it goes:

OUT – DE Jesse Nading (knee).

DOUBTFUL – G Mike Brisiel (knee), LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring), LB Kevin Bentley (knee) and CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring).

QUESTIONABLE – WR Dorin Dickerson (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (calf), DE Mario Williams (shoulder).

PROBABLE – WR Andre Johnson (ankle), RB Arian Foster (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), S Dominique Barber (ribs), S Bernard Pollard (neck), LB DeMeco Ryans (groin), LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle), RB Derrick Ward (ribs)

One Response to “Friday 10/15 Practice Report-Update”

  • October 15, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    I think the special teams division is missing Langford a bit. In the preseason he was a bit of a tank. Kind of a big safety or have the camera angles deceived me?

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