Practice Report/Update – 11/9

From the Truman Sports Complex

QB Matt Cassel says the Chiefs returned to work on Wednesday and have bounced back from the disappointment of the Miami loss.

“It was a game that we learned a lot from and we have to turn the page quickly because we have a tough opponent coming up quickly in the Broncos,” Cassel said after practice. “I think everybody in that locker room is ready to get back to work and perform better than we did this last Sunday.

“The energy out at practice today was great. I think guys were eager to get better to make corrections and get ready for another division opponent.”

ILB Demorrio Williams was the only player not participating Wednesday when the Chiefs began their preparation week for Sunday’s visit from the Denver.

Williams did not take part even in the team’s stretching segment, leaving the field and apparently headed to the locker room with what the team called a groin injury. Through this season, the eight-year veteran has seen playing time almost exclusively on special teams, and he’s second on the club with five tackles in the kicking game. With a punt returner like Denver’s Eddie Royal coming to town, losing any part of that punt coverage unit will hurt. So far this year, the Chiefs are No. 19 in punt coverage, giving up an average of 10.4 yards a return.

It appeared that SS Jon McGraw and CB Javier Arenas were fully participating in the early drills. Both players missed last Sunday’s game because of injury; McGraw a shoulder and Arenas an ankle. The team listed McGraw as limited and Arenas as full participation.

For the Broncos, LB Wesley Woodyard (knee) did not practice. Listed as limited in participation were S Brian Dawkins (thigh), TE Virgil Green (neck), FB Spencer Larsen (shoulder), S Rahim Moore (concussion), CB Cassius Vaughn (hamstring). RB Willis McGahee was also on the list with a hand injury, but he was full participation.

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