Wednesday 12/15 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

After the 31-0 loss in San Diego, veteran guard Brian Waters said the best thing the Chiefs could do in the aftermath is forget the game and move on.

Based on the tone of the Chiefs locker room after Wednesday’s practice, they have done that.  Certainly, OLB Tamba Hali did, as he sat in front of his locker with what appeared to be an I-Pad and basically was holding a karaoke-rap session with some of his teammates. They were having a good time.

“I think you can tell by the vibe in here that this team has put that behind us,” Waters said on Wednesday. “That’s what good teams have to do.”

It didn’t hurt the vibe of the locker room that they got through practice with their starting quarterback Matt Cassel taking part in the work. The Chiefs called his participation limited in the workout, but he was on the field, throwing the ball and taking snaps with the No. 1 offense.

“I think right now we are day-to-day,” Cassel said of his status for playing on Sunday in St. Louis. “The trainers and coaches will discuss it and we’ll proceed with caution and see where I’m at.”

His teammates did not see anything different from Cassel.

“He looked just like Matt always looks,” said WR Terrance Copper. “You couldn’t tell there was anything wrong with him.”

The deciding factor will be how he comes through the practices this week and how he feels over the 96 hours from Wednesday morning through Saturday evening.

“If I can go out there and I can do everything I want to do without any discomfort and without any pain, I want to play,” said Cassel. “It feels good and it gets better every day.”

When it came to throwing the ball in the early part of practice, Cassel was obviously not at 100 percent. Most of this throws were short 10-yard tosses which he delivered with some velocity. But the few longer passes he tried were soft ball throws. When the offensive and defensive units came together at the end of the open period, Cassel was headed towards the running drill, while Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko were working with the receivers and defensive backs.

“It truly will be a day-to-day thing with Matt,” said head coach Todd Haley. “That’s not on any kind of level of secrecy. I don’t think we’ll know. We have to see how he responds each and every day. It’s not your normal injury situation that you generally deal with. There are a lot of factors at play.”

The other big news that came out of the practice was the fact that all 61 available players were on the field and working. Some may have done a bit more work than others, but during the open period of the practice, there was no one in the rehab area and the stationary bikes were still and silent. That’s a remarkable situation for a team that is 20 weeks into the NFL season counting training camp and the pre-season.

When the Chiefs released their practice/injury report for Wednesday, the only player listed was Cassel

Everyone else went through the positional drills and was taking part in the action, including several players who were banged up in San Diego on Sunday like FS Jon McGraw, CB Javier Arenas and WR/RB Dexter McCluster.

Across the state in St. Louis, the Rams had three players who did not practice on Wednesday: TE Mike Hoomanawanui (ankle), P Donnie Jones (illness) and LB David Nixon (hand). Listed as limited in participation were: CB Ron Bartell (neck), G  Jacob Bell (knee) and RB Ken Darby (chest).

18 Responses to “Wednesday 12/15 Practice Report-Update2”

  • December 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    Heard somethng that might get me to chance some of my opinions. If this were Sept and we said the team would be 8-5 in Dec, would you be happy? I thought heck yes. So why am I complaining about opportunity lost. K. Harlan said this is not a good team anyway. Look at who they beat, who they lost, and Oakland have better talent as a whole than KC.Also, next year the Chiefs will face more talented teams and probably have a worse record with better talent. So I guess I will get off my high horse and say good year.

    Of course, if we end up 8-8, it would mean a 4 loss end of year. Not the most promising thing I can imagine. It is just what might have been and got tossed to the roadside.

  • December 15, 2010  - Tim says:

    I agree el cid. We’re in the “gravy” area from a realistic standpoint BUT now that we ARE here, we might as well maximize the opportunity. Somebody has to win. It might as well be us.

  • December 15, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    el cid I agree with some of your observations. An important thing to remember is this. The Chiefs got better this year and I have no doubts we will continue to get better next year. We are a team on the rise. We are young & maturing.
    Agreed we will face what appears this year to be tougher division rivals next year. Some of those teams will get better and some will not. Granted our competition this year (come to find out)was not that tough. Who would have thought or projected that the 49ers, Texans and even the Colts were not going to be very good this year. Certainly not I.
    Go Chiefs.

