Tuesday Practice 8/31 Report

From the Truman Sports Complex

With a short week to get ready for Thursday night’s pre-season finale against Green Bay, the Chiefs had what amounted to a Wednesday/Thursday/Friday practice on Tuesday. Todd Haley put his club through a two-hour session where they spent time trying to cram in all the things they would do over three days in a regular season week.

But luckily this is pre-season, and a game that does not count. Haley was unwilling to reveal just how much time his starters would be playing against the Packers, saying final decisions were to be made in a Tuesday afternoon meeting of his staff.

“We had to be on our toes this week and try to get as much done as we could, while keeping in mind the Green Bay game is coming fast,” said Haley. “We do have to give them some offensive, defensive and special team looks that they will see against the Packers.”

The Chiefs started the day getting down to the NFL roster limit of 75 when they released WR Lance Long. He joined the club in the second week of the ’09 season, after spending opening weekend on the roster of the Arizona Cardinals. Long joined the K.C. practice squad but then moved up to the active roster.

Here are some observations from the session:

– There were five players that did not take part in Tuesday’s practice: OLB Tamba Hali, RT Ryan O’Callaghan, OLB Cameron Sheffield, CB Maurice Leggett and G Darryl Harris. WR Chris Chambers was limited in his participation.

– Hali is battling a right ankle injury, but it does not appear to be something that would keep him out of the regular season opener in 13 days. Hali suffered the injury last Friday night in the Philadelphia game.

– O’Callaghan continues to hobble about with an injury to his right groin and doesn’t appear to be close to returning to the starting lineup. O’Callaghan suffered the injury during practice on Aug. 24.

– Leggett was in the rehab area Tuesday, the first time he’s been back on the field since he was carted off with a neck injury in Tampa on Aug. 21. Leggett apparently suffered a concussion on the play as well, and that’s held back his quick return.

– With injuries to Hali and Cameron Sheffield, second-year OLB Pierre Walters has joined the No. 1 nickel defense on the outside. Walters is one of many young veterans on the roster bubble going into the final cut-down day.

– Here’s how the No. 2 nickel defense lined up on Tuesday: Tyson Jackson and Alex Magee on the line, with John Russell, Jovan Belcher, Donald Washington and Walters playing linebacker. The secondary was Mike Richardson, Reshard Langford, Kendrick Lewis, Travis Daniels and Ricky Price.

– QB Brodie Croyle got the most practice work that he’s seen in three weeks and appears prepared for extended playing time against Green Bay on Thursday night. Croyle suffered a right arm injury on Aug. 13 against Atlanta. In Tuesday’s practice he showed no ill effects of the unknown injury, throwing several up and out routes that took arm strength.

– Haley said of Croyle that it’s time for his backup quarterback to “get back into the swing fast. It’s good that he hasn’t appeared too rusty. ”

– The Chiefs ran some Wildcat plays in preparation for Green Bay and they added a new wrinkle with WR Jerheme Urban taking some of the snaps, along with Dexter McCluster.

– Talking post-practice, Coach Todd Haley would not provide any clues on starting assignments at both inside linebackers and center. “We have a chance to get more information,” Haley said. “We are excited about all those positions because of the competition.”

– The No. 1 punt team lined up this way: WR Jeremy Horne and Washington as the outside flyers, with blocking from RB Jackie Battle, Studebaker, Belcher, snapper Thomas Gafford, LB David Herron, LB Corey Mays and Langford, with WR Terrance Copper serving as the protector in front of P Dustin Colquitt.

– There was a lot of work done on the flyers downing the ball deep inside opponent’s territory. Washington had a real nice play where he knocked the bouncing ball out of the end zone and into play. On the other end of that spectrum, Horne completely lost a punt in the air and had no idea where it was coming down. It bounced into the end zone for a touchback.

– The offense spent a lot of time in a third down segment working with Cassel in the shotgun, flanked by McCluster and RB Jamaal Charles, with Urban and WR Dwayne Bowe split wide, and TE Leonard Pope in the slot.

3 Responses to “Tuesday Practice 8/31 Report”

  • August 31, 2010  - Michael says:

    Donald Washington was playing linebacker in the number 2 nickel defense? Interesting, if true.

  • August 31, 2010  - TDKC says:

    Interested to see if Washington even sticks with the team

  • August 31, 2010  - MarkInTexas says:

    Thanks Bob. From observation at camp and versus Eagles, I am very encouraged about the running game and defensive backs. Linebackers are a wild card. Defensive ends will be serviceable. Cassell (I’ve been an apologist) and passing game will be a weakness. Bottom line…8-8 and hopeful for the future!

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