Friday 12/10 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

Because of his appendectomy, QB Matt Cassel is listed as doubtful on the Chiefs official injury report to the league that was made Friday afternoon.

During a morning practice session, Cassel was on the field, but he did not take part in the workout.

“Did not practice” and “doubtful” were the only bits of information that head coach Todd Haley would share on his starting quarterback. Haley would not provide news on any other decisions that may have been made involving Cassel, a decision like whether he will even make the trip to San Diego on Saturday? And if Cassel does go on the road, how will he be handled on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium? Will he start? Will he be the No. 2 QB? Will he dress and be the inactive third quarterback? Will he not dress at all and be one of the team’s eight inactive players? If he’s there, will he even be on the sidelines? Might he be in the coaching box where he’s away from potential collisions and has a place to sit?

What’s even more obvious is that Brodie Croyle will make his 10th NFL start on Sunday as Cassel’s replacement. Croyle got the reps with the first team offense in the team’s 90-minute Friday practice.

“No change in the offense,” said coordinator Charlie Weis on the possibility that Croyle will start. “The system is the same for all the guys. Matt (Cassel) may have some favorite plays that might be a little different than Brodie’s (Croyle) plays, but the core doesn’t change.”

Croyle is considered to have a stronger arm than Cassel, so will that alter the offensive approach?

“He’s not going to start slinging the ball all over the field,” Weis said. “What we’ve talked about is making good decisions. That’s the point that Todd and the staff have accented this week with Brodie.”

As Croyle steps into the starting lineup after not playing since the pre-season the rust of inactivity is a factor. “The more reps you can take in your offense with the first team is obviously going to be beneficial,” Croyle said. “Getting to take those reps all week helps with that (rust).”

Attempts to help acclimate Croyle to the starting spot this week included extra crowd noise and a play clock in practice. Still, those aren’t game conditions like he’ll see in San Diego. “The speed of the game is totally different (practice to games) and you can’t simulate that,” Croyle said.

The only other players on the injury report FS Kendrick Lewis (ankle) and DB Donald Washington (ankle) appeared to be fully participating in position drills during Friday’s practice. They are both listed as questionable.

From San Diego, WR Patrick Crayton (wrist) is out and WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring) is listed as doubtful. Listed as questionable are RB Darren Sproles (concussion), WR Vincent Jackson (calf), LB Brandon Siler (rib) and G Louis Vasquez (neck).  Listed as probable are LB Stephen Cooper (knee) and DT Antonio Garay (ankle).

An update on the official league injury report for both teams will come later this afternoo.

4 Responses to “Friday 12/10 Practice Report-Update2”

  • December 10, 2010  - Michael says:

    Croyle starting at QB is one thing to consider, but I’m actually more interested in how Brandon Flowers and Kendrick Lewis are feeling. It’s got to be a complentary football game for the Chiefs. Run the ball well, pass efficiently, don’t turn it over, and keep cry me a Rivers on the sidelines as much as possible. Pound him around when he is on the field; don’t let him sit tight in the pocket, and get some tunrovers. Hopefully, some int’s, and that will be easier with Flowers and Lewis on the field. Although Gates will play, thier receiving corps appears depleted with injuries. Gates is even playing banged up. Chiefs have to take him away. I want to see Berry and Arenas doing some blitzing, and I’d like to see Berry jump a route. I know it’s happened where he has knocked the ball down or away, but I don’t think I’ve seen him jump a route going for an INT all year. With more experience comes anticipation, and in time this should be an area in which he excels.

    Also, some Chiefs are due for some things: McCluster and Arenas are due for return TD’s; Derrick Johnson has had his hands on passes all year, and he’s due for the INT; the defensive line is due for some sacks; Charles is due for a 200+ yard game; Croyle is due for a win. The timing is about right for all these to happen, right about now against SD.

  • December 11, 2010  - Edward says:

    Agreed Mike

  • December 11, 2010  - Chuck says:

    With Brodie in there this game makes me SHIVER with what the outcome will probably be. I’ve just simply seen him too many times and he is not the answer.

  • December 11, 2010  - Michael says:

    They don’t need Croyle to be a long term answer, just a Sunday or two, and especially this one. He has all the tools needed for that.

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