Thursday 12/16 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

There were no updates on QB Matt Cassel after Thursday’s practice.

Head coach Todd Haley said the situation remains day-to-day. In the locker room after practice, Cassel said only that “he felt good” and that everything in practice “went well.”

Cassel was taking a regular part in all the drills during the window given the media to watch practice. Whether progress was made from Wednesday to Thursday is debatable. The Chiefs listed him as limited in participation on their official practice/injury report for the day.

But Haley made it plain that the coaching staff was getting Brodie Croyle ready to start as well as Cassel.

“You don’t know exactly how it’s going to turnout and even in best case scenario and everything goes well and Matt is out there, you still have to be prepared.”  Haley said. “It’s a balancing act to get both guys to be ready in all scenarios.”

Haley also said he would not rely only on Cassel’s assessment of his health in making the decision on his status for Sunday’s game in St. Louis.

“He is competitive and he wants to play and that does make it challenging,” Haley said. “You’ve got guys that want to be in there no matter what. That’s why you’ve got a medical staff and trainers that you really trust and have great confidence in to make the right decision.”

In the stretching segment, any move or stretch that would put any type of strain on the lower torso was something that Cassel did not do. That’s not a good sign.

In passing drills, he rifled off a couple of passes to the sideline of 15 to 20 yards that had some velocity. That was a good sign. But also in the throwing drill, there was no question that Cassel wasn’t cutting it loose. It was not his normal drop back mechanics. His footwork was loose and he really seemed to be trying to throw without involving his lower torso. That’s not a good sign.

All 61 available players were on the field for practice, the second day in row that all hands were on deck. No other players were named on the practice/injury report.

For the Rams, TE Mike Hoomanawanui remained out of practice with an ankle injury.  LB David Nixon (hand), CB Ron Bartell (neck) and RB Ken Darby (chest) were listed as limited. P Donnie Jones (illness) and G Jacob Bell (knee) were full participants in Thursday’s workout.

9 Responses to “Thursday 12/16 Practice Report-Update2”

  • December 16, 2010  - Kurt says:

    I was really dissapointed that the Chiefs didn’t set an NFL record last week against the Chargers, for the most Wildcat plays in a game. Even if Matt is able to play on Sunday, I hope they pound it out on the ground. GO CHIEFS!

  • December 16, 2010  - Michael says:

    Heck, yes, if Cassel can’t play go for the wildcat, and even some wing-t. The wing-t would be sweet with the rb’s KC has. Cox, Charles and McCluster for dynamic plays, and Cox, Battle and T.Jones for power.

    I’ve always wanted to see what a creative coodinator like Weiss (who was not creative the last game against SD, sorry to say)could do with the wing-t if he worked with it awhile.

    Whether Cassel plays or not, the entire team needs to buck up, coaches included, and put the stink of that last debacle behind them.

  • December 16, 2010  - Todd says:

    OK.. off topic..

    I’m watching what the Chargers are doing to the 49ers on NFL Network right now…

    Looks like another shutout (and only 4 days after their last game). I realize that the 49ers aren’t that great of a team, but even so, I don’t feel nearly as bad about last Sunday’s game now. The Chargers are really looking like one of those good teams that Haley talks about.

    If we keep them out of the playoffs, I will feel slightly guilty, because they ARE contenders. (Only SLIGHTLY guilty though).

  • December 17, 2010  - Chuck says:

    Iam in the medical field and so is my wife. We both have come to the conclusion that Matt probably won’t play on sunday. If he does it will be very limited as to what he actually can do. Hope our “ground game” goes better than it did against the Chargers. Speaking of the Chargers why can’t we get a NT like that Geary fellow. What what a beast he is and a funky haircut to go with it too!!!!!!!

  • December 17, 2010  - Michael says:

    NT Antonio Garay was available to all teams for the last two years after he was cut by the Bears. He was a decent backup type with Chicago, then I think he spent a short time on the Jets practice squad. But, after that, out of football for two years. He kept working to get back in the NFL, and finally reconnected with Ron Rivera in SD, who coached him in Chicago. Sometimes, it’s just old connections like that between players and coaches, or management and players. It’s kind of similar to the Chiefs DE Shaun Smith and Romeo Crennel. Always true that it’s best to never burn bridges, right.

  • December 17, 2010  - Edward says:

    Todd you gone feel guilty if they get left out what? No real chiefs fan say that. They are not contenders blowing out the 49ers we blew 49ers out so that doesn’t validate them as contender. They got beat by Seahawks. You talk as if they blew out the Steelers or Patriots.

  • December 17, 2010  - el cid says:

    “stink of the last debacle”, good one. I buy into what Petro said yesterday. The 8-5 is more about the schedule than the team. The Chiefs are not a lot better than last years bunch. A little but not “contender” status. Stats say Cassel is playing at a superbowl level but anyone confuse him with Brady or Manning, better than last year but come on. Denver and SD figured out Crennel weaknesses and pounded the defense (probably an decent def. coor. has a book on this group). Bowe had a wonderful few games but he is still a head case. ’09 draft is down to Succop (and Jackson has risen to a definite maybe) and the ’10 draft has not been shocking good since, what, the 4th game. The Chiefs are better but not at a contender level, maybe in 1 or 2 more years.

  • December 17, 2010  - david says:

    Lets just hope if Cassell does or doesnt play that Wies and Haley dont get so outcoached again. The game against SD had the worst offensive game plan I have seen since Solari and Herm left. Give Brodie a chance this week if he has to start. Loosen up the Rams D a little and then run it down there throat.

  • December 17, 2010  - el cid says:

    We will never know what is happening inside the Chiefs. But Haley as said, forever, the Chiefs are not a good team. When you look at “run, run, pass” even down 21 points and that Croyle looked like he was there to fill space, any outsider would say the Chiefs “knew they would lose and had no answer except to minimize stats and try to get out of the game injury free”.

    Got to expect the same sunday, no matter who is QB. We fans are hoping/dreaming of a playoff run but I doubt the organization, who would know the facts, has a minutes care about playoffs. It will be finish the year and start looking for next draft. This management group miss judged just what would happen this year and are totally unprepared to deal with a winning season. They have no answers, no solutions, just make the stats look good (no fumbles/int) and play out the string.

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