Wednesday 10/20 Practice Report-Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

Did the Chiefs sign their newest player so they could pick his brain for knowledge about his former team?

No, says head coach Todd Haley. That’s not the reason that DL Atiyyah Ellison was signed to fill the roster spot that opened up when DE Alex Magee was traded on Tuesday to Tampa Bay. Ellison played in 15 games last season with Jacksonville, as the Jaguars head to Arrowhead Stadium for a game this Sunday.

“It’s not a get something on Jacksonville situation,”  Haley said after practice on Wednesday. “We worked him out a month ago. We keep a short list, a hold the fort list, a future list … we got a lot of lists. He was on one of our important lists. He’s somebody that we have done a lot of work on.”

The 6-3, 315-pound Ellison has been a journeyman defensive lineman since he was a third-round choice of the Carolina Panthers in 2005. He spent time with the Panthers, Ravens, 49ers and last year he was on the Jaguars roster and played in 15 games. Ellison had 28 total tackles, a sack and a deflected pass in the ’09 season.

“He’s been in the league a little bit and he’s a big defensive end that we feel like has a chance to fit here,” said Haley.

A native of St. Louis, Ellison played in 36 games during his collegiate career at Mizzou, finishing with 171 total tackles and 6.5 sacks. He attended Parkway South High School in St. Louis. Ellison is wearing No. 99 and he was on the field for Wednesday’s practice.

As for the player that used to occupy that roster spot, Haley didn’t shed much light on the decision to dump Magee after less than a season and a half.

“It just didn’t work out,” Haley said. “I really like Alex. I think he’s a very talented young defensive player that has a lot of potential and upside. I think he’ll realize that. It just didn’t work out here. I wish Alex the best. Like all decisions we will do as a staff what we think is best for our team. First and foremost is in the now, but without ever losing sight of the later.”

The Chiefs were not in full pads for their Wednesday practice; that’s generally the customary uniform for the first workout of the week. They were in shoulder pads and helmets, but the players were wearing shorts.

“Today I felt like I wanted an uptempo, and when we are in shells that’s normally what we’ve learned to do,” Haley said.

On the Chiefs participation report they had FS Kendrick Lewis (hamstring) and S Reshard Langford (ankle) listed as limited participant. There was full participation from RT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin), DE Tyson Jackson (knee) and WR Chris Chambers (finger).

For the Jaguars, both injured QBs did not practice on Wednesday, as David Garrard and Trent Edwards sat out. Garrard is recovering from a concussion and Edwards a thumb injury. Also not practicing was FB Brock Bolen (groin). Listed as limited in participation were DT Tyson Alualu (knee), CB Derek Cox (hamstring) and WR Mike Sims-Walker (shoulder).

6 Responses to “Wednesday 10/20 Practice Report-Update”

  • October 20, 2010  - Gary says:

    Answer Bob
    Since the NFL is cracking down on violent hit with penalties, fines and suspensions to protect defenseless players I think there are several other measure that need to be evaluated and potentially implemented to protect the health of players in a collision-oriented game. I am sure these concepts have been discussed and they evolve around equipment changes and would like to hear your thoughts and what you know:
    1. Soft(er) helmets and face masks
    2. Soft(er) shoulder pads and other pads
    Equipment is designed to protect the players for the collision. My thought is the pads and helmets do more than protect the tackler (hitter), they make the hits much more intense and often amplify the impact.

  • October 20, 2010  - el cid says:

    Being reported that Chiefs traded Magee and 6th round pick for a 5th round pick. When you got something you cannot use, you dump it. Yardsale, $300. TV stand for $20.00, if you are lucky. Still better than 0 for Pollard.

  • October 20, 2010  - jim says:

    Like I said earlier, eliminate face masks and go back to leather helmets and you immediately end the helmet to helmet issues.

  • October 21, 2010  - Chuck says:

    If that is correct regarding getting a 5th rounder and giving up a 6th rounder + Magee, color me NOT IMPRESSED.

  • October 21, 2010  - Justin says:

    It’s called what the market will bear. There are a lot of players out of work…

  • October 21, 2010  - Michael O says:

    Why didn’t they just bring Tank Tyler back? Younger and more game experience.

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