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Banged-up Chiefs force changes to practice

Associated Press Modified: September 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm •  Published: September 19, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It's only Week 3 and already the Kansas City Chiefs are so banged up they've had to alter their practice schedule.

The Chiefs were planning to practice in pads Wednesday, but coach Romeo Crennel said he would push that back a day to give a lengthy list of players an extra day to heal. Teams are only allowed to practice in pads once per week under terms of the collective-bargaining agreement.

Tight end Kevin Boss could be out for several more days after taking a blow to the head in Sunday's 35-17 loss to Buffalo, while fellow tight end Jake O'Connell (knee) and offensive lineman Ryan Lilja (back) were also held out of practice Wednesday.

Defensive linemen Anthony Toribio and Allen Bailey have ankle injuries, wide receiver Devon Wylie and cornerback Jalil Brown have groin problems, wide receiver Dexter McCluster and safety Kendrick Lewis have ailing shoulders, and wide receiver Steve Breaston jammed his wrist.

That's seven players who were limited in practice along with three who were out.

"So as a result of the injuries, I'm not going to be in pads today, I'm going to hold it off until tomorrow to go in pads to give these guys a chance to recover a little bit and get back," Crennel said. "But we're preparing and getting ready to go down to New Orleans to play a team who is similar to us really — both teams are struggling — so we'll see if we can improve some."

Perhaps the only bit of positive news had to do with running back Jamaal Charles, who banged up his reconstructed left knee against Buffalo. Charles said he wanted to keep playing in the game, but the coaching staff forced him to sit, and he wound up with six carries for three yards.

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