  • December 15, 2010  - MattMac44 says:

    “Everyone” talks about “…next year, the Chiefs will play a more difficult schedule, more talented teams…” Every year the NFL is fluid (outside of the Pats, who seem to be non-stop good). Weren’t those teams such as Dallas, Cincy, San Francisco, Minn., etc. all supposed to be playoff teams according to “everyone” this year? What happened? …. Oh, they actually played the games.

    As much as I hate to say it, Al Davis was right: Just win, baby. Of course our Chiefs team has flaws. Would it make much difference if they were 10-3 or such? No – because the pundits need stuff (i.e., talk) to fill in the space from Sunday to Sunday. I don’t care who the Chiefs beat, just that they beat ‘em. I’ll take an “ugly win” over a crappy team any day – it’s just too bad you can’t get 16 of those.

    It is only year two of “re-building” (i.e, being a crappy team). I have already enjoyed the season more than the previous two and can’t wait for the final three weeks. It is so nice to be able to have hope for one more week of Chiefs football past the guaranteed 16 ……

  • December 15, 2010  - aPauled says:

    Calling it a good season with 3 games to go and a chance to get into the playoffs? Not me. As stated…closing out with a 4 game losing streak wouldn’t be promising and would tell us something about the team. This team has an opportunity and needs to step-up and embrace that opportunity to get into the playoffs…regardless of expectations, schedule, etc.

  • December 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    aPauled, the old el cid would have agree with you but “more knowledgeable” types all seem to say we are wrong. Even some of the Gretz faithfull are “satisfied” with what the team has accomplished at 8-5 and seemingly discount the last 3 games or a playoff run (we are not ready for that, why? I do not know). Heck, even Enrique, seems satisfied T. Jackson showed up for one stinking sac after 29 games. I better bite my tongue before I say what I feel and it is not all warm and fuzzy for the 2010 season of Pioli and crew.

  • December 15, 2010  - DAVID says:

    Well El cid let me elaborate for you…………I was all warm and fuzzy until last weekend. I eagerly sat at home waiting on a game that never came. because for the last 12 weeks I knew I could sat down and see for the most part a hard fought competitive game put on display by my Chiefs! But that team never even showed up at the airport, and I will tell you I am really pissed. That was a complete debacle that made our players and especially our offensive coaches look like fools. Wonder why we dont get national love, thats why, were all schedule baby. What happened to getting better everyday and all that crap? This team seemed to make real progress but with a little bit of adversity thrown their way they collapsed! I hope it was a big learning experience for the team, esp. the coaches, they should have been able to get the team “UP” for this game, They never looked for a moment like they thought they could win? After all that is one of the biggest parts of their job. Anyway the time is now!!!!! you cant ever let a chance at the playoffs just go bye bye. This team can be there if they play up to their potential, And of course I for one hope they do !!!!!! GO CHIEFS

  • December 15, 2010  - Enrique says:

    Satisfied? Absolutely not, el cid.

    If you remember, I picked the Chiefs to go to the Super Bowl before the season began, and I stand by my prediction. Anything less than that would not cut it for me. And I’m serious about that. The fact that Jackson got his first sack is encouraging, but to think that the buck stops there would be downright mediocre (to say the least). This ’10 Chiefs team is evidently flawed, but they undoubtedly have a chance to do something special. It’s up to them to grasp it.

    As far as biting your tongue? Why? Please, go ahead and voice your opinions. You have every single right to express what you feel about the team. It’s not like we have to agree all the time, don’t we?

  • December 15, 2010  - Rick says:

    I know this is a long time ago but go back to 1997 and the Chiefs and 49ers are both really good teams with identical records. The 49ers came into Arrowhead that day looking to solidify home field advantage if I remember right. Week 14 and the Chiefs spank them 44-9. I remember that game very well. 49ers had every right to play us good and for whatever reason they were totally out matched by the chiefs. My point is it happens. We have lost 2 games this year where it didn’t look like we showed up to play a game. Are we in the Patriots class hell no but we are improving and I for one will take it. I believe we get better next year and will play with the teams on our schedule. We start getting Arrowhead magic back and win 7-8 games at home and 3-4 on the road and we will be in the playoff hunt for the foreseeable future. 3-0 baby for the rest of the year and one home playoff game is what I want from Santa this year!!

