From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs had a short walkthrough practice Wednesday afternoon rather than a normal full two-hour practice.
Earlier Wednesday the players lifted weights and did some running, and then had just over one hour on the field as the coaches presented their game plans for Sunday’s game in Cleveland.
“In this mode of thinking outside the box, it was a different schedule for us on a Wednesday but I think it was a productive day,” said head coach Todd Haley. “They got a good run in this morning, and then we had a mental day in the afternoon. Tomorrow we’ll be back on a traditional schedule.”
Taking part in the workout was new LB Charlie Anderson, wearing No. 52. A seven-year NFL veteran, Anderson has played in 92 games in his six seasons in the league, spending five years with Houston and then last season with Miami. He came into the league a sixth-round choice of the Texans in the 2004 NFL Draft.
Haley said he was still getting to know the player, but knew he was big, fast and has a history of helping on special teams. “I’ll take all those guys that I can get,” said Haley. “That’s an area that I know we have to win every week.”
On the Chiefs practice participation report for Wednesday DE Tyson Jackson did not practice, while RT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin), DE Wallace Gilberry (back) and OLB Tamba Hali (foot) as limited.
Anderson took the roster spot vacated when the team placed rookie OLB Cameron Sheffield on the injured-reserve list. Sheffield has not been back to practice since he was in that helmet-to-helmet collision on August 27 against Philadelphia in a pre-season game. Haley was asked about Sheffield, but he would not talk about his injury.
Also on the field was WR Dexter McCluster, who was named the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance on Monday night against San Diego. McCluster had the second longest runback of the weekend in the kicking game with his 96-yard TD return against San Diego.Â Normally, the Chiefs coaches want their returner to stand at the 10-yard line and not go backwards. But in this case, even without a TD at the end, Haley had no problem with the play.
“We set him at the 10 and normally say if you take a step back to let the ball go,” said Haley. “That punter is a very good punter and he has a strong leg. We allowed some flexibility in judgement back there, that if he outkicked the coverage so to speak, our returner could catch the ball (inside the 10). It was a good decision by Dexter.”