Practice Report/Injury Update– 9/23

From the Truman Sports Complex

There was some speculation that this week was when first-round draft choice Jonathan Baldwin would return to full participation in practice and be ready to play after rehabbing his broken right thumb.

It did not happen and he’ll be inactive again on Sunday when the Chiefs visit the Chargers in San Diego. That will be 6 games total that he’s missed – 3 pre-season and 3 regular season – since he and Thomas Jones tussled on August 16 in St. Joseph. He continues to wear a brace on his right hand/wrist.

Along with declaring Baldwin out of Sunday’s game, the Chiefs list DE Wallace Gilberrry (knee) as questionable and OLB Tamba Hali (ankle) as probable. The Chiefs said both were full participants in Friday’s practice.

Over on the Chargers side they have ruled out DE Luis Castillo (broken leg). Listed as doubtful were WR Malcom Floyd (groin), DE Corey Liuget (ankle) and S Bob Sanders (knee). TE Antonio Gates (foot) is questionable and WR Vincent Jackson (abdomen) and RB Mike Tolbert (calf) were listed as probable. Both were full participants in practice. Also missing from practice for the Chargers was CB Quentin Jammer down with an illness. He’s listed as probable.

During the open window to practice for the media here’s the normal routine for Baldwin: stretching with the full squad … running routes against air with the receivers … heads to the rehab area where he works on agility, quickness and the like with an assistant strength coach … runs a few pass routes on air while the offense is practicing.

The concern with Baldwin is that even though the thumb may heal enough to play, there will be questions about how deep he’s gotten into the playbook and if he knows what to do and where to go when he’s on the field. One of the items that sparked the conflict with teammate Thomas Jones reportedly was Baldwin’s nonchalance in learning the Chiefs offense.

DE Wallace Gilberry (neck) and OLB Tamba Hali (ankle) were taking part in practice and while they were on the injury report this week, there’s little doubt that both will play as long as there are no Saturday setbacks.

Today is an important day in San Diego for the Chargers to see who can and cannot practice today. Four key members of the offense were on the injury list and have not practiced this week: WR Vincent Jackson (abdomen), RB Mike Tolbert (calf), WR Malcom Floyd (groin) and TE Antonio Gates (foot). On defense, they are still waiting to see if rookie DE Corey Liuget (ankle) and S Bob Sanders (knee) are ready to go.


11 Responses to “Practice Report/Injury Update– 9/23”

  • September 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    Baldwin won’t be back until probably next week against Vikings or following week against Colts. Don’t know how much good its going to do with QB who doesn’t have arm strength to throw it downfield


  • September 23, 2011  - el cid says:

    What kind of receiver is Baldwin? Saw nothing in St Joe. Large, supposedly good hands. Is he a deep threat or possession type? Anyone follow him in college?


  • September 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    He is cross btwn Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson. He got good leaping abilty like Larry but also has good speed like Andre and Calvin not bad combo if this kid continue to work on being great


  • September 23, 2011  - napahank says:

    It will be interesting to see injury reports on teams the next few weeks. It would be impossible to quantify the effect of no OTA’s and little attention to conditioning (except KC).

    This may be our only hope for competing this year is to win the battle of the non-starts due to poor-conditioning injuries. I still have not seen any reports as to whether ACL tears is conditioning related or impact injury or even just a bad luck injury.


  • September 23, 2011  - Petey says:

    You know Ed, I’m really hoping Cassel does well just to spite you…


  • September 23, 2011  - Michael says:

    Yeah, and all this means nothing if he continues to be a whinny little man child. At least bowe didn’t show his immaturity until his second year, or hurt himself.

    Petey, let us just not acknowledge him and maybe he will leave as did anonymous (aka, the denver fan) did a year or so ago.


  • September 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    Lmao im jus stating facts i mean do i want him.do well yes. But im realest and dont have blinders on like some of you. As for Michael man child comment dude really. Im not whinning only pointing out obvious. If you like him so much start him on your fantasy team.


  • September 24, 2011  - tuan says:

    see cassel have one good game and then what ? maybe win three more after that and be (4-12 or 5-11 )in today NFL, not fifteen years ago.in today NFL any team that go deep into playoff or to win super bowl all have good QB play,doesn’t have to be great and I don’t think our team have a good QB.look at the freaking LIONS do you remember how they look before Matt stafford,


  • September 24, 2011  - tuan says:

    that is ok ED J . at least I felt the same way you
    felt about the QB play. look I don’t know cassel and I don’t hate him I also heard he’s a nice guy and all but as a fan I want to see my team to win
    and it start with the QB, I known he can’t do it all by him self but good quaterback make offense move then your deffense don’t have to spend all day on the field and try to stop the other offense from thier own 35.


  • September 24, 2011  - ED J says:

    Agreed Tuan thats all I’m saying. I think Cassel cool as person even think he’s one of the top backup QB in this league problem is he’s a starter. That’s all I’ve been saying this whole time. I want to see Chiefs win and QB position is most important on the team we have a guy incapable of playing the position at high level I would like to see a more skilled and talented guy playing the position. We spend all day talking about how we need backup safeties and more o-linemen and defensive end. But bottom line if you don’t have good to elite QB you’re still going to lose football games. Ask Colts how they are doing without Peyton Manning. Or let Drew Breeze go down for ths Saints. Or even let Stafford get hurt again God forbid for the Lions. It makes a difference


  • September 24, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Ed…there you go again…

    To blame all the Chiefs problems in ’11 on one player is just simple minded. Maybe that’s all you got?
    Cassel led us to 10-5 Division Champs last year. SO THE FACT IS HE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO GET KC TO THE PLAYOFFS.

    So what is different this year?
    Missing from ’10: Weis, Waters, Vrabel, Shaun Smith(leadership)
    Moeaki who was a huge weapon that helped the running game go and Bowe not get doubled all the time.
    Berry the first defensive series vs. Buffalo. He is the key to our secondary.
    Now Charles, our best offensive player.

    These are facts.




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