Practice Report 11/19 Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

More and more it looks like Andy Studebaker will be starting in the Chiefs defense on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starting OLB Mike Vrabel spent another day out of practice because of a left knee injury. It’s doubtful the Chiefs will go with Vrabel for this game.

And th means the 24-year old product of Division III Wheaton College will be in the Chiefs defense. Studebaker got playing time in the second half last week and held down the position quite well.

“You are never as good as you think you are and never as bad as you think you are,” Studebaker said after watching the tape  of the Oakland game.  “I left the game and thought I fit in the defense pretty well, but at the same time I made some mistakes too. This week, I’m working on minimizing those.

“It was game time-situation type stuff, things I thought I saw, but didn’t happen.”

Vrabel has not been ruled out of Sunday’s game, but he spent another day in the rehab area and not taking part in practice. He was joined by RG Andy Alleman and RB Dantrell Savage.

ILB David Herron returned to work after missing last week’s work and Wednesday’s practice because of a knee injury. Whether he’s recovered enough to get back on the field and contribute on special teams remains to be seen.

Alleman is dealing with a right knee injury and Savage has a sprained left ankle. Both figure to be listed as questionable when the team releases its official  NFL injury report  on Friday.

The Chiefs added LB Justin Rogers to their practce report on Thursday as limited participation because of a thigh injury.

For the Steelers. both DE Travis Kirschke (calf) and SS Troy Polamalu (knee) did not take part in Pittsburgh’s practice on Thursday afternoon.

14 Responses to “Practice Report 11/19 Update”

  • November 19, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    man we are probably going to get killed sunday.

    now with bowe gone, vrabel, savage, and alleman…………OUCH!!

    But I will be cheering them on hoping gfor a miracle

  • November 19, 2009  - jimbo says:

    Ouch is right…

    Sometimes when the chips are down. A few unexpected things can happen.
    I hope after Sundays game that we will be talking about a few players that did some great unexpected things.
    Go Chiefs.

  • November 19, 2009  - ThunderChief says:

    If the Chiefs beat the Steelers, it will be akin to the ‘Miracle on Ice’ game from the 1980 Olympics.

  • November 19, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    Not to wish any kind of injury on anyone…but, at least Polamalu won’t be playing. That can only help our chances…however small they are.

  • November 19, 2009  - had says:

    i think we can beatt these guys, i mean the raiders are alot simlar, think about it, tough d, good run game, big fat qb, and their without troy i think we got warmed up to these guys last week i really think we can upset these guys besides haley kinda knows thees guy from the super bowel. yes and i know roethlisberger is a lot better qb than russel and how is russel a qb in the nfl its astonishing to me this guy is horrible i bet i actually am a better qb than that guy my cousin dont drop my passes the guy cant complete anyting

  • November 19, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    They are not unbeatable , alot will have to do with how Matt hit’s his reciever’s , find a way to slow Hines Ward down . Seems like he is just open all the time .
    Other than that …Least ;calls
    bad returns
    mistakes in general
    If the Chiefs can break one run fo a T.D.

  • November 19, 2009  - el cid says:

    Like Studebaker just fine BUT I cannot believe DJ is not the guy to fill in for an injuried starter. How deep in the hole is DJ??

  • November 19, 2009  - ED says:

    Can’t wait to see Studebaker play Sunday. He applied good pressure Sunday when give opportunity. To me he’s a better pass rusher than Vrabel this point in his career looking forward to seeing what he can do full time come Sunday. I think he’ll do well. We’ve been needing someone opposite of Tamba to apply some pressure hopefully Studebaker continues to improve. El cid please let go the DJ stuff. The guy just wasn’t that good. He hasn’t shown much his whole career. Different defenses 4-3 3-4 inside or outside he hasn’t shown much of anything. I think his contract is up after this season I expect him to be gone next yr.

  • November 19, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    Can see both sides, ED and el cid. DJ seems to play decent whenever he’s in there…but for whatever reason, he seems to be in the Haley “doghouse”. Don’t see much indication he’s getting out anytime soon. Or, at all. But as you say, ED…”he wasn’t that good”. Didn’t live up to his potential, anyway. How good do you have to be to play for this team, though? No easy answers for me on this one. Just doesn’t look like it’s going to work out between DJ and the Chiefs, I’m afraid. Whatever the reasons…it would probably be best for both to part ways after this year.

  • November 19, 2009  - IDChief says:

    Agreed on the DJ front. My only question is if Haley isn’t going to make any use of him at all why didn’t they just get what they could before the trade deadline? Even a lte roung pick is better than just letting him leave…

  • November 19, 2009  - parker says:

    We can win if we use the gold standard. Decent yardage on first down (foreign recently), no penalties (we’ve been not-so-bad), O.5 sec more time provided by the O-line.
    A prayer and some cash may win us this one.

  • November 20, 2009  - Jody says:

    Play DJ already and stop the nonsense.

  • November 20, 2009  - Canadian Chief says:

    I’m no expert at the differences between OLB in the 3-4 versus the 4-3 (DJ mainly played OLB last year in the 4-3), but since DJ has been solely playing ILB in the 3-4 this year, it could be that the coaching staff feels he doesn’t have the knowledge to play the position. Studebaker’s been playing at OLB since the start of training camp, so he’s got to have a pretty good idea of how to play the position…

  • November 20, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Well if I was DJ, I would twitter some crap agains the coach call some people gay and be on my way to a new fresh start with the chiefs money in my pocket and a new team that wants me to play.

    Sorry the only thing I saw him do when he did get a chance to play was an interception against Baltimore, I dont know how much more playing time he has this year.

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