Monday Practice 8/30 Report

From the Truman Sports Complex

With a short week to finish off the pre-season, the Chiefs got back to practice Monday, putting in a two-hour session where they spent most of their time working on corrections from last Friday’s game against Philadelphia and situations.

“We cleaned up some things from the Eagles game and then we were competitive with the two-minute drill,”said head coach Todd Haley. “The guys responded fairly well today.”

The two-minute drill battle between the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense was the highlight of practice. A run off a draw play by Jamaal Charles gave the offense a first down at the defense’s 11-yard line. QB Matt Cassel stopped the clock with a throw into the dirt.

But then his next three passes went incomplete. Cassel threw high to WR Dwayne Bowe at the back of the end zone, with CB Brandon Carr in coverage. On third down, he threw the ball away when everybody was covered. Then on fourth down, Cassel’s throw to WR Chris Chambers was broken up by Carr.

It was a nice bit of work by the first nickel defense that was on the field for that segment

Here are some other observations:

– OLB Tamba Hali sat out practice with a lower right leg injury. Hali was able to move around fairly well and rode the stationary bike without problems. Hali left last Friday’s game with the injury. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious.

– RT Ryan O’Callaghan remains out of practice because of a right groin injury he suffered in practice a week ago. He did not play against Philadelphia. O’Callaghan was in the rehab area, riding the stationary bike.

– OLB Cameron Sheffield was on the field and worked in the rehab area during practice. Sheffield was immobilized and taken from the field on a cart Friday night with a neck injury. He’s shown no problems in the last few days and will probably return to practice next week.

– CB Maurice Leggett left the field on Aug. 21 in Tampa with a neck injury, but he’s not returned to practice. Leggett is with the team and is taking part in strength and conditioning, but he has not returned to practice, even as an observer.

– RB Jamaal Charles went through the entire practice showing no problem from a couple of dings that he took Friday night to his leg and elbow.

– G Darryl Harris continues to spend his practice time in the rehab area, recovering from his left knee injury. Harris is doing some light running appears to be getting closer to being able to return to the field, if the roster clock doesn’t time him out.

– QB Brodie Croyle returned to full practice work after being limited for the last two weeks due to a right forearm injury. In Monday’s workout, Croyle took about half of the second team snaps. His status for Thursday night’s game against Green Bay remains unknown.

– Running the no-huddle offense, Croyle knocked off some rust after missing two weeks of work, and threw a TD pass to WR Rich Gunnell to end that segment of practice.

– With both Tamba Hali and Cameron Sheffield out, Andy Studebaker moved to the right side of the defense and into the starting lineup at outside linebacker.

– When they drafted them in the second round, the Chiefs knew they had potential returners in Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas. In Monday’s practice, they put McCluster and Arenas back to return kickoffs together with the No. 1 return unit.

– During practice, third-team QB Jackie Bates grabbed a Cassel pass for a pick-six interception. Bates, who is struggling to stay on the roster, jumped the route in front of Chambers and ran untouched for the score.

– The first-team offensive line looked like this: LT Branden Albert, LB Brian Waters, C Casey Wiegmann, RG Ryan Lilja and RT Barry Richardson.

– The second-team offensive line looked like this: LT Bobby Greenwood, LG Dan Santucci, C Rudy Niswanger, RG Jon Asamoah and RT Ikechuku Ndukwe.

– The No. 1 kick return unit was S Donald Washington, ILB Jovan Belcher, FB Tim Castille, LB David Herron and S Reshard Langford across the front. The wedge is RB Jackie Battle, OLB Andy Studebaker, WR Terrance Copper and TE Jake O’Connell, with McCluster and Arenas deep.

– S Ricky Price continued to take some snaps at cornerback, and it appears the coaches think he can contribute there, not just at safety.

– With injuries accounted for, here’s how the No. 2 defense lined up on Monday – Shaun Smith, Derek Lokey and Wallace Gilberry on the line, John Russell, Pierre Walters, Demorrio Williams, Corey Mays at linebacker, with Travis Daniels and Javier Arenas on the corners and Reshard Langford and Kendrick Lewis at the safety positions.

2 Responses to “Monday Practice 8/30 Report”

  • August 30, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    McCluster and Arenas both back to return kicks… better squib kick it!!!

  • August 30, 2010  - Edward says:

    LOL agreed Dan.

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