From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs had a new quarterback on the field when they practiced on Thursday.
Actually, it was a new number. Rookie Ricky Stanzi has been wearing No. 13 all season, but he’s wearing No. 12 right now. It’s all part of him portraying Patriots QB Tom Brady in practice.
“I’m still not sure how I got to be No.13 to begin with,” Stanzi said after practice on Thursday. “The No. 12 has always been my number. We just decided to go with it this week.”
The Chiefs were on the practice field for their first real session in preparing for this coming Monday night game against the New England Patriots. They got a lengthy walk-through session on Wednesday where the players got the game plan for the prime-time encounter and had a chance to digest it mentally, before putting it together physically.
“It’s a chance to work on some of the timing things that we have to get down with our offense and give our defense a legitimate look at what they are going to see Monday,” said head coach Todd Haley. “Our look teams are very critical on a week like this to help us understand how we have to go out and play to win this game.”
The man in charge of the offense was Tyler Palko, stepping into the starting quarterback role and becoming the new Matt Cassel without a hitch.
“The wheels didn’t fall off at practice today, the world didn’t end; we had a good practice today,” Palko said. “I think we’re ready to move on to the next day.
“As the starting quarterback and a professional those guys in the locker room are expecting me to handle this,” Palko added. “I hope nothing changes for everybody else and I can show them that we can roll and not change anything.”
Palko heard from a couple of former teammates this week, providing encouragement to him in his first start.
“I got a text from Drew Brees and Kurt Warner when they heard the news, and just wished me good luck,” said Palko. “I’ve been around a lot of good quarterbacks in my journey and learned a lot from all of them.
“Drew is like a big brother to me. I spent two years down there in New Orleans with him. When I was in Arizona in the off-season and pre-season with Kurt, we developed a pretty good relationship. It was encouraging to me.
Three players appeared to be very limited in what they were doing during the media window at practice β DE Glenn Dorsey, CB Brandon Carr and CB Brandon Flowers. Dorsey was in the rehab area riding a stationary bike; he suffered what the team is calling a left knee injury last Sunday. Carr came out of that game against Denver with what the team says is a right ankle injury. Flowers appeared to be watching most of the work because of a back injury. Also on the report was SS Jon McGraw, who was listed as a full participant in practice.
For those keeping score at home, the Chiefs new practice squad member LB Caleb Campbell was issued No. 57.
The Patriots list 17 players on their injury/practice report for Thursday with most of them listed as limited participants. The chances are very good that all of those players will play Monday night. Here’s their list:
DID NOT PRACTICE: LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), CB Devin McCourty (shoulder) and LB Brandon Spikes (knee).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), S Patrick Chung (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), DE Shaun Ellis (rib), RB Kevin Faulk (knee), RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), LB Gary Guyton (shoulder), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), WR Taylor Price (hamstring), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), OT Nate Solder (concussion), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back), G Brian Waters (knee) and WR Wes Welker (ribs).