Wednesday 11/17 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley called the weekend in Denver a “wake-up call” for the Chiefs as they got back to work on Wednesday, starting the preparation week for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

“If nothing else it was a wake-up call for us as a (coaching) staff that we have to get back in the mindset that was allowing us to compete and be in games, because we were in every game until last week,” Haley said. “It was really a wake-up call game that we can’t play games like that. We just can’t have them. They happen in the league and we saw it in other games over the weekend, but we can’t have them, they can’t happen to us.

“We can prevent those games from happening and that’s what going back to basics, that’s all it is. ”

The Chiefs were in full pads for Wednesday’s practice, something that’s not unusual for them, and it seems like they will be in pads for the full week given the fundamental things that Haley is talking about.

There was a little bit longer period for the individual position group drills, that were all dedicated to fundamentals at various positions. Plus, they had a session of nine-on-seven, a drill built for the running game and the run defense.

Overall, the report from the locker room was positive about the direction of practice on Wednesday.

“I thought it was a very good practice for us today,” Cassel said. “I thought there was very good competition out there. Guys did bring a lot of energy. They are excited to get back out there and get this taste out of our mouths from last Sunday. The guys want to get things back on track. We went on the road the last two weeks and lost two tough games, now it’s time to get back home and get this thing going in the right direction.”

Cassel was asked about his ankle, which he injured in the Denver game but did not come out. Haley said his quarterback was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

“It’s fine, I’m not limited at all,” Cassel said.

The same could not be said for TE Tony Moeaki. He was not on the practice field Wednesday. Moeaki suffered a head injury of some type in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game in Denver. Some outlets have reported it as a concussion, but the Chiefs have not confirmed that news or provided any details. He’s simply listed as not practicing with a head injury on their practice report to the league. The rookie TE was the only person missing from the field as Haley took his team outside to work in the cold and windy conditions.

The team announced a roster move on Wednesday as LB Mark Simoneau was placed on the injured-reserve list and to fill the open spot on the active roster the Chiefs re-signed LB Charlie Anderson. Simoneau had not played a regular season game in 2008, 2009 and the first half of the 2010 season before he got on the field in a special teams capacity last Sunday in Denver. He was credited with one special teams tackle, but apparently he suffered a season ending injury, although the Chiefs provided no details on his physical problem. He signed with the team on October 27th.

During the media open window to practice LG Brian Waters, FS Jon McGraw and WR/RB Dexter McCluster were doing more watching than participating in the position drills. Waters is coming off what the team called a groin injury suffered in the Denver game. McGraw missed that game because of a knee injury and McCluster is trying to return from the ankle sprain he suffered on October 24. All were listed as limited participants in Wednesday’s practice.

McCluster was walking laps around the practice field while the rest of the receivers were working with the quarterbacks on pass routes.

Working at left guard for Waters was Jon Asamoah. At right tackle, Barry Richardson was running with the No. 1 offensive line. FS Kendrick Lewis was working with the No. 1 secondary after missing last Sunday’s game because of a hamstring injury.

There’s another injury to report, as the head coach was limping about on Wednesday due to a leg injury. It appeared to be his right leg, but that wasn’t obvious because for the first time this year, Haley wore sweat pants on the practice field; he’s almost always wearing shorts, even in cold weather. After practice,  Haley wasn’t interested in talking about his injury, saying only he was a full participant in practice.

Arizona released a lengthy injury report from its Wednesday practice. Not working were RBs LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring) and Jason Wright (head). Down as limited participants were DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder), SLB Clark Haggans (groin), CB Greg Toler (foot), RB Beanie Wells (knee) and DT Dan Williams (calf).

Injured players who were full participants were LBs Will Davis (knee) and Paris Lenon (ankle), S Kerry Rhodes (hand) and TE Stephen Spach (foot).

7 Responses to “Wednesday 11/17 Practice Report-Update2”

  • November 17, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    I sense a sense of humor.

  • November 17, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    I sense PANIC if we cant get these guys on the field. Lewis back is great, but McCluster, Waters, Moeaki, McGraw, all not practicing….ouch. IF we could just get McCluster and Moeaki ready for sunday, Id feel a little better!

  • November 17, 2010  - RW says:

    This injury list reflects back to what Bob had to say about the Chief’s chances a couple of weeks ago in that the team is thin in quality personnel and can ill afford multiple key injuries. And what happens next????

    NEXT MAN UP! It’s become the clarion call all of a sudden and could get even louder as we pound down the stretch. I was good with 6-8 wins this season before it began. That standard could be very much in play.

  • November 17, 2010  - Blake says:

    Hasn’t Lewis been out for 4 games this season?

    And 3 of those 4 have been losses?

    I think he plays a much bigger part on this team than most people realize, McGraw just cant cover as well as Lewis can. I don’t think Oakland would have had us much success if Lewis was in there, Denver and Houston definitely wouldnt have, since they pass the ball so much more.

    I think if Lewis and McCluster come back and KC starts winning again, we will see that these two players are very valuable to our organization.

  • November 17, 2010  - Pat says:

    I see the game this week as VERY winnable. I guess if they don’t, then we’ll know more about this Chiefs team than if they do.

  • November 17, 2010  - el cid says:

    There are way to many injuries right now, depth is pretty weak. Not sure there is a gimmee on the schedule. When McCluster returns, do not expect Pope to replace Moeaki in Cassel’s sights. Also, AZ has a passing attack (see denver game). Got to get healthy and then “winnables” may show up.

  • November 17, 2010  - Edward says:

    I think Lewis returning to starting free safety will help the back end of the defense. To me he’s just as important to the defense as Eric Berry is. Both of those guys have been playing at a high level sense training camp. Hopefully he can get throught the remaining 7 games and the playoffs. As for offense will hurt without Moeaki Pope has just got to step up. What I would love to see is us get Tucker more involved in the passing game he made another good catch last Sunday. We need to get him some more balls thrown his way.

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