Practice Report/Update – 12/8

From the Truman Sports Complex

The defense has risen to the lead position for the Chiefs in the last month, as they’ve played good, sometimes very good football, while the offense has been ineffective and lacking in production. Over the last five games, the Chiefs have been outscored by 63 points.

Opponents have recently scored 13 and 17 points against the Chiefs defense and have still been able to win the game. Is the defense getting tired of carrying the load? Not in the mind of the Chiefs leading tackler Derrick Johnson.

“Regardless of whatever has happened on the field we have to go out and play defense,” Johnson said after the Chiefs wrapped p Thursday’s practice in their indoor facility. “Our concern is not what our offense can and can’t do. To play defense you have to focus on what you have to do. This is very much a team game and we need to help our offense, like giving them good field position. If they are having problems, we need to help them out.”

The Chiefs were in pads for the 13th time this season. Under the new NFL rules, they have just one more padded practice available to them over the last three weeks.

“There was very good energy and focus out there today,” said head coach Todd Haley. “They understand where we are with four games left and one real big one this weekend with the New York Jets.”

QB Kyle Orton was more spectator than participant as the Chiefs opened their Thursday practice session.

Orton and his dislocated right index finger have been the only injury story of the week. During the brief media window into practice, Orton did not throw or handoff in position drills. Normally, those would be segments of practice where he would be quite busy working on timing with receivers and running backs.

Orton was listed as a limited participant on the Chiefs injury/practice report for Thursday. Also limited were C Casey Wiegmann (fingers) and a new addition to the injury report, ILB Jovan Belcher (shoulder). ILB Demorrio Williams (groin) was a full participant.

All 61 bodies were on the field, plus two more – RB Jamaal Charles and TE Tony Moeaki were on the field watching practice. Both are on the injured reserve list after suffering injuries to their ACL in their left knees.

For the Jets, their injury/practice report again had 16 names, but only five were listed as did not practice or limited participation:

  • Did not practice – DL Mike DeVito (knee), RG Brandon Moore (hip).
  • Limited – DL Marcus Dixon (hip), RB Joe McKnight (elbow), S Eric Smith (knee).


2 Responses to “Practice Report/Update – 12/8”

  • December 8, 2011  - ED J says:

    When I blogged about what Trent green said about his injury I figured this would be case for Orton. He said even when soreness left it still took couple more weeks for his liagments in his hand to heal where he could grip the ball. Thing is this was Trent’s finger on his left hand. So I expect Orton to probably be out rest of season if not until we play Broncos or Raiders. My thing is I want them to give Stanzi a shot to play. We made one mistake by overevaluating practice and not letting Gaither play in Richardson place during games. Lets not make same mistake with Stanzi. If Palko plays like this again or goes back to throwing bunch of picks which is highly likely with Revis and Cromartie out there. Give kid Stanzi shot to run offense.

  • December 8, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    At this point I’d love to see Stanzi play behind Feeble Weigmann and Speed bump Richardson ;)

    Will Clark/Pioli sign another QB off the street or play position players and just run wildcat when pitiful Palko and his back up get beat up?

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