Romeo’s Happy: The Pads Are Coming Out

From St. Joseph, Missouri

Head coach Romeo Crennel is excited about Sunday afternoon’s practice at Missouri Western State University. It’s officially day No. 4 of training camp and that means the pads are finally going to worn and the Chiefs will take a closer step to actually playing football.

“The first day in pads there is always excitement with that,” Crennel said Sunday morning in meeting with the media. “You get to have some contact. Shorts are OK, but this is football and it’s a contact game. You’ve got to have that to get ready for the regular season.”

One guy who won’t be in pads Sunday afternoon is LT Branden Albert. The current agreement between the players and the league says a player must have a three-day acclimation period before he’s allowed to put on the pads. Because Albert missed Thursday, which was the official first day of camp, he won’t be able to pad up until Monday.

Another player missing will be free agent S Kyle McCarthy who suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s practice. Crennel said “it doesn’t look good” but the medical staff was waiting for the swelling to go down before making a decision on his future.

Crennel won’t know until practice whether OLB Justin Houston will be allowed to participate. Houston missed Saturday afternoon’s practice with a stomach illness, but he was taking part in the walkthrough on Sunday morning. That did not clear him for working in the afternoon.

Also waiting for the medical staff to make a decision is FB Taylor Gentry with an unknown problem.

Still missing are WR Dwayne Bowe (no contract) and DB Jacques Reeves (family problem).

Sunday practice is set to start at 3:20 p.m. It will be a hot one as temperatures in St. Joe were inching their way towards 100 degrees at lunch time.

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