Chiefs head coach Todd Haley held final preparations for the Jacksonville Jaguars inside Arrowhead Stadium late Friday morning. All players were present at practice, though S
Let’s take a look at some news and notes from Friday at Arrowhead…
Limited Snaps for Jackson; If Active
Following Friday practice, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel indicated that DE
“If he’s up for the game, then I think we’ll try to limit his reps and spot-play him a little bit,” Crennel said.”
Jackson hasn’t played since suffering a left knee injury in the season opener vs. San Diego, but the length of his recovery time has been somewhat surprising. Most believed that Jackson was going make his on-field return last Sunday, following a full-week of practice participation, but that didn’t end up being the case. He was officially listed as questionable heading into that game.
As it turns out, Jackson was healthy enough to play on gameday in Houston, but the Chiefs coaching staff decided it was in the team’s best interest to keep him inactive.
“It was the right 45 for Sunday,” Haley said of Kansas City’s 45-man roster in Houston. “At that time, with the variables as they were, I think that both (Jackson and WR
Chambers missed a portion of the Colts game after suffering a finger injury while throwing a downfield block, but would later return to action. He only appeared on the team’s injury report following Friday’s practice last week before being ruled inactive for Houston.
Yesterday, both Chambers and Jackson were removed from Kansas City’s injury report altogether.
Chambers’ production has been down this season with just seven catches for 76 yards and no TDs. Regardless, Haley re-iterated that Chambers is a key member for the Chiefs moving forward.
“I wouldn’t look at Chris and say that production-wise or those things that there’s something different,” Haley said. “I see something that’s better. He’s improving and he’s going to continue to be a big part of us going forward in trying to become a good team.”
Garrard Out; Edwards Questionable for Jags
The Jaguars officially ruled starting quarterback David Garrard (concussion) out for Sunday’s game. He’ll remain in Jacksonville while the rest of the team makes the trip to Kansas City on Saturday.
Garrard’s backup, former Bills starter Trent Edwards, is listed as questionable for Sunday due to a thumb injury. That means that there is a 50/50 chance that Kansas City sees Todd Bouman attempt his first NFL pass since 2005 this Sunday.
“We’ll have to see what happens on gameday and I’m sure that they’ll hold it until the last minute,” Crennel said.
While Jacksonville’s quarterback situation remains cloudy, the Chiefs are focusing on finding a way to corral RB Maurice Jones-Drew and the rest of the Jags sixth-ranked rushing attack (135.0 rushing yards per game).
“Anybody that plays on Sunday at (quarterback) has played in the league and played a significant amount of snaps,” Haley said. “So, I don’t’ think that you can place too much on that of saying that we are going to have a distinct advantage. This is a big physical offense that runs the ball very well and that’s what they are going to do.”
Special Connection for Bates/MJD
When flipping through this week’s game release, there are plenty of Chiefs-Jaguars connections listed. Here are a few examples:
- Jacksonville head coach JACK DEL RIO played two seasons as a linebacker with Kansas City from 1987-88.
- Jacksonville T JORDAN BLACK (2003-06) and CB TYRON BRACKENRIDGE (2007-08) both played in Kansas City.
- Chiefs HOF inductee DERON CHERRY is a member of the Jaguars ownership group. Cherry earned six Pro Bowl berths as a safety with Kansas City.
You get the picture...
But there was one connection left out of the packet, and it’s one that likely would have gone undiscovered had Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew not spoken-up at the end of his conference call with the Kansas City media earlier this week.
Bates and Jones-Drew both played at high school powerhouse De La Salle in Concord, California. It was there that the two became close friends and even lived together for a portion of the school year.
“He’s like a big-brother to me,” Bates said. “Our families are really cool and I was really cool with his grandfather that passed, Mr. Jones. He’s a really good friend of mine. I was living at his house a lot during the school year because De La Salle was a lot closer to his house than mine. It was about an hour commute for me, so I would stay there a lot. He really did look out for me.”
Bates is a long-shot story, having joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State in 2009. He was released following training camp and spent his entire rookie season on Kansas City’s practice squad before signing a reserve/future contract with the team a day after the 2009 season ended.
This year, Bates fought through a crowded training camp battle for roster spots in the defensive backfield and made Kansas City’s 53-man roster out of camp. He spent the first four games of the season as a healthy inactive before playing in his first career NFL game on special teams last Sunday in Houston.
“He’s a really good friend and it’s going to be nice to see him,” Bates said of Jones-Drew. “Hopefully I can get out there and make a tackle on him or something.”
Chiefs Injury Report
Kansas City has ruled S Reshard Langford (ankle) out for Sunday. S
Here is how the Jaguars full injury report stacks up:
Out: QB David Gararrd (concussion)
Questionable: RB Brock Bolen (groin), QB Trent Edwards (thumb)
Probable: DT Tyson Alualu (knee), CB Derek Cox (hamstring), WR Mike Sims-Walker (shoulder)