Friday 12/17 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

Head coach Todd Haley said QB Matt Cassel was limited in his participation in the team’s Friday practice and was listed as questionable when the league’s official injury report came out Friday afternoon.

Under the league’s definition, questionable means there’s a 50-50 chance that Cassel will play on Sunday.

Haley indicated a decision on whether Cassel will play likely will go down to pre-game on Sunday in St. Louis.  “It will probably go right up to the wire with what we’re able to do with Matt,” Haley said.

Ultimately the decision will be made by medical personnel along with Haley, the emphasis being on the medical personnel. “Because this isn’t your run-of-the-mill injury that a lot of us have a lot of experience with so we do have to lean to the doctors a bunch in making sure that the right thing’s being done,” said Haley.

And if doctors say Cassel should not play, Haley will follow that advice?

“Absolutely,” Haley said. “Player safety is number one in any situation, but obviously in this one that we have less experience on than other things.”

Cassel was still limited in the stretching period of Friday’s practice, as he did not do any of the moves that put any strain on the abdominal area. But once they broke into football moves, he threw the ball with good velocity and power. Cassel was quicker in setting up to throw, his footwork was better than in recent days and he was using his entire body, not just his arm to throw the ball.

For the third consecutive day, all 61 available players were working on the practice field.

Down I-70 in the ‘Loo, the Rams ruled TE Mike Hoomanawanui (ankle) out of Sunday’s game. Listed as questionable were LB David Nixon (hand) and RB Ken Darby (chest). Listed as probable were CB Ron Bartell (neck), P Donnie Jones (illness) and G Jacob Bell (knee).

10 Responses to “Friday 12/17 Practice Report-Update2”

  • December 17, 2010  - Michael says:

    Bob, from what you saw today, do you think Cassel will play on Sunday?

  • December 17, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    I still have my doubts that Cassel will start, he may play if Brodie can’t get the offense moving early and often.

    I’m assuming the Chiefs would prefer to hold him back another week, should they have that luxury of not needing his services in St. Louis.

    If we don’t beat the Rams, No playoffs pure and simple, cuz, I really don’s see the Chargers losing another regular season game this year.
    Go Chiefs.

  • December 17, 2010  - David says:

    I’m afraid that Jimbo is right. For us to make the playoffs, we need to win out. Matt C is one of the keys to that so I’m hoping he’s good to go Sunday.

  • December 17, 2010  - el cid says:

    As fans, our problem is just how poor the offense looked under Croyle. It seems most, on all site, want Cassel to play, no matter what. I just not sure that is possible. Cassel is one tough dude but come on, this is the NFL and those DL from StL are just chomping at the bit for the rep they knocked him out of the game/season.

    Do not like it but unless we get some really good “out of the box” coaching, the exact opposite of SD game, to compensate for little or no QB play, we are done, cooked, season over. StL is as desparate as SD with the playoffs on the horizen. Are we that desparate?, don’t think so.

  • December 17, 2010  - Michael says:

    Why is KC not as desperate as ST. Louis?

  • December 17, 2010  - el cid says:

    I believe (and I know nothing really about it) for the same reason KC was not desparate against SD last sunday. Like it or not, this team is not ready to make the “desparate push” when they have to. Talent, coaching, or attitude, something is not in this team yet. I believe the combination of Cassel’s injury, lack of talent, hot rookies cooling off, and unpreparedness of the organization says 8 wins is a good season.

  • December 17, 2010  - Edward says:

    Cassel will play Sunday more mind games by Haley. If he is using more of his body in the throw like Bob says he is gonna play. El cid go drink a cold one. Cassel will play and we will win let’s move on.

  • December 18, 2010  - Michael says:

    …and what of the Rams? “unpreparedness of the organization.” What does that even mean? If the Chiefs beat the Rams it will then be discounted because it’s “just the Rams.” If they lose, it will be yet another oportunity to bash the team; players, coaches, the organization.

  • December 18, 2010  - el cid says:

    Tell me Michael, did the Chiefs look prepared to play SD last sunday. As important a game as they played this year and HOW PREPARED WERE THEY? Down 21 points and run, run, pass. Unpreparedness refers to the inability of the coaches to get this team ready to play meaningful games. Add the 8 win record and Haley says this team is not good, come on, the management is not prepared to handle the unexpected success. I expect the same the rest of the year.

  • December 18, 2010  - Brian says:

    @ el cid….The @ Denver game and the @ San Diego games were the ONLY games that I have seen the Chiefs play in which they looked unprepared. You ask “How prepared were they?”. However, considering they are sitting with a lead in the AFC West for the first time in their young careers and charged with the task of defending that lead against a red hot team that is loaded with talent and are leading a charge to defend their division crown, the better question would probably be how does a young and inexperienced team prepare for a situation they have never been in against a team that has been in this situation several times? You speak about run, run, pass but yet if you go back and watch the tape you will see that it isn’t quite that simple. It was also clear that Croyle was in over his head. The gameplan also was not much different than Cassel’s early games before Weiss began to gradually open up the playbook a little more for Cassel. It has nothing to do with “management not being prepared to handle the unexpected success”. Rather a case of the team not being prepared to handle an unexpected appendectomy.

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