Pre-Season Practice Report – 8/21

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While the details remain sketchy, there’s no doubt that whatever happened between Jonathan Baldwin and Thomas Jones left the rookie wide receiver with a problem. A big problem.

As the Chiefs went through their first training camp practice back at their facility, Baldwin was in the rehab area sporting a big cast on his right arm, from about mid-forearm down to his wrist and including his thumb. While his teammates were working in practice, Baldwin was on the stationary bike and he was high stepping up and down the field at one point wearing a harness connected to a small sled-like apparatus that had some weight on it.

The Chiefs did not have anything more to say about the incident than they did after the game on Friday in Baltimore when it became known that last Tuesday, Jones and Baldwin tangled at Missouri Western State University.

“As I’ve conveyed over the last three years everything that happens within these walls is family business,” head coach Todd Haley said before practice. “That’s the best thing for our team. To become a real good team, you need to have those areas that are off-limits. Certain things and areas are going to continue to stay family business. I appreciate everyone’s curiosity … but there are certain things and areas that are going to continue to stay family business.”

When the Chiefs locker room was open to the media after practice, Baldwin was nowhere to be found. The media ran into Jones as they were entering and he was leaving the locker room; he did not return.

On the subject of football, there’s another thing that Haley won’t talk about and that’s injuries and on Monday the Chiefs injury report had more names on it than just that of Baldwin and his wrist/thumb.

That included LT Branden Albert who went down in practice with what appeared to be an injury to his left eye. Albert walked off the field and into the team’s medical tent holding a towel over the left side of his face. In the locker room after practice he did not acknowledge the injury, but it appeared that his left eye was a bit bloodshot. No matter what it was, it does not appear to be a serious injury.

Offensive tackles were a big part of the injury scene on Sunday beyond Albert. Jared Gaither was dressed and took part in positional portion early in the practice, but then he limped over to the rehab area for the rest of the afternoon on what appears to be a sore right knee.

Already in the rehab area was veteran backup OT Ryan O’Callaghan who is out for an unknown reason. It does not appear to have anything to do with his legs, as he moved about the bikes and walked without problem.

Then during practice, rookie OL Chris Harr, who has been playing tackle, spent about an hour in the team’s medical tent with what looked like heat related problems. Still, near the end of practice, Harr was back out there practicing with the backup offensive line.

Early in practice, TE Jake O’Connell walked off the field with the help of the training staff after suffering a right ankle injury. He did not return.

Missing from the practice field was rookie OLB Gabe Miller, who appears to have a left leg injury of some type. In the workout area with O’Callaghan, Gaither and Baldwin were LB Eric Bakhtiari (head), C/G Darry Harris (knee) and NT Anthony Toribio (knee).

After that medial report, a few observations from practice:

– Haley made good on his goal of simply moving training camp from St. Joe to the facility – the team was in full pads for its first practice of the week.

– Special teams work between the outside guys on punt and punt return teams was fun to watch. It was a double-team for the returning team against a single flyer for the punt team. The idea is for the coverage guy to disengage himself from the blockers, while the blockers basically try to mug the coverage guy. WR Verran Tucker was very good working as a coverage guy. So was rookie CB Jalil Brown. One guy who stood out on both sides was undrafted rookie CB Demond Washington.

– The WRs and DBs did a lot of work against each other, including two man offensive sets against one side of the defense. WR Steve Breaston got a push off on CB Javier Arenas to make one catch … WR Jerheme Urban got off the line of scrimmage after a big push from CB Travis Daniels in press coverage and made a nice catch … CB Demond Washington did a nice job knocking down a pass to WR Jeremy Horne … FS Kendrick Lewis almost picked off a pass from QB Tyler Palko … Later, FS Sabby Piscitelli picked off QB Matt Cassel.

– Overall in the seven-one-seven passing drill, the Chiefs offense went nine of 12 with an interception, as Arenas picked off QB Ricky Stanzi … Cassel was 5-of-5 in throwing the ball, finding WR Dwayne Bowe twice … Palko was 2-of-4, missing on a deep throw to WR Terrance Copper who faced good coverage from Jalil Brown … Rookie TE Charlie Gantt caught two passes … Stanzi was 2-of-3 with the interception.

– The Chiefs will practice again on Monday afternoon, with a Tuesday morning practice and then a Wednesday evening workout inside Arrowhead Stadium that will be open to the public.

One Response to “Pre-Season Practice Report – 8/21”

  • August 22, 2011  - Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 8/22 | Sports Feedr says:

    [...] Pre-Season Practice Report – 8/21 from Bob Gretz Against Baltimore, McCluster saw plenty of action as a third-down back when working with the first-team offense. He appeared in seven of nine third-down snaps throughout the first half, but to pigeon-hole McCluster as a third-down back would be inaccurate. [...]

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