Pre-Season Chiefs Update – 8/24

From the Truman Sports Complex

“Tonight’s a big night for us.”

No, Todd Haley isn’t taking his team to a concert at Sprint Center. The Chiefs will work out under the lights inside Arrowhead Stadium in a practice that is open to the public. More details on the event coming up.

The reason it’s a big night for the Chiefs is part of Haley’s approach to this pre-season where everything is taken on a day-by-day basis, and since it’s the next practice, it’s a big thing for his team and his coaches, who continue to evaluate the 88 players with the idea of getting to 53 players in 10 days.

That’s 88 players because the Chiefs have lost ILB Brandon Siler (left) for the season due to an Achilles tendon tear suffered on Tuesday. His agent David Cantwell said on Tuesday that Siler’s injury came on the final play of practice, and that surgery is part of the rehab. Siler was signed as a UFA from the Chargers and his loss will not have much of an effect on the Chiefs defense; he was running with the third team unit there.

Where it will hurt is on special teams, as Siler was considered one of the better cover men in the league. Also taking him off the depth chart now has the Chiefs lacking experienced backups at inside linebacker behind starters Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher. Eighth-year pro Demorrio Williams is there but among the four other ILBs there’s only one that’s played in an NFL Game: Cory Greenwood. The others are Justin Cole, Micah Johnson and rookie Amara Kamara.

It’s believed the injury came in an extra session that was added to Tuesday’s practice where second and third string players get extra snaps. Haley calls it a developmental period. Unfortunately for Siler, nothing developed this time but a season ending injury.

Now, more details on Wednesday evening’s practice – there is no charge for admission or parking. Stadium parking lots open at 5 o’clock, the stadium gates open at 6 o’clock and at 7 o’clock, players will sign autographs for approximately 15 minutes before the start of practice. There will be a fireworks show to finish up the evening. Fans will be limited to the lower level and there will be some concessions open, as well as the team’s Hall of Honor, Sports Lab and team store.

Other Chiefs tidbits:

– Haley said he’s happy with the development he’s seen from his defensive line through the pre-season. “I’ve seen progress from a number of guys and even a couple of late additions to the mix, each one shows a little something that would give them a chance to be part of what we are doing,” Haley said. “The name of the game is development. That’s what we’ve been trying to do. I’m encouraged.”

– More from Haley on his defensive line: “Glenn Dorsey has made tremendous progress. The nose position with the addition of Kelly Gregg was a big thing for us. He can still play. Tyson (Jackson) has continued to make progress.”

– Haley said he was “thrilled” about some of the events that will be associated with Friday night’s game against St. Louis that will draw attention to the continuing rebuilding efforts in Joplin. The Chiefs coaching staff will be wearing special Joplin shirts and hats on the sidelines. The same apparel will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the Joplin Relief Fund.

14 Responses to “Pre-Season Chiefs Update – 8/24”

  • August 24, 2011  - Niblick says:

    That’s too bad about Siler. I thought he would compete with Belcher, but it sounds like he was more a special teams guy. I’m not sure of the remaining ILB, which ones played on the same side as Siler. I guess some can play either side. It seems that Williams backed up DJ. Perhaps some of you know. I think Kirk Morrison, who played for the Raiders, is about the only available ILB. I’m sure more will be cut that we might have an interest in signing.

  • August 24, 2011  - Michael says:

    Bob, will any of the apparel be available online to us out-of-town’ers, or just at the stadium?

    Thx again for all the great work!!!

  • August 24, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Michael-I think the the apparel is available at under the online pro shop link. At lest thats what I saw on the Chiefs web site.

  • August 24, 2011  - ED says:

    Kamara looked very good in first preseason game. Cole also looked good throughout preseason. So hopefully one of those two guys will continue get better and step up.

  • August 24, 2011  - el cid says:

    The name of the game is developement – Haley. If you buy that, then where do the Chiefs stand in the West? Anyone? Isn’t every team developing players every year? Are we not building on the 10 wins of last year? This all means nothing until the season starts but is it a concern?

    To bad about Siler, guess Haley’s concern on conditioning was correct but did not help because we have done nothing on the field but scrimmage and still got an important cog out for the year.

  • August 24, 2011  - Mark says:

    Last I checked we stand #1 in the West. And we’re still developing.

  • August 24, 2011  - el cid says:

    Guess so, Mark. Might check out SD on the NFL channel. They have an offense that can actually score tds. raiders beat us twice last year. denver is a disaster waiting to happen. Yeah, we are #1 but you might listen to Haley today. He come across like a HC for an expansion club not a #1.

  • August 25, 2011  - tuan says:

    yea ok, SD look good on paper every year and as alway everybody say they’re going to win the west
    and maybe super bowl contender, yea what when it the last time SD win any thing ???? it’s
    just the way haley is and you should be getting use to he talk by now, as an CHIEFS fan I’m good with that, the regular season it not even start and you already sound scare >>ps raider is RAIDER there is
    no way they’re going to sweep the west again.

  • August 25, 2011  - tuan says:

    the CHIEFS won 10 game last year were unexpected and you may say they was luckie, but I’d rahter be luck then be paper tiger (SD) haha.

  • August 25, 2011  - Milkman says:

    Would love to see the Raiders fall down again. Tom Cable did a great job, considering what he had to work with last year. So how does he get rewarded? He gets replaced by the next flavor of the month who’s never been a head coach. Maybe he’ll be the next Bill Belichik. I just hope he’s the next Rich Kotite.

  • August 25, 2011  - el cid says:

    I get it. But just what have the Chiefs shown so far this year to us? We may be ardent Chief fans but will Breaston, McC, and Gregg make the difference to you. Can you say, man, just waiting for ______ from the draft to start tearing up the NFL? I just do not see it. It may be a hangover from the lockout but, man, do we look lost at to what direction this team will take this year.

  • August 25, 2011  - Justin says:

    el cid, relax man. your negativity and pessimism is a bit overwrought right now. It is still the preseason and just because the team does not fall into your category they are not doomed.

    Is it different than most teams around the league? Sure, but look at the Giants. Half their damn roster is out for the year. Look around the league and see how many more season ending injuries there are. I’d like to field a healthy team and one that appears to be going again many of the other teams #2′s as the starters keep getting hurt.

    BTW, the Raiders needed all kinds of ref help and time clock help IN THEIR PLACE to beat us last year.


  • August 25, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    “Chiefs have lost ILB Brandon Siler for the season due to an Achilles tendon tear suffered on Tuesday”

    That makes 3 of us this year; Siler, me (June 13), & Alex Trabek (Jeopardy). I’ll be ready for the playoffs, though (ha ha ha).

    Go CHIEFS!

  • August 25, 2011  - dinomight says:

    I predict Kelly will make all the difference in the world for our defense. Everyone of our defensive players will look better because of him. Then add in a sprinkle of Tyson Jackson pulling out all the stops in his third year breakout and watch with joy and spirit in your heart.

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