From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs practice participation report for Wednesday’s session lists both WR/RB Dexter McCluster and RG Ryan Lilja as limited participants.
McCluster is listed with an ankle injury and Lilja with a right-hand injury.
During the brief window where practice was open to the media, McCluster did not take part in any of the individual wide receiver drills. At the other end of the field, Lilja watched as the Chiefs offensive line and tight ends worked on blocking moves. His right hand and wrist was bandaged and he was sporting what was a brace/cast on th right hand in the locker room afterwards. Rookie Jon Asamoah was working at the right guard spot with the No. 1 offensive line.
Also listed as limited in his participation was S Reshard Langford with a lower left leg injury.
As always, head coach Todd Haley would not address the injured players and their maladies. “All these guys are not going to feel any better today than they did yesterday,” said Haley. “That’s just the way it is. We have a bunch of guys fighting through a lot of things. I”m sure Dexter is no different than everybody else. That’s part of the NFL, that’s part of becoming a good football player.”
Haley didÂ talk about McCluster and his play.
“He has some carries and that’s something I really wanted to see, because I think when you have some real good running backs like we do, when you have someone with different abilities it can get lost in the shuffle.” Haley said. “We were able to get him in the backfield and have him carry the ball and he did it efficiently.”
McCluster’s chances with the ball in his hands have averaged seven per game in the first five games and then nine times against the Jaguars. Over the six-game season to date, he has averaged 7.2 touches per game.
“Coming into the season, one of the important things was to monitor his development and making sure not only that we didn’t do too much, but also we do enough,” said Haley. “Where do you set the bar, on any player? He’s getting better every week.”
Haley was happy with how his team got through Wednesday’s practice and he called the 0-6 Bills “a dangerous, dangerous team” in speaking to the media.
“It’s hard when you watch the tape to believe their record is what it is,” Haley said. “It shows you how tough it is to win in the NFL. One, two, three, four plays come down and make a difference in the game. Last week, they went out and had 500 yards of offense against a very good defense (Baltimore). They overcame early turnovers, then were not able to overcome the final one in overtime.”
It was aÂ full complement of 61 players was on the field for Haley in the early part of practice. That included the newest member of the Chiefs active roster, LB Mark Simoneau. To make room for Simoneau on the roster, the Chiefs released DL Atiyyah Ellison, who they signed last week.
Back on the practice field was WR Jeremy Horne, who was added to the practice squad. Horne spent the first five games on the active roster before being released last weekend.
In Buffalo, the Bills had three players miss practice on Wednesday and all are starters: LT Demetrius Bell (knee), RT Cornell Green (knee) and FS Jairus Byrd (thigh). Two other players were listed as limited in participation: CB Terrence McGee (back)and LB Keith Ellison (knee ).