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07-26-2008, 09:31 PM

Chiefs’ day in camp: Team gets to finish practices outside

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Tamba Hali had a bandage on his head because of a gashed forehead, which Tank Tyler (right) was quick to point out.
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<!-- END /pubsys/production/story/story_assets.comp --> <table> </table> Tough day at practiceA day after weather forced the Chiefs inside, players finished both their Saturday practices outside and in helmets and shoulder pads.
Not that everything was as coach Herm Edwards liked.
“We fatigued toward the end,” he said after the morning practice. “But that’s not unusual for your first day of practice. We’ve got to pick it up this afternoon.”
Edwards said players, having gotten out of the habit of wearing pads, weren’t staying low enough on blocking drills. It affected their timing and footwork, and Edwards said he expected the intensity to improve over the next few days.
“We’ve got to be a little bit more violent,” he said. “For the most part, there weren’t a lot of mental errors, so that was good.”
Hali reopens old wound
Defensive end Tamba Hali again received a gash to his forehead during Saturday’s morning practice. The gash was in the same place — about the middle of his eyebrows — where he suffered a similar cut last year.
The cut had healed and scarred over before Hali’s helmet appeared to tear open the wound Saturday. He left practice for a few minutes but returned after trainers wrapped his forehead and nose in gauze.
He was wearing a bandage Saturday afternoon and joked to reporters that the wound might heal — until he cuts himself again.
Questions follow kickers
The Chiefs’ kicker competition is even after one full day. Connor Barth and Nick Novak both missed their first field-goal attempts, which were 38 yards, but made their next three. They kicked field goals as long as 42 yards.
Politicians praise Tony G
So, who are you voting for, Tony?
Tight end Tony Gonzalez met Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during a campaign stop in California, and Obama congratulated Gonzalez for recently using the Heimlich maneuver to help save a man who was choking on a piece of steak at a restaurant in Huntington Beach, Calif.
About the same time, Gonzalez opened his mail and read a letter from President and Mrs. Bush.
“The President said, ‘Thank you for helping out your fellow human being,’ ” Gonzalez said Saturday.
“He said he and Laura wished me good luck in the upcoming season.”
<hr class="infobox-hr-separator"> WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT …THE OFFENSE
Tight end Tony Gonzalez made the catch of the day Saturday morning when he dived to his left and grabbed a pass across the middle from Brodie Croyle. Gonzalez’s catch elicited cheers from the small crowd that had gathered at Ramer Field. … Edwards said rookie left tackle Branden Albert has plenty to work on, including his footwork and hand positions. … Rookie running back Jamaal Charles fumbled during a run in the afternoon practice when linebacker Donnie Edwards stripped and recovered the ball.
Rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey wasn’t a standout at his first practice. At times, he wasn’t even standing. Brian Waters tossed Dorsey to the ground in a one-on-one pass rush drill. Waters later shoved Dorsey aside to create a hole for Larry Johnson in a running drill. … To clear roster room for Dorsey, the Chiefs released rookie safety Ron Girault. … Donnie Edwards had an active day. He prevented Gonzalez from making a catch by grabbing Gonzalez’s arms when he was trying to get a grip on the ball. Gonzalez later broke up a pass Edwards was in position to intercept. Edwards then poked the ball loose from Charles.
In addition to Hali’s lacerated head, receiver Kevin Robinson remained out of practice Saturday as he continues to wait for his injured knee to heal.
Dorsey signed a six-year contract and practiced Saturday afternoon. He missed the first three practices while his deal was being finalized. … Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said the team would not sign seventh-round pick Michael Merritt until the tight end was healthy after offseason knee surgery.

Tribal Warfare
07-26-2008, 09:31 PM

07-26-2008, 11:03 PM
he looks like a
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