Friday 10/29 Practice Report-Update 2

From Arrowhead Stadium

One of the concerns for the Chiefs this week as they prepared for the Bills was the changing face of Buffalo’s defense. They started the season in a 3-4, but they have been making an in-season transition to a 4-3 defense, largely due to a lack of quality linebackers.

That’s forced the Chiefs to prepare for both defensive fronts.

“It’s a potential problem, no different than last week when you had a numuber of different quarterbacks that could play,” head coach Todd Haley said after Friday’s practice. “You aren’t for sure what you need to prepare for, whether it’s an odd front or an even front. That starts to effect your practice reps and you have only a limited number of practice reps to begin with.

“Our front five (offensive line) plus the tight ends and the backs need to have a great understanding of that and you can only do that through practice. If they do one thing and one thing only, then you’ve used reps on something they aren’t doing. You must be prepared for both. The good thing for us is we’ve seen some 3-4 teams and we’ve seen some even front teams. That should help a little bit.”

It appears more and more likely that Haley’s offensive front will have a new member on Sunday against the Bills. For the third consecutive day RG Ryan Lilja appeared limited in his participation during Friday’s practice because of the right hand/wrist injury. During the brief open window to practice for the media, rookie  Jon Asamoah was at RG with the No. 1 offense. But on their practice report, the Chiefs listed Lilja as fully participating in practice.

While not confirming the Sunday status for either Lilja or Asamoah, the head coach thinks his young guard has had enough playing time to be able to handle whatever comes down from the Bills.

“Jon’s got a bunch of reps through the pre-season and regular season,” said Haley. “He gets consistent reps a long with other guys who aren’t in there. Whoever is playing should be prepared. That’s our job.”

It doesn’t look like the Chiefs will have the services of rookie WR/RB Dexter McCluster for Sunday’s game. As the Chiefs went through their third and final practice of the week Friday morning inside Arrowhead Stadium, McCluster was riding the stationary bike on the sidelines. According to the Chiefs, it’s an ankle injury and he’s been limited in practice participation all week. They’ve listed him as questionable for Sunday’sg me.

The only other player on the injury list this week for the Chiefs has been S Reshard Langford with a lower left leg injury. He was listed as a full participant in practice and as questionable for the game.

For the Bills, they have declared starting RT Cornell Green out of Sunday’s game because of a knee injury. Listed as questionable are CB Terrence McGee (back), LB Keith Ellison (knee) and FS Jairus Byrd (thigh). LT Demetrius Bell (knee) is probable.

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