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Arrowhead Report: Friday, October 15th

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Chiefs rule one player out and list four as questionable for Sunday

On Friday afternoon the Chiefs wrapped up their on-field preparation for Houston in the backyard of the team’s practice facility.  Head Coach Todd Haley has typically used the location of Friday practices to mock what the team will see on Sunday as closely as possible, but chose the keep things on the everyday practice fields to end the week.

Last week, the Chiefs practiced indoors to prepare for a field turf, closed-roof atmosphere in Indianapolis. Prior to San Francisco, the team spent Friday inside Arrowhead Stadium and, before San Diego, Haley held night practices.

A natural grass surface awaits Kansas City inside Reliant Stadium, but the retractable roof is projected to be closed on Sunday according to the Texans’ official website.

“Friday practice, again we stayed outside,” Haley said. “This is a grass field even though it’s an indoor/outdoor stadium, beautiful stadium the way I remember it from the couple times I was down there and I was with Dallas. We continued our preparation; that will continue this afternoon.”

Part of that preparation will be finding an answer to the third-down woes that played into the loss in Indianapolis. Both Haley and QB Matt Cassel have touched on third downs this week in their respective press conferences and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis also made the down-and-distance scenario an emphasis after practice today.

“On third down I think you’ve got to put yourself in position where you’re not in third-and-long like last week where we were third-and-10, or more, four out of the 10 snaps we were in third down,” said Weis. “That’s not the way you want to play so first and second down production come into play.”

Overall, the Chiefs rank 29th in the NFL with a third-down efficiency mark of just 28%. Here’s what the breakdown looks like by down-and-distance.

Chiefs 3rd Down Conversion Summary

3rd and 1: 25% (1-of-4)

3rd and 2-3 yards: 36.4% (4-of-11)

3rd and 4-5 yards: 28.6% (4-of-14)

3rd and 6-9 yards: 33.3% (4-of-12)

3rd and 10+ yards: 11.1% (1-of-9)

As you can see, Weis is correct in his diagnosis that the Chiefs need to make third downs more manageable, though it is a bit troubling to see the team converting only 25% of its attempts with three feet or less to go for a first down. That conversion percentage is the lowest in the league for third-and-short situations.

Two Added to Injury Report

As expected, the Chiefs have ruled S Reshard Langford (ankle) out for this Sunday’s game. Langford did not make the trip to Indianapolis with the team last weekend and did not practice this week either. All the rest of the Chiefs listed on the injury report were deemed questionable, though two new names appeared on the injury list Friday.

The two players added to the report include WR Chris Chambers (finger) and S Kendrick Lewis (hamstring). Chambers injured his finger in Sunday’s game, but returned to action and had not been listed on the injury report prior to Friday. The cause of Lewis’ hamstring ailment is unknown.

The good news is that each player practiced in full today despite their injuries.

DE Tyson Jackson (knee) and T Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) both practiced in full today as well and were deemed questionable for Sunday.

Here’s what the Texans injury run-down looks like…

Out: DE Jesse Nading (knee)

Doubtful: LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring), LB Kevin Bentley (knee), G Mike Brisiel (knee), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring)

Questionable: WR Dorin Dickerson (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (calf), DE Mario Williams (shoulder)

Probable: WR Andre Johnson (ankle), S Dominique Barber (ribs), LB Brian Cushing (knee), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), RB Arian Foster (knee), S Bernard Pollard (neck), LB DeMeco Ryans (groin), LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle), RB Derrick Ward (ribs)

Milestone Game for Three Chiefs

Three Chiefs look poised to meet career milestones on Sunday in Houston.

  • G Brian Waters should start his 138th game as a Chief, giving him the 10th–most starts in franchise history. Waters tied LB Willie Lanier and LB Jim Lynch, who each own 137 starts, last week in Indianapolis. CB Kevin Ross currently ranks 9th all-time with 144 career starts as a Chief.
  • C Casey Wiegmann will play in his 200th career came on Sunday. For those of you watching the snap count, Wiegmann has taken 9,318 consecutive snaps at center dating back to 2001, which is the longest active streak by any offensive lineman. He’ll also start his 148th consecutive game at center this Sunday.
  • Though the Chiefs would like to refrain from punting this Sunday, Dustin Colquitt will pass Louie Aguiar for second-most punts in franchise history if he puts his foot on two footballs in Houston. Colquitt has a ways to go for first, however. His 420 punts are currently 598 behind Jerrel Wilson’s franchise-record 1,018 punts.

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