Practice Report/Update – 10/5

From the Truman Sports Complex

WR Jonathan Baldwin was a full participant in the Chiefs practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Missing from full-time participation since he broke his right thumb on August 16 in a training camp altercation with teammate Thomas Jones, Baldwin took part in all aspects of the practice, including team work.

In the past seven weeks, Baldwin has done limited positional drills with the wide receivers and then gone to a separate field where he’s worked in the rehab area and ran some plays by himself with the help of a coach.

Whether or not Baldwin is active for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis is another story. To get a spot on the 46-man roster he will have to contribute on special teams, so the biggest hurdle he must overcome this week will be what he does in the kicking game. Baldwin is not viewed as a returner, so his efforts will have to come as a blocker or in coverage.

The Chiefs made a change on the practice squad, adding RB Shaun Draughn and releasing OL Butch Lewis. Draughn (6-0, 250) came out of the University of North Carolina and signed with the Washington Redskins as a rookie free agent. The Tarboro, N.C. native ran for 2,070 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career with the Tar Heels.

Not at Wednesday’s practice was WR Terrance Copper, who was out because of an illness. Also listed on the injury report was Baldwin and SS Jon McGraw (shin), and both were listed as full participants.

Lengthy injury/practice report from the Colts. QB Peyton Manning is out with his neck injury. Not practicing on Wednesday were LT Anthony Casonzo (ankle), G Ryan Diem (ankle), DE Dwight Freeney (abdominal), DT Fili Moala (ankle) and DT Drake Nevis (back). Limited participants were QB Kerry Collins (concussion) and LB Ernie Sims (knee). Full participation was TE Brody Eldridge (knee), G Mike Pollak (arm) and G Joe Reitz (ankle).

57 Responses to “Practice Report/Update – 10/5”

  • October 5, 2011  - ED J says:

    Yes Finally he gets full practice. No way Haley can keep this kid out Sunday. We need to get this guy on field Sunday vs Colts this a rare chance for us to get another win to gain momentum going into the bye week. We need all help on offense we can get.

  • October 5, 2011  - Michael says:


    This is complete BS. Watching the Colts-Bucks game on Rewind and the zebra’s just reviewed a long TD with not much question during the play. Why did they not review the Viks second TD. There was considerably more gray area and the refs just let it go. IMHO, it was clear that they wanted purple to prevail and this was how they could do it.

    Please break it down so I can stop this conspiracy theory cr*p. Thanks.


  • October 5, 2011  - Michael says:

    Not that happy about McGraw getting back to full participation in practice. I’d rather not see him back on the field either. I get adding Draughn, although he’s never run faster than a 4.5 40. Bob, will you check his weight? You have him at 250; I think he’s probably 205 to 2010. Butch Lewis has a lot of potential at a position where the Chiefs need youth. They should have put him on the 53 and sent McGraw to IR. Hope Lewis doesn’t sign elsewhere.

    Chiefs personnel: It will be interesting to see how Haley handles Baldwin. All special teams and no work on offense? Hope not; at least put him in on some 3rd downs and red zone plays. KC’s playcalling gets pretty shabby in the red zone. Inside the 30 they need to take some shots into the endzone with Bowe, Breaston, O’Connell, Pope and now Baldwin. They get down there and go flat with too safe of runs and dump off passes. I’m tired of seeig three plays that don’t get it done, and then another field goal.

    What’s up with Urban? I’ve seen him play a lot and he’s got plenty of speed and cathes the ball well. Either he’s lost it, or Cassel isn’t seeing or looking for him. I think he was inactive last week. Well, then get Horne out there. And Gregg is only playing so-so, so get Powe in there. And what about Houston? I know they want to get Sheffield out there on passing downs, but to not have Houston rushing the passer at all is crazy. I don’t buy Haley saying that might be putting too much on his plate. It’s what he does best naturally! Let him and Sheffield rotate, and give a Hali a blow once in a while by moving Sheffield into his spot with Houston on the other. Demorrio Williams should be playing more in Belcher’s spot. They’re both small for the position, but they should go 60-40 with Williams. Jackie Battle is by far their best option at RB right now. He and to a lesser extent McClain, should get the bulk of the carries with McCluster and Jones coming in here and there and on 3rd downs. Still think they should bring Brian Westbrook in for a look-see. I mean, him or Draughn? I bet Westbrook is still faster. Are there really no free agent tight ends who can catch at there at all? None? I don’t buy that either. Is the offensive line doing so well there’s no room to get Gaither on the field, even as a third tackle/extra tight end?
    Is Crennel’s defense just completely unable to account for tight ends? The guy’s a great coach of the 3-4 defense, but he has a blind spot on tight ends? That’s just wierd.

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