Thursday 11/18 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex 

The Chiefs had fun on Thursday. 

At least their head coach thought they did as they went through their second practice of the week in preparation for Sunday’s game against Arizona. 

“We had another spirited  practice and I felt like we got back to having a little more fun,” Haley said after practice. “I think that was one of the keys to what was going on early in the season. It’s just a feeling. We have a sign up here that says  don’t confuse routine for commitment. Sometimes I think you get into a routine a little too much. One of the things I know I felt all the way through training camp and the beginning of the year that guys were running around having fun, and felt pretty good about themselves. I felt that here this week.” 

ILB Derrick Johnson backed up his coach’s feeling. 

“It was exciting,” Johnson said of practice. “Just running around out there, it was cold, bodies aren’t fresh but it’s football. You don’t want to think too much. When you lose the last two games that we lost, you just have to get back to where we were before mentally. We can’t lag around and feel sorry for ourselves.” 

TE Tony Moeaki remained absent from the practice field. The rookie out of the University of Iowa is dealing with a head injury, most likely a concussion, he suffered in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s game in Denver. 

Watching practice on Thursday was FS Jon McGraw (knee/head) who is dealing with multiple problems. He did not participate in any drills when the practice window was open to the media. 

WR/RB Dexter McCluster for the first time participated in some of the wide receivers drills, although he ran very gingerly on that sprained ankle. It’s the first time he’s been seen doing anything but running in place since he suffered the injury. 

LG Brian Waters was watching more than participating as Jon Asamoah filled in at his spot. Waters is also dealing with multiple injuries, although the Chiefs list him with a groin problem. 

On their official practice report, the Chiefs said Moeaki and McGraw did not practice, and that Waters and McCluster were limited and FS Kendrick Lewis was a full participant. 

The Chiefs made an addition to their practice squad, signing LB Eric Bakhtiari. The open spot on the eight-man squad came when S Ricky Price was promoted to the active roster last Saturday. 

Since entering the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2008, Bakhtiari has racked up a lot of mileage as he’s been on the practice squad of five teams before signing with the Chiefs: San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and earlier this year with Miami. He played in three games with the Titans last year and had six tackles in the kicking game.  Bakhtiari – pronounced bock-TAR-ee – played at the University of San Diego and grew up in the suburbs just south of San Francisco. The 6-3, 250-pounder played defensive end in college, but is an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. He began the 2010 season with Tennessee, but was released on the final cutdown on September 4th. He spent a month with San Francisco’s practice squad, and was released on November 8th. Miami signed him to their practice squad on November 10th, and then released him on Tuesday. 

His main claim to fame so far in the league is that during training camp with the Titans, RB LeGarrette Blount threw a punch at him during practice. Blount was the player who was suspended at the University of Oregon for punching an opposing player at the start of last season. He’s now currently running very well for the Tampa Bay Bucs. 

Also, LB Mark Simoneau announced his retirement from football on Thursday. For two years he was on the sidelines due to injury and then got a chance to play this past Sunday against Denver. But he suffered an injury when he was covering a kickoff in the first half and did not return to play after half-time. “It’s hard to end my career on this note, but the thought of not being able to pick my daughter up was enough to make me realize I have to move on to the next phase of my life,” Simoneau said in a prepared statement. 

From Arizona’s practice report, they had three players that did not take part in the workout: RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring), RB Jason Wright (head) and CB Greg Toler (foot). Limited in participation were defensive starters DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder), LB Clark Haggans (groin), RB Beanie Wells (knee) and S Kerry Rhodes (hand).  Full participation came from LB Will Davis (knee), LB Paris Lenon (ankle), TE Stephen Spach (foot) and DT Dan Williams (calf).

2 Responses to “Thursday 11/18 Practice Report-Update2”

  • November 18, 2010  - dave says:

    Wonder wthe Chiefs had to pay Simoneau for one game? NFL vet minimum? Never could understand them adding this guy.

  • November 19, 2010  - cychief24 says:

    Thank goodness Lewis practiced today. It killed us not having a FS vs. donkees.
    The 45 game day rule is incredibly stupid.

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