Training Camp: News & Notes 9/1

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The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field today to prepare for Thursday night’s game in St. Louis.  Filing reports today from Kansas City are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com and Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com.

Matt Cassel, Amani Toomer, Devard Darling, Cameron Goldberg, Jarrad Page, Bernard Pollard, Zach Thomas, Jake O’Connell, Kolby Smith and Brandon Flowers were all held out of practice.  Two players not participating and not seen outside in the rehab zone: Goldberg and Toomer.

Quality control coach Nick Sirianni and Assistant GM Joel Collier worked with the quarterbacks while Todd Haley was observing special teams work.

During the special teams portion of practice, Jamaal Charles worked as the primary returner on kickoffs with Maurice Leggett taking the punt returns.

Both Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen worked with the first team offense, though Croyle got the majority of the reps.  Haley said after practice that Croyle will start Thursday night in St. Louis.  How long Croyle plays will depend on the performance of the offense.

With Brandon Flowers out with a shoulder injury, rookie CB Donald Washington received all of the practice snaps with the first team defense.

In the last segment of practice, Haley was unhappy with the effort of his second-team offense and defense as they worked the two-minute drill.  Just one play away from the end of practice an agitated Haley made them start the segment again.

Should be a great test for Washington, a guy we haven’t seen much of in the preseason.  I love the move by Haley and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.  Throw the kid in and see what he’s got against the Rams first team.

Charles and Leggett both had shaky games last week working as the main return men.  Each had issues holding onto the ball, but clearly are getting another chance to stake their claims to the job.

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