Thursday 12/9 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

There was no Matt Cassel sighting at the start of Thursday’s practice session at the Chiefs indoor facility.

And while not providing a final status report on Cassel for Sunday’s game in San Diego,  Todd Haley said Thursday practice time was spent preparing Brodie Croyle to be the starting quarterback. The head coach says there’s a lot of similiar traits to the way Cassel and Croyle play the position.

“I think they can both be viewed as dropback quarterbacks,” Haley said. “They both have enough mobility to get themselves out of trouble when necessary. Obviously, Matt is a little bigger (Cassel is 6-4, 230, Croyle is 6-2, 205) but arm strength and all those things there are a lot of similarties. For that reasons when you do have to work one or the other in, you don’t have to make a whole lot of adjustments.”

The Chiefs added some things to practice on Thursday, like a play clock to help Croyle get back into the flow of getting from play to play. As they always do, they had crowd noise pumped into their indoor facility. “We turned it all the way up today,” Haley said.

But Haley said there shouldn’t be much extra that needs to be done, since it was up to the coaching staff to have everybody on the roster ready to go each and every week of  the season. 

“We constantly remind players that you don’t know when your number is going to be called,” said Haley. “You have to be prepared. You have to prepare like you are playing in the game even when you may not be playing. With Brodie who hasn’t had a chance to play, that preparation had better have been taking place every week, all season.

“This week it’s more reps (for Croyle) a bunch of discussions, which we have with them anyway. Brodie has been around here a long time and we have a very good feel for him.”

Cassel was listed as did not practice on Thursday’s practice/injury report. A game status report will come on Friday, when the Chiefs have to submit their injury report to the league with designations of out, doubtful, questionable or probable.  Haley said Thursday he did not know at this time what term would be put on Cassel’s status.

As the Chiefs went through their pre-practice stretching and position drills, Cassel was not on the field. He was also not in the rehab area. Cassel had his appendix removed on Wednesday. The Chiefs have not released any more information on the surgery.

Along the offensive line, RG Ryan Lilja (foot) was in working with the No. 1 unit. Lilja hasn’t been done that for several weeks, generally not working with the starters until Friday. FS Kendrick Lewis (ankle) and DB Donald Washington (ankle) worked with the secondary, although Washington appeared to be doing more watching than working.

Lilja was not even on the Chiefs injury/practice report for Thursday and both Lewis and Washington were listed as limited participants.

From San Diego, four players did not practice on Thursday: WR Patrick Crayton (wrist), TE Antonio Gates (toe/foot), WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring) and LB Brandon Siler (rib). Down as limited participation in practice were LB Stephen Cooper (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (calf), RB Darren Sproles (concussion) and G Louis Vasquez (neck). Participating fully in practice was DT Antonio Garay (ankle).  Cooper, Jackson, Sproles and Garay were all upgraded from their Wednesday status.


One Response to “Thursday 12/9 Practice Report-Update2”

  • December 9, 2010  - Joshua says:

    Sounds like SD is getting healthier, this will be a tough game to win.




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