Thursday 12/23 Practice Report-Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley had the Chiefs back outside Thursday for the second practice of week in preparation for Sunday’s game against Tennessee.

For the players and staff it was a bit warmer than Wednesday’s workout, as temperatures were right around 35 degrees and the wind was light. Right now, the weather forecast for game day has temperatures in the mid 20s, with partly cloud skies.

Haley liked what he saw on Thursday.

“I felt like it was another good practice for us,” Haley said. “Our guys understand that this Tennessee Titans team is a very good team that’s won a lot of games over the years.”

What especially concerns Haley and the Chiefs defense is the ability of the Titans to hit the big plays on offense. With players like RB Chris Johnson, WR Nate Washington, WR Kenny Britt and possibly WR Randy Moss, Tennessee has the tools to achieve big chunks of yardage.

“They have a number of explosive players that we have to be ready to handle every down,” Coach Todd Haley said. “They can score from anywhere on the field.”

Haley also said the kicking game will be a major factor in the outcome of Sunday’s meeting with the Titans.

“That’s an area we have to compete in at a high level and be better than most teams we play to have a competitive chance,” Haley said.

Just as it was the day before, the only players not working in the practice were DB Donald Washington and LB Cory Greenwood. Washington was in the rehab area on the stationary bike dealing with his left ankle injury. The Chiefs say Greenwood is dealing with an illness and he was not on the field for the second consecutive day.  After practice Greenwood said he was feeling much better.

The Chiefs will have a normal Friday schedule on Christmas Eve.

The Titans reported that they had everybody practicing on Thursday, including those that were out or limited on Wednesday:  DE Jason Babin (shoulder), K Rob Bironas (groin), QB Kerry Collins (finger) DT Jason  Jones (shoulder), LB David Thornton (hip) and DT Sen’derrick Marks (ankle).

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