Practice Report/Update – 11/25

From the Truman Sports Complex

We have a Kyle Orton sighting. He’s alive and wearing No. 8 for the Chiefs.

Under the lights at Arrowhead Stadium Friday night for the final practice of the preparation week for Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Orton made his first public appearance with his teammates. During the open period of practice, he threw a few passes, but mostly watched as Tyler Palko led the offense through some final work on scoring zone plays.

Orton arrived in Kansas City around 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, and immediately hit the medical trail, taking exams and getting tested. Orton landed at the team’s facility late in the afternoon, got a quick tutorial and was with the offense as it went about practice on the Arrowhead turf.

Head coach Todd Haley said there was a chance Orton could dress and be the team’s third quarterback for the game. With the rules change of 46 players eligible on game-day, the Chiefs have carried only two quarterbacks on the active roster – Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko for nine games and Palko and Ricky Stanzi for one game. They could not dress Orton and make him the inactive third quarterback. If he’s dressed to play, he’s one of the 46 and the Chiefs would be giving up a game-day roster spot at another position or for special teams.

“I wouldn’t rule out anything at this point other than Tyler starting the game,” Haley said.

The only player that was not taking part in the early parts of practice was LG Ryan Lilja, who is out of Sunday night’s game because of a head injury. He was not spotted on the field. Rookie Rodney Hudson will take his spot in the starting lineup and head coach Todd Haley indicated confidence was high on the coaching staff that the second round draft choice would handle the position.

“The fact that he got to play a little bit last week was a big thing,” Haley said. “He did a good job for the snaps he was in. I have great confidence in Rodney and his ability to come in and step in for Ryan and for us to be able to do the things we need to do to have a chance to win offensively. He’s a versatile guy that didn’t lose his cool at all last week and he’s prepared hard this week. I’ve got great confidence in Rodney that he’ll step in and be able to allow us to keep moving forward.”

The Chiefs list three other players as questionable: DE Glenn Dorsey (knee), LB Demorrio Williams (groin) and SS Jon McGraw (neck/shoulder). All three missed the Monday night game against New England.

For the Steelers, their injury report looked like this:

QUESTIONABLE – WR Arnaz Battle (hamstring), LB Stevenson Sylvester (calf) and LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring).

PORBABLE – LB James Harrison (back), S Troy Polamalu (ribs), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right thumb) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee).

2 Responses to “Practice Report/Update – 11/25”

  • November 25, 2011  - rufus says:

    Nice. Flowers is back. I thought Carr played his best NFL game last week, very impressive. The Dynamic Duo return to Arrowhead.

    Welcome to Chiefs Nation Kyle Orton. Your services are appreciated. Now go beat the hell outta them. Them. Them, them, them.

  • November 26, 2011  - the other dave says:

    Rufus that was awesome.

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