Training Camp Practice Report – 8/5

From St. Joseph, Missouri

The weather, the lack of an off-season conditioning program and the clocking ticking towards the start of the 2011 NFL season all met in a perfect storm Friday afternoon at Missouri Western State University. It was a storm of cramps, pulled muscles, heat exhaustion and a bunch of Kansas City Chiefs players that were not prepared for an August afternoon in northwest Missouri.

By the time the practice was over several players had been taken to the locker room while others were still on the field, but struggling to finish the 2½-hour session. All of the players that were struggling shared a common denominator – they’ve just begun to practice. For most, Friday was their second day.

Tamba Hali, Barry Richardson, Le’Ron McClain and Justin Houston – all were in various stages of pain. As is their want, the Chiefs do not provide any injury information during training camp. But there’s no question that Hali was cramping – that’s what he yelled at one point to the trainers. Richardson walked off the field to the medical tent holding his stomach like he was going to be sick. Richardson left the field on a cart, that also included another player, who was laying in the back, covered with towels and held down by a trainer. Given the fact that Hali disappeared from the field around the same time, he just may have been the undercover player.

On Thursday, McClain returned his lunch during the first half-hour off practice, because he said he was so excited about finally being on the field. Turns out, he may just not be in shape. About halfway through Friday’s practice his participation came to an end. Again no word if it was heat related or something else developed, but it wasn’t a good sign.

Whatever Houston was doing during the last week when he could not get a contract agreement done, it wasn’t conditioning in hot, humid weather at a fast pace. Practice started at 3 p.m. and within 90 minutes, Houston looked like he was all done. Give him credit, he finished out the day, but a young man just gifted with an NFL contract should be able to get through his first practice without being doubled over.

What’s interesting is that a.) Last Friday it was much hotter and more humid than this Friday, and b.) Players that went through that hell on earth practice did not show any problems after this one.

It’s all part of what Todd Haley has been trying to explain about how he’s approaching this unusual camp, given the different levels of conditioning among the players.

Here are some observations from the practice:

– DE Glenn Dorsey (left knee) and WR Jonathan Baldwin (right leg) did not practice. They were in the rehab area with TE Tony Moeaki (right knee) who remains on the PUP list.

– Friday’s No. 1 sub-defense against the pass had DEs Tyson Jackson and Wallace Gilberry, LBs Derrick Johnson and Hali and defensive backs Brandon Carr, Brandon Flowers, Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Javier Arenas and Jon McGraw.

– Before they both got tired, Hali and Houston were doing some hand fighting work with Master Joe Kim, the taekwondo expert.

– In one-on-one work in pass rush and pass protection, rookie OT David Mims got a lot of work, a he went up against five different rushers during the drill. Only LB Demorrio Williams made him look bad, beating him to the outside with speed. The young man has some skills, but needs a world off repetitions and coaching. Bobby Greenwood moved from tackle to guard and he had a nice session pass blocking blitzing ILB Micah Johnson.

– K Ryan Succop hit four of five field goals, missing wide right from 47 yards and putting the ball through the pipes from 30, 37, 40 and 47 yards.

Here was the No. 1 kickoff team on Friday, from left to right: Ricky Price, Quinten Lawrence, Jovan Belcher, Terrance Copper, Reshard Langford, Succop, Jackie Battle, Demorrio Williams, Andy Studebaker, Cory Greenwood and Eric Berry.

3 Responses to “Training Camp Practice Report – 8/5”

  • August 6, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    Just briefly mentioning Dorsey (left knee), Baldwin (right leg and finger too) and Moeaki (right knee), I said all along that this long fight over the 10 year contract that alot of these guys would not stay in shape and we would have lots of injurys. Unfortunately all 32 teams are going to experience more injuries than normal.

  • August 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    Correct and the owners gave away OTAs and tough training for the eternal dollar so expect more injuries over the next few years. Haley should be stressed out nicely trying to baby players into getting into shape.

  • August 6, 2011  - Steve says:

    Thx, Bob.

    I’m really starting to question the value of practicing in such heat. That said, these staffs are professionals, and anybody it doesn’t kill will prob’ly be tougher for it. I just don’t like breaking people down to build them up.

    Hard to say, ChuckP and el cid, if there’ll be more injuries. It seems likely, but players train bettr on their own than they ever did a few or more years ago. And the rules on LENGTH of actual practices may take the top right off the injury bug, like a speedy WR takes the top off the secondary.

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