Friday 1/7 Practice Report-Waters Returns

From Arrowhead Stadium

Despite the cold, blustery wind and a few snowflakes in the air, the Chiefs were outside for the final practice session of the week getting ready for Sunday’s game in the playoffs against Baltimore.

Sticking to his mantra of studying for the test at the place his team is going to take it, head coach Todd Haley had his team inside Arrowhead for the 80-minute workout where they covered short yardage, goal line, red zone and special teams.

“The wind was blowing and it was a good day,” Haley said. “It was a good practice.”

And all players were on board for the work, as LG Brian Waters return to practice after missing two days because of an illness. It was a stomach virus that laid Waters low, but he was a full participant in Friday’s practice, back working with the No. 1 offensive line at left guard.

Waters said after practice that he felt much better. He’ll be listed as probable when the team releases its injury report to the league office later this afternoon.

WR Quinten Lawrence was back at practice after missing Thursday’s work with the stomach virus. He too will be listed as probable. WR Dwayne Bowe was a full participant in practice for the second start day, so he won’t even be listed on the injury report.

Haley said there were no new instances of the stomach virus popping up.

Coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel spoke after practice. Weis would not take any questions about his decision last week to leave the Chiefs for the University of Florida, saying that his thoughts were only on the Baltimore Ravens.

Weis said he thinks the Chiefs offense will show a different level of play this coming Sunday than they did last weekend when they allowed seven sacks and let the Oakland Raiders defense dominate the game.

“The game last week will have no bearing on the game this week,” Weis said. “Other than the fact that they got to watch that (tape). If I were them, I would have been encouraged by what I saw on that tape. I think you’ll see a different Chiefs team show up this week.”

Crennel says it’s important for the Chiefs coaching staff with a lot of post-season experience, to allow the players to gain their own experience starting at noon Sunday.

“We just have to go let them play,” said Crennel. “We’ve been talking to these kids all year about their technique and how you play the game. When they play the game the correct way, we tend to do pretty good.”

The Ravens injury report has seven players listed as questionable and five as probable:

QUESTIONABLE - DT Haloti Ngata (thigh), LB Terrell Suggs (knee), LB Dannell Ellerbe (head), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), FS Ed Reed (chest), LB Jameel McClain (back), CB Josh Wilson (head) and S Tom Zbikowski (back)

PROBABLE -  LB Jameel McClain (back), WR Derrick Mason (ankle), OT Michael Oher (knee), WR David Reed (wrist) and C Matt Birk (knee).

4 Responses to “Friday 1/7 Practice Report-Waters Returns”

  • January 7, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Hopefully we see the bounce-back, max effort by the Chiefs Sunday. If we do that and don’t turn the ball over…we have a fighter’s chance in this game.

    Would be nice to see Ngata, Suggs and Reed carry over from Questionable to game day Inactive…not a chance.

  • January 8, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Remember a few years back when Hermie Edwards took us to the playoffs with the Colts??? I will never forget it. It was late in the second quarter before we even got our first “first down”. He (Herm) kept saying on the sideline (we can’t run the ball). Well if the Ravens crowd the box and take the run completely away, all I can say is Bowe, Moekie and company better bring their A game. If they don’t, GOD THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG DAY!!!!!!!!!

  • January 8, 2011  - Jonathan says:

    Chuck one big difference between that game and this game Herm/Solari had a conservative personality and spent all week figuring they would pound the ball down the Colts’ throat because Indy couldn’t stop the run and they were afraid to throw because of Freeney and Mathis. When the the Chiefs couldn’t run then they were forced into throwing the ball on third down bringing the Freeney/Mathis effect into the equation. And the throws were deep downfield throws they were short throws because they didn’t want no sacks and loss of field position.

    Haley/Weis are more aggressive and have more experience in calling plays (remember Solari had never called plays until that season). They will attack the Ravens on defense because they do have weaknesses in the secondary. Also, the Ravens are an older team and have been prone to give up long drives at the end of games this season (Falcons, Texans, Bills, Steelers, 1st Bengals game, and Patriots). If the Chiefs can get Moeaki, McCluster, Charles, and Bowe in favorable matchups in the passing game then it will strectch the Ravens thus opening up the running game. Should Charles break a couple of runs early the Ravens will be in serious trouble. The Chiefs’ will be fine; all they have to do is play their game and there will be some wrinkles the Ravens haven’t seen on tape.

  • January 8, 2011  - el cid says:

    Chuck running game is more about the will of the OL. Chief’s problem child is the up and down play of the O line all season long. Who will show up sunday? Last sunday, it was so bad, some poster/media have said there was no game plan just a bunch of plays, unconnected. Got to hope the Oline is ready and the coaches have put something together to that looks like a game plan.

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