Practice Report/Update – Thanksgiving Day

From the Truman Sports Complex

There was no Kyle Orton at the Chiefs practice Thursday afternoon, but all the other 60 available players were on the practice field for a Thanksgiving workout.

Orton, claimed on waivers from the Broncos on Wednesday, but he was nowhere to be seen on the practice field or in the Chiefs facility.

Head coach Todd Haley spoke with Orton Wednesday evening after he was awarded to the Chiefs on waivers from the Broncos.

“He had a couple of personal things that he had to attend to,” Haley said of Orton. “We talked (Wednesday) night and had a real good conversation. We as an organization and team are excited about bringing him a board in an effort to continue to create competition, more importantly in this situation to give us depth at the same time.

“We’ve been working via the phone trying to get him caught up with the offense.”

Orton is expected to be with the Chiefs for practice on Friday. Whether he’ll be active and available for Sunday night against Pittsburgh remains to be determined. Haley said Tyler Palko will start the game for the Chiefs.

“I wouldn’t think that he would be terribly in a bad position if he were out there,” Haley said of Orton. “It would be in a depth situation.”

Thursday’s practice was the first of the week, after they had a walkthrough session on Wednesday.

“It was a good day out there for us today,” Haley said. “It was important for us to push through today because we are a day short this week. We had good energy. They are excited about this game. It was a good day’s work.”

Beyond Orton, the only other player that was not taking part in the practice was LG Ryan Lilja, who was sitting out because of the head injury he suffered Monday night in New England. Lilja already has been declared out of Sunday night’s game.

The rest of the injured players all seemed to be taking part in practice in some manner. SS Jon McGraw (neck/shoulder) was a full participant, while the team listed LB Demorrio Williams (groin) and DE Glenn Dorsey (knee) as limited participants.

The Steelers practice/injury report for Thursday listed LB Stevenson Sylvester (calf) as not practicing. LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) was a limited participant. Taking a full turn in practice were WR Arnaz Battle (hamstring), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right thumb), S Troy Polamalu (ribs) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee).

6 Responses to “Practice Report/Update – Thanksgiving Day”

  • November 24, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    That’s a shame. Orton should have got off his ass and got to KC ASAP. I guess it was a “family” thing. It was probably called Thanksgiving.

  • November 24, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    For $2.5 million his a$$ should have been at practice. Very disappointing beginning for Orton.

  • November 25, 2011  - Denzil says:

    Shame reversed! Doesn’t family count anymore? This is a quick change for the Orton family, even if the rest of the family doesn’t immediately join him in KC. There have to be lots of threads to untangle and reconnect. Real family men understand.

  • November 25, 2011  - ED J says:

    Guys calm down the guy had to move his family. Seriously it is Thanksgiving at least it was and last I checked family comes first. Anyways Orton be here today, and he’ll start next wk.

  • November 25, 2011  - ED J says:

    Can we please now move Gordon to starting nose tackle and bench Gregg when Dorsey comes back. And can we get Powe in rotation as nose tackle. Both guys were disrupitive and made plays up middle of Pats offense last week. We knew Gregg would flame out by season’s end much like Wiegman has its time to get young guys in there.

  • November 25, 2011  - James says:

    Agree with ED J about getting Powe in the lineup. Sorry for Lilja’s injury but glad to see Hudson get a chance. Wish they’d bring up Harris to see what he
    ‘s got.

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