In what continues to be a very busy week, including the Thanksgiving holiday, the 9-2 Kansas City Chiefs were back at work Wednesday, preparing for the 9-2 Denver Broncos.
Following the team walkthrough, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid addressed the media, providing an injury update, including the playing status of Pro Bowl LB
Speaking to reporters in the Chiefs locker room Wednesday, Hali kept it simple.
"If I can’t play, I’m not going to force it," Hali admitted. "I’m feeling really optimistic about being out there."
Also on Wednesday, Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson fielded questions from the media, stating what kind of confidence builder the Week 12 performance by Chiefs QB
As for the team's QB, Alex Smith stressed that any potential success against the Broncos will ultimately start with execution.
While perfect execution is always the goal, Smith said the team's ability to respond when things don't always go its way is also crucial for success on Sunday.
“Protecting the football, certainly, it is a priority for us," Smith said. "But, you’re going out there to execute and sometimes they (mistakes) happen; you have to be able to overcome it. You’re never going to play a perfect game. It’s not going to happen. So much of this is about overcoming adversity. We had opportunities even with the turnover a couple of weeks ago to overcome and just didn’t. You’re going out there to execute and score points.”
“Obviously, those are two really good football players," Sutton said. "We’d love to have them. If we get them, that would be awesome; they’re the guys that have been playing. If they’re not there, the next guy has to go. Like anything, the team that’s on the field is the team. We’re not going to change dramatically what we do – we can’t, we have a lot of other players out there that are drilled down in certain things. We’re going to continue to do the things; those guys just enhance your opportunity, because of their individual talent.”
As for Justin Houston's injury, coach Reid provided the latest update on Wednesday.
“We don’t know exactly what it is," coach Reid said. "We had to let the swelling go down. I’m saying we, I’m talking about our medical staff and trainers. He is literally in there now and he’s in the MRI tube. They’re going to make sure they cut that every which way they can cut it to make sure that they know exactly what it is.”
Further updates are expected in the coming days.The Chiefs concluded Wednesday with meetings and will return to practice on Thursday, just days away from Sunday's contest at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 3:25 PM CT.