The Chiefs claimed offensive guard Ricky Henry off waivers from the New Orleans Saints and waived long snapper and former Missouri star Brad Madison.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
Henry has appeared in two games in seasons with the Chicago Bears (2011) and the Saints (2012). He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Nebraska and spent most of the 2011 season on Chicagos practice squad. He spent most of 2012 on the Saints practice squad.
Madison, a defensive lineman at Missouri, signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent and worked mostly as a deep snapper.
Full pads practice
The Chiefs went through a full-pads practice on Tuesday, simulating what they would normally do on Wednesdays in the regular season.
Running back Jamaal Charles showed no ill effects of his strained right foot, running strong between the tackles and catching swing passes and screens from quarterback Alex Smith.
Offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who has been bothered by thumb and shoulder ailments, returned to practice after missing a day. He alternated with Geoff Schwartz at right tackle early in practice but stayed in the lineup for the second half of the day.
Unlike the first two preseason games, the Chiefs are treating Saturdays game at Pittsburgh as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. They were preparing for the Steelers offense and defense and will do some game-planning for the contest.
Defensive end Mike DeVito (illness), safety Kendrick Lewis (flu), offensive tackle Donald Stephenson (shoulder), cornerback Dunta Robinson (shoulder), tight end Travis Kelce (knee) and defensive back Sanders Commings (collarbone) did not practice.
Anthony Toribio took DeVitos spot with the first-team defense, while Husain Abdullah replaced Lewis.
The Chiefs surrendered seven sacks in last weeks preseason game against San Francisco, including three sacks of starter Alex Smith and three of backup Chase Daniel. Shoring up the protection will be a priority this week.
I wouldnt say we took a step back, guard Jeff Allen said. We made some mistakes we hadnt made, but the biggest mistake is making the same mistake twice. Weve been working on our communication to make sure we do the basic things and not make the same mistakes.
They were just different breakdowns and knowing whos the (middle linebacker) and knowing our assignments basic things that are easy to fix.
Jenkins looks to Jacksonville
It didnt take long for newly acquired wide receiver A.J. Jenkins to discover the Chiefs open the regular season in his hometown of Jacksonville, where he was a standout at Terry Parker High School.
My mom did tell me that (Monday), Jenkins