Chiefs Update 11/5
From the Truman Sports Complex
The continuing shuffle of the Chiefs roster went on Wednesday as the team added three players to the active roster and one to the practice squad.
They also had a lively two-hour practice indoors, as Herm Edwards literally turned up the heat on his team, pushing the thermostat for the indoor facility to 75 degrees to condition his team for their trip this Sunday to southern California and a game with the San Diego Chargers.
Not taking part in practice were LB Derrick Johnson (hamstring) and CB Pat Surtain (quad). Edwards has already ruled Surtain out of Sunday’s game and said Johnson was unlikely to play. Limited in participation was S Jarrad Page (groin).
Good news was that CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring) and P Dustin Colquitt (groin) both practiced.
Joining the 53-man active roster were CB David Macklin, CB Ricardo Colclough and DE Wallace Gilberry. Joining the practice squad was running back Omar Cuff.
Macklin and Colclough are both veteran cornerbacks and that’s a departure for the Chiefs in this season of rebuilding, one that Edwards acknowledged after practice.
“To go in and play right now, it’s tough to get another young guy ready in there because they don’t know the system,” said Edwards. “Macklin has been in the system with Tony (Dungy) and he can go play nickel and corner. He can help us there, and he’s going to be up this week.”
“Up” means that Edwards expects Macklin to be active for Sunday’s game against San Diego and he acknowledged Colclough could be active as well.
Macklin (5-9, 193) (top) is a 30-year old corner with more than 100 games of NFL experience with Indianapolis, Arizona and Washington. He entered the NFL as a third round pick of the Colts in the 2000 NFL Draft out of Penn State. Macklin spent four seasons with the Colts, three seasons with the Cardinals and last year with the Redskins. In the ’08 pre-season he was with the St. Louis Rams but was released prior to the start of the regular season. He has 14 career interceptions and two more in the post-season. He will wear No. 34 with the Chiefs.
Colclough (5-11, 194) (right) is a 28-year old cornerback who has played in 36 NFL games with Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He came into the NFL as a second-round choice of the Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Tusculum College. He owns a Super Bowl ring from his time with the Steelers, when he played in Super Bowl XL against Seattle. Colclough spent parts of four seasons with the Steelers and played last year as well with the Browns. He signed as an unrestricted free agent with Carolina but was released prior to the start of the regular season. He has one career interception and 2.5 career sacks. He’s also returned kickoffs and punts over his career. He will wear No. 30 with the Chiefs.
Gilberry (6-2, 268) (left) is an NFL rookie who went to training camp with the New York Giants and was part of the team’s practice squad last week. He was signed by the Giants as a college free agent out of the University of Alabama, where he played in 50 games and made 33 starts for the Crimson Tide. In that time he had 21.5 sacks and earned All-SEC honors as a senior last year. Since he was signed off the Giants practice squad he must remain on the Chiefs active roster for three games. He will wear No. 94 for the Chiefs.
Cuff (5-10, 195) is an NFL rookie who went to training camp with the Tennessee Titans. He spent one week on the Cleveland practice squad after the Titans released him before the start of the regular season. Tennessee signed him as a college free agent out of the University of Delaware, where he played 41 games, running for 4,364 yards and 65 touchdowns.