From the Truman Sports Complex
The rehab area was uninhabited on Wednesday morning as the Chiefs began their practice week in preparation for the Buffalo Bills.
Only DE Wallace Gilberry was on the practice report as less than a full participant, as he was limited because of a sore back. Despite plenty of bumps and bruises, all 60 available players were practicing.
That included RB Jamaal Charles, who was pretty banged up after the game, but was out and working in the early part of practice with the other RBs and the offense.
“He’s showing signs of being a good player and one of those (signs) is the ability to play through bumps and bruises,” said head coach Todd Haley. “Good back in the league have to do that. If he wants to be a good back, he’s got to do that and I think that’s what he has shown.”
The Chiefs practiced inside, despite Haley’s plans and hope to be outside. The Chiefs grounds crew cleared snow off the tarp that was covering the practice field, but a decision was made that it was too windy. Haley said it had nothing to do with a windchill factor of zero.
“i just didn’t think we could be productive out there throwing the ball with the way the wind was blowing,” said Haley. “”I was disappointed. I don’t know whether they (players) were. Working in those conditions will make us a better team.”"
Also on the practice report with Gilberry were LB Justin Rogers (thigh), RB Dantrell Savageg (ankle) and G Andy Alleman (knee). They were listed as full participants.
The Chiefs continue to have an open spot on their 53-man roster after releasing NT Kenny Smith on Tuesday. Right now, there’s no obvious backup for starting nose Ron Edwards and only five defensive linemen are now part of the active roster.
“We have a plan in place,” said Haley. “We’ll have enough players on the defensive line.”
That plan figures to include one of the three defensive linemen on the practice squad: DEs Dion Gales or Bobby Greenwood and DT Derek Lokey.
Taking part in Wednesday’s practice was RB Kestahn Moore, who was added to the practice squad. A rookie out of the University of Florida, Moore is 5-10, 212 pounds and was signed because of the injury problems at the running back position. The Chiefs had an open spot on their practice squad after promoting RB Javarris Williams before last Sunday’s game against Denver.
The Bills listed three players as missing practice: OT Demetrius Bell (knee), OT Kirk Chambers (ankle) and WR Justin Jenkins (knee). Listed as limited participants in the Buffalo session were: S Jairus Byrd (groin), DE Ryan Denney (shoulder), LB Chris Draft (neck), S Todd Johnson (hamstring), G Andy Levitre (shoulder) and CB Ashton Youboty (ankle).