Practice Report/Orton Update – 12/15

From the Truman Sports Complex

Kyle Orton took another step towards starting at quarterback against Green Bay with his performance in Thursday afternoon’s practice.

Working outside in chilly temperatures and a gusty wind, Orton had no problems throwing the ball with his dislocated right index finger.

“Yesterday, Kyle did more than I expected he would, so we gave him more today and he seemed to have weathered the storm pretty good,” said head coach Romeo Crennel. “We feel good right now about where he is. We’ll have to see how it feels in the morning, how the soreness might be and how he handles it.

“But I thought today would be a good test with the weather. If you can execute in the cold weather and survive it, then I think you’ve got a pretty good chance of playing.”

Waiting to see how Orton’s finger reacts Friday was the only thing holding Crennel back from saying without a doubt he would open the game under center.

“He probably will start for us,” Crennel said. “Like I told him and told the team, if he can go, that he was going to be the guy. He’s done decent so far, and he’ll probably be the guy.”

Orton said he should be starting on Sunday.

“We’ll take it one day at a time, but I’m pretty pleased with how it is going,” Orton said.

The toughest problem Orton has right now is getting used to wearing a glove on his passing hand. The glove allows the team to place protection on the index finger, but keep it from hindering his throws. “I really don’t like to do it,” Orton said of wearing a glove. “But there’s really no way around it, so I’ve got to make the best of it.”

Orton wore a glove for six weeks when he suffered a similar injury in Denver. “I’ve thrown my whole life without a glove,” Orton said. “I don’t like to switch up if you don’t have too.”

SS Jon McGraw has a high ankle sprain according to Crennel and did not practice for a second consecutive day. It’s highly likely that he will not play this weekend and in fact his season maybe over. A high-ankle sprain generally takes much longer to rehab than a normal sprained ankle.

CB Javier Arenas and WR Jonathan Baldwin were missing from practice because of illness. They arrived in the morning and then were sent home by the trainers to rest and deal with the flu-like symptoms.

Thursday’s injury/practice report for the Packers matched their report for Wednesday:

  • • OUT – OT Chad Clifton (hamstring/back), WR Greg Jennings (knee).
  • • DID NOT PARTICIPATE – LB Desmond Bishop (calf), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion), RB Brandin Saine (concussion), RB James Starks (knee/ankle).
  • • LIMITED PARTICIPATION – G Josh Sitton (knee).
  • • FULL PARTICIPATION – LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So’oto (back).


6 Responses to “Practice Report/Orton Update – 12/15”

  • December 15, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    This has been a rough week because I still think that Todd got fired because somebody(s) didn’t do their job. Regardless, come Saturday my wife and I will leave for Overland Park to spend the (sometimes wild) night at my son’s home. 8:00 Sunday my wife and I and my son and his daughter will be sleepy heading towards Arrowhead. In the parking lot, dressed in red, with the grill going and a beer in hand, I always have hope. Sometimes not very smart. Like a chance to beat the undefeated superbowl champs? Are u kidding me? But that’s why I go; there is always a chance. (Just wish the cheap owner didn’t charge me $27 to park). Go Chiefs.

  • December 15, 2011  - Michael says:

    John, have a beer and a brat for me.

  • December 15, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Michael, two. Thanks.

  • December 16, 2011  - Chuck says:

    To Johnfromwichita; John just enjoy your day with your family and remember that life is short so have a great day and don’t fret about the outcome.

  • December 16, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Regarding Ortons glove giving him problems and Baldwin and Arenas having the flu. It seems to me that things keep going from BAD to WORSE. Just think about it for a minute what this team has had to go thru this year. First they go out and get Branden Siler LB and he gets hurt before the season even starts. Then Moecki, Berry, Charles, Cassel, Orton gets hurt, Haley, and now 2 key guys with the flu. All I can say at this point is that Pioli damn well better get this head coach and offensive coordinator thing right or their is going to be a CHIEF UPRISING AT ARROWHEAD NEXT YEAR.

  • December 16, 2011  - RW says:

    Orton with a BOXING glove on would be better than Palko.

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