Friday 12/3 Practice Report-Update

From Arrowhead Stadium

It will be a battle  between two bruised and battered secondaries when the Chiefs host the Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

For the Chiefs, they have four defensive backs on their NFL injury report, including CB Jackie Bates who will not play because of a knee injury. On the other side, Denver has three defensive backs who have been ruled out: S Brian Dawkins (knee), CB Andre Goodman (hip) and S Darcel McBath (quadriceps).

When these teams met three weeks ago the Chiefs secondary was limping a bit without a pair of safeties. The Broncos took advantage of that with several long touchdown passes down the middle of the field. During Friday’s practice inside the stadium, Bates was not working and CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring) and FS Kendrick Lewis (ankle) appeared to be doing more watching than practicing.  Both were listed as limited participants in the session. FS Jon McGraw (head) was a full participant in practice.

Is there any advantage for the Chiefs in adjusting to these secondary injuries the second time around?

“When you have people miss or you think they are going to miss, sometimes you are able to get guys some developmental work,” said head coach Todd Haley. “That’s the good thing. There are some guys with good experience, even if its practice experience under their belt. Guys are working hard to get their bodies prepared and ready to go as possible. 

“I’m sure that’s an area where we will be working guys out right up until the last minute (on Sunday).”

With Bates declared out of the game, that moves journeyman CB Travis Daniels up on step on the depth chart. If Flowers is unable to play, Daniels will likely move into the starting lineup, with Javier Arenas staying at nickel back. If Lewis can’t play, then McGraw and Donald Washington will get more playing time. 

Expect the Chiefs to work out Flowes and Lewis before the game and then make a decision on their availability.

Good news for Todd Haley was that Ryan Lilja (foot) was back at right guard with the No. 1 offensive line. If he’s following the pattern set over the previous two weeks, Lilja will start and play the whole game on Sunday. He missed the first two days of practice this week.

WR/RB Dexter McCluster, LT Branden Albert and Arenas all appeared to be actively involved in the practice and without any setbacks all should be available against Denver.

Also on the will not play list for the Broncos along with their defensive backs was rookie WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle). That takes away Denver’s best kickoff returner, as Thomas was averaging 24.9 yards per return

6 Responses to “Friday 12/3 Practice Report-Update”

  • December 3, 2010  - Thomas says:

    If Brandon Flowers is not able to play on Sunday, it could make for a long day for the Secondary.
    The key then will be to run the football to control the game clock and keep the Bronco offense off the field.

  • December 3, 2010  - Edward says:

    Aggred thomas it also going to require us being more physical with receivers and blitzing Orton. Not just sitting back in zone like last time.

  • December 3, 2010  - MattMac44 says:

    Bob – Why not move Arenas to starting CB and bring Daniels in as nickel back? With Dexter returning, it may take a bit of Javier in the return game. Daniels played well last week as the nickel as well. Anyway, I expect a lot more blitzing from Romeo and the boys this week.

  • December 3, 2010  - Michael says:

    There’s still at least an even chance Flowers will play against Denver. He was a full go in Thursday’s practice. Either they really liked what they saw out of him Thursday and want to leave alone until the game, or Thursday caused him a setback so they backed off him Friday. I think Kendrick Lewis will play, but it may be a game-time decision, too. Even these two play, McGraw and Daniels figure to see a fair amount of playing time.

  • December 3, 2010  - Josh says:

    We have to beat the Donkeys (probable) and then next week, (unlikely) in order to make the playoffs. If we can’t beat San De Gay Dough at home, even winning out the rest of the schedule, the Bolts can still take the AFC West with 5 more wins. Bob, from your perspective, what would it take for us to beat San Diego at home? I know special teams is an option, but where in the playbook do we have the opportunity to win on the road in SD? How much does that fourth quarter failure in Houston to the team that has the market cornered in fourth quarter failures hurt now?

  • December 3, 2010  - TDKC says:

    The Houston loss hurts but not as much as the loss to the Faiders. Divisions games carry more weight. They were so close to finishing out those games but gave them away. I bet a repeat now would end much differently.

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