Practice Report/Update – 9/9

From Arrowhead Stadium

Backup OT Jared Gaither was not practicing with the Chiefs during their Friday morning workout inside the stadium and he’s been listed as questionable for Sunday’s regular season opener against Buffalo. That’s not good news when it comes to offensive line depth.

The big man did not immediately head to the rehab area, but after the stretching period Gaither joined the offensive linemen as an observer. Since he signed in the first week of camp, Gaither has had knee problems. The injury report lists knee as his problem and said he did not practice on Friday.

The only other OT on the active roster is recently claimed on waivers Steve Mareni, who has not yet played in an NFL regular season game. On the practice squad is rookie David Mims, who has not played in a regular season NFL game. Should either Branden Albert or Barry Richardson go down during the game, it would be a real scramble to see who would take his place. Other than Mareni, the only other blocker on the active roster is rookie Rodney Hudson.

Also popping up on the injury report on Friday was WR Steve Breaston, who was limited in Friday’s practice by a hamstring problem. He’s listed as probable, as is QB Matt Cassel with his cracked rib. WR Jonathan Baldwin is officially out of Sunday’s game;  Baldwin continues to be a non-participant in practiced due to his broken right thumb.

There were 61 of 61 players on the field for the practice. LG Ryan Lilja was back and Cassel didn’t appear to be any worse for the wear of the week on that cracked rib suffered last week.

For the Bills, LB Arthur Moats (knee) is out, with NT Troup Torrell (lower back) and WR Marcus Easley (illness) were listed as questionable.

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