  • December 15, 2010  - Edward says:

    Another thing is lets not say this team isn’t good based on who they beat. That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard fans or media say. If you’re a good team you beat bad teams or mediocre teams. Is this team a Super Bowl contender? No. I think you have to be a great team or close to great for that which this team isn’t yet. This is a good team because it has beaten most of the teams on its schedule and we lost to Chargers who care we didn’t have our starting QB. If Rivers would have not played and Cassel would have played people would be saying oh the Chiefs won because Rivers was not on the field. I think we ought to give our own team that much credit that if Cassel would’ve been there the energy level of the team and coaching stat would’ve been different. As for us facing better competition who cares we should be getting better as a team through talent and experience to compete with other teams in this league that’s how you become a champion. Fans need to get out of the loser mentality. Is this a great team? no but a good team I would say so. We just need to stop getting so caught up in the losses. This team will win its next 3 games be AFC west champs. So everyone just needs to relax.

  • December 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    Only because you mentioned it…..New Arrowhead has lost some of its noise dominance. Lots of positives about the remodel but the absolutely deafening noise is not there. Maybe the glass absorbs it?

  • December 15, 2010  - Edward says:

    Secondly why are people knocking TJax didn’t we learn from calling Dorsey a bust only a yr into being a professional NFL Player. Def tackle/def end in 3-4 defense takes at least 3-4 yrs before a guy can truly reach its potential. Tjax came on 1st game of the season got hurt had setback in his development as a player and was the only bright spot of last week game. Hopefully like Dorsey he’ll continue to show flashes the remainder of the season and next yr be a big time contributor to the defense like Dorsey has been this seaosn. Fans are so darn impatient if you just take your emotions out of it you’ll not get worked up just to talk about how wrong you was later.

  • December 15, 2010  - Michael says:

    same’ol, same’ol…makes me laugh every time. When the Chiefs win, they are the best team ever. When they lose, they are the worst and will never win again. Some people are already giving up on the last three games? And some are already trying to figure out how the Chiefs will do next year? Before the draft, before free agency, completely discounting any more improvement from within? Makes little sense to me.

  • December 15, 2010  - aPauled says:

    Fans should be impatient. It should never be acceptable to have a losing season. Is a losing season acceptable in Pittsburg? Are Steeler fans patient when they do have a losing season? No…because they are winners. Chiefs fans have had to endure 3 pathetic years…this is time to perform…not be patient. As fans we have to expect this team and the players…even young players…to step-up and contribute…right now.

  • December 15, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    Just an fyi bob. First time I got on this website n its n mobile phone format just now. Awesome!!!!

  • December 16, 2010  - Jonathan says:

    Chiefs fans are really spoiled. Before the season started if someone said that KC would be in 1st place at 8-5 with three games to go and having to win out by playing St. Louis, Tennessee, and Oakland you would have thought that person should be committed. Sure they had a clunker at the worst possible time but as this season has proven that the Chiefs follow up bad games with good ones and will be ok.

    Also, even though New England has been appointed as the Super Bowl representative for the AFC they have their flaws. Granted their flaws may be fewer than Kansas City’s but if a team can jump on them early and expose their secondary (like Cleveland did) who knows. Baltimore’s defense isn’t as feared as it was in the past. Pittsburgh has been struggling on offense and if their defense has a bad game who knows. The Jets haven’t looked good in nearly two months. Indy has no running game and their defense can be muscled up. Jacksonville’s secondary can be exposed. Oakland is Oakland and I think they will falter down the stretch. San Diego I feel is going to lose a winnable game as their special teams or something will break down. Sure the Chiefs have their warps but so does everyone else.

    Stop talking about next year’s schedule. Automatically the play the Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Jets, Patriots, Bills, Packers, Bears, Lions, and Vikings. Schedules are fluid and who knows how teams are constituted. Injuries and timing will play a part. But let’s worry about 2011 after the season is over and focus on the playoff stretch. GO CHIEFS!!!

  • December 16, 2010  - Rick says:

    El cid maybe the 10,000 fewer fans than we had when we was good is the reason for the noise not being loud at Arrowhead. The opening night against Chargers I thought was loud until the rain came. Use to be 75-78,000 at every game now probably around 60-62,000 at games.

  • December 16, 2010  - Gerardo says:

    The Bills again? My brother’s team, we are building a rivalry there! I started supporting the Chiefs because of the great games against the Bills in the 90′s

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