Thursday 10/21 Practice Report

From the Truman Sports Complex

The NFL told DL Shaun Smith this week that they were rescinding the $10,000 fine levied against him after the Chiefs game with San Francisco on Sept. 29.

The league office said that Smith had grabbed 49ers OT Anthony Davis in the groin during the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Davis was the second player in two weeks that claimed Smith had grabbed their package. When the fine was passed down to Smith, he said he was going to appeal.

That appeal was successful and Smith gets to keep $10,000. In a letter to Smith from the NFL office, the league says there was “no conclusive evidence” to backup the charge. The letter was signed by Art Shell, the former Raiders Hall of Fame offensive tackle, who also once worked as an assistant coach with the Chiefs.

Smith posted the letter next to his locker.

“I’m happy; it’s been a cloud hanging over my head since week three,” Smith said. “But through the process the bashing of my name, you know I have kids and they looked at it and heard it. I’m just glad it’s over.”

The letter indicates that the decision to hand down the fine came after film review by Merton Hanks, a former 49ers defensive back who also works for the league.

“You’ve got to see evidence of something to justify taking action,” Smith said. “People get fined every week by the league. That’s why you have to appeal.”

The Chiefs had all 61 available players working in practice on Thursday afternoon, as the team worked outside and enjoyed another beautiful fall day in Kansas City. Listed as limited in participation was S Reshard Langford (ankle). FS Kendrick Lewis (hamstring) was moved to full participation.

Head coach Todd Haley was very happy with practice because he saw veteran players working with younger players, passing down their knowledge and trying to help them improve.

“We have a good mix of veterans helping young guys and the young guys developing,” Haley said. “I only say that because it seemed like today I saw  little more of it, which was an encouraging sign for me. It was veteran guys who have been around a bit, really working hard to help the development of some of the young guys that have to help us now.

“Today was a good day. We got better today.”

Thursday is the day the Chiefs work on third-down offense and defense. Offensively, they improved a great deal last week against Houston, converting 56.3 percent of their opportunities.

“We’ve had a couple good ones and a couple bad ones on third down,” Haley said. “It’s always something where we want to be more efficient, taking into account that the one thing we can’t do is turn the ball over. We’ve done a fairly good job of that to this point, but it has to continue in a week like this against a team like Jacksonville that’s big and physical, a run and hit team. We have to stress it, stress it, stress it.”

Down in Jacksonville, QBs David Garrard (concussion) and Trent Edwards (right thumb) did not practice, along with FB Brock Bolin (groin). Moved to full participation were DT Tyson Alualu (knee), WR Michael Sims-Walker (shoulder) and CB Derek Cox (hamstring).

2 Responses to “Thursday 10/21 Practice Report”

  • October 21, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    Well, at least they got better again today. I don’t know what I’d do if they didn’t.

  • October 21, 2010  - Petey says:

    That’s because you did it, Shawn. Those other players wouldn’t have reacted they way the did unprovoked. Consider yourself lucky the cameras didn’t completely catch you.

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