From Arrowhead Stadium
The Chiefs opened the doors to Arrowhead Stadium and a couple thousand fans enjoyed a free taste of the renovated stadium and a two-hour practice from Todd Haley and his team.
The head coach liked the idea of getting his team into the stadium for a look before Friday night’s pre-season game against Philadelphia. It’s a place that a good portion of the roster has never seen and those that have been there might not recognize many parts of the building that underwent a $375 million renovation.
“I’m pretty anxious to get up there and see some of it, and here before too long, once I find a little free time, I want to get up there and take a good look around,” Haley said. “We as a team are really looking forward to this, going up there and getting a feel for our new stadium before we actually hit the field.
Once they did get on the field, the focus was the Philadelphia Eagles and preparing to meet one of the NFC’s better teams on Friday evening.
Here are some observations:
–Sitting out of Wednesday night’s practice were RT Ryan O’Callaghan, G Darryl Harris and CB Maurice Leggett. Harris was rehabbing his left knee injury and Leggett made his first appearance since he was taken off the field in Tampa on Saturday with a neck injury.
– OCallaghan suffered a right-leg injury in practice on Tuesday morning and was not part of the Wednesday night practice. Taking his spot in the starting lineup was Barry Richardson.
– QB Brodie Croyle was dressed and threw the ball in individual drills, but he did not take part in the team work portions of practices. Tyler Palko continued to fill the role as the No. 2 quarterback. Croyle continues to wear a small pad on his right forearm.
– DE Wallace Gilberry continued to take snaps with the No. 1 defense in some situations during the Wednesday night session, replacing last year’s first-round pick Tyson Jackson. Coach Todd Haley said he and his coaches are trying to find the right roles for all their players.
– After various experiments, the defensive staff seems to have settled on its nickel defense, with OLB Mike Vrabel moving inside next to ILB Derrick Johnson and Andy Studebaker playing on the edge where Vrabel used to play. CB Javier Arenas is the nickel back.