Practice Recap 11/14: New Blood Active for Chiefs Against Seahawks

Expect some new faces in the lineup for the Chiefs this Sunday

Cornerback Jamell Fleming and wide receivers A.J. Jenkins and Donnie Avery have been ruled out. Tight end Anthony Fasano and CB Chris Owens are questionable.

The Chiefs have a number of uncertain statuses headed into this Sunday's game against the Seahawks and that has opened up opportunity for the depth of the lineup.

Two players that learned of their chances earlier in the week were running back Charcandrick West, who was signed off the Chiefs' own practice squad, and TE Phillip Supernaw, who was signed by the Chiefs off the Ravens' practice squad. The Chiefs needed the two after RB Cyrus Gray and TE Demetrius Harris suffered season-ending injuries in Buffalo.

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TE Phillip Supernaw

West said this week that he has been preparing for this all season.

"I'm just excited," he said. "Ready to go out and make plays. My name has been called upon just to go do what I can do."

Supernaw feels the same, but in coming from Baltimore, his week has been a little more complicated.

"It's been a crazy week but I'm excited to be here," he explained. "I've heard a lot of good things about this organization and I've been really liking the way it's been going around here."

Because of Harris' injury and Fasano missing practice all week, Supernaw becomes a very important piece for the Chiefs, especially for their three-tight end set. With that in mind, quickly learning the playbook this week was important.

"There's a lot of carryover luckily from Baltimore," he said earlier this week. "It's one of those get in or get out-type things. I have no choice but to learn it fast.

"I just have to stay in my playbook and keep listening to the coaches as they tell me the specifics of what's going on around here so I can pick it up as fast as possible."

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid seemed confident in what he has seen so far on Friday.

"He looked like he picked things up pretty well," Reid said. "He had a bit of a foundation with the terminology so I don't think it was tough as if he just had to learn anything right from scratch so he's done a nice job.

Kansas City Chiefs practice in the indoor practice facility on November 12, 2014 in preparation for their upcoming sunday game vs the Seahawks

"He's spent a lot of hours here getting everything down, but it looks like he's pretty comfortable."

Another player that could see time with the Avery and Jenkins injuries is WR Albert Wilson, who was one half of the punt-fumble play that changed the game against the Bills in the Chiefs' favor last week. Wilson stood Bills returner Leodis McKelvin up before fullback Anthony Sherman knocked the ball away from his grasp.

While Reid said Frankie Hammond Jr. will play "quite a bit," he acknowledged that Wilson will also be involved.

You never want to see injuries to starters in the NFL, but as a team, the Chiefs' depth has stepped up all year, and three more reserves get a chance to continue that trend on Sunday.

Practice Bits

  • CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring) and WR A.J. Jenkins (shoulder) did not practice and have been ruled out of the game; WR Donnie Avery (groin) was limited but has also been ruled out.
  • TE Anthony Fasano (knee) and CB Chris Owens (knee) did not practice and have been ruled questionable.
  • CB Phillip Gaines (ankle/quad) was limited and is listed as questionable.
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