Arrowhead Report: Thanksgiving Day

Posted Nov 25, 2010

Tony Moeaki and Jon McGraw get upgrades, plus Thanksgiving favorites of the Chiefs

Afternoon meetings were called off due to Thanksgiving, but the Chiefs put in a normal morning of work on Thursday, capped off with a two-hour practice ending just past the noon hour.

“We had a good practice today,” Coach Todd Haley said. “It was quite brisk out there and it kept everyone on their toes. We were able to get through our third-down sub stuff with a little first and second-down review in addition and let the guys get out of here now, coaches included. We will be back to work tomorrow morning to clean up the rest of the red, review and be ready to go.”

Outside of the six teams to play on Thanksgiving Day, most NFL squads hold some type of practice session on holidays that fall during the football season. Thanksgiving was no exception for the Chiefs.

“We’ve been in this game for a long time and I think that our families understand that when you play football there are no such things as holidays,” LB Mike Vrabel said after practice. “There is no Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years Eve. We make due and now we’re going to spend the rest of the afternoon as a family.”

Haley made sure to hit on the importance of the holiday with his team, even if it was a shrunken day with the family.

“I know that I am very grateful for everything that I have and the family that I have and to live in this great country as well as be a part of this great league, the NFL,” Haley said.

Chiefs and players will resume their regular routine on Friday morning.

Injury Report

After seeing rookie WR Dexter McCluster practice in full capacity for the first time in a month on Wednesday, the Chiefs saw two more injury upgrades on Thursday morning.

TE Tony Moeaki was upgraded and practiced in full after being limited on Wednesday. Moeaki was held out of action last week due to a head injury suffered against the Broncos. Another upgrade included S Jon McGraw. McGraw was limited on Thursday after missing the past two games due to head and knee injuries. He had not practiced on Wednesday and missed practice time at the conclusion of last week as well.

The rest of Kansas City’s injury report remained the same. CB Brandon Flowers continues to miss practices after leaving Sunday’s game early with a hamstring injury, while Branden Albert (groin) and Ryan Lilja (foot) remained limited.

McCluster practiced in full for the second consecutive day.

In Seattle, WR Mike Williams missed his second straight practice with a foot injury.

Thanksgiving with the Chiefs

Most of the Chiefs hurried out of the locker room fairly quickly following practice. For the players that have families in town, Thanksgiving dinner was already being prepared at home. For those whose families live away from Kansas City, Branden Albert planned to host a Thanksgiving gathering at his house.

Naturally, there was a lot of food talk going on as the Chiefs readied for their evening plans. Here are some of the players’ favorites for Turkey Day…

Dustin Colquitt: Broccoli Casserole

“It’s got crushed Cheeze-Its on the top and its cheesy. My mom is in town right now making it. It’s unbelievable.”

Terrance Copper: Stuffing

“Oh yeah, my mom made it when I was growing up and she’s at the house right now getting everything ready.”

Mike Vrabel: Canned Cranberries

“The best part of the meal is the canned cranberry sauce. Nothing fancy, just right out of the can. You know, The Log. I want to see the lines around it.”

Leonard Pope: Potato Soufflé

“It’s like sweet potatoes, gravy, marshmallows and coconut all mixed up.”

Tony Moeaki: Traditional Combo

“As long as there was turkey and stuffing, I was good. Oh, and some homemade rolls too.”

Thomas Gafford: Stuffing and Green Bean Casserole

“Oh man, my mom’s green bean casserole. It’s where the money’s at…and my grandmother makes some awesome rolls. She makes them by hand.”

Ryan Succop: Sweet Potato Pie

“You can’t go wrong with just turkey and gravy, but I really like the sweet potato pie with the marshmallows and nuts on top.”

Have a great and safe Thanksgiving Chiefs fans! We’ll be back on Friday with more football coverage as the team prepares for Seattle.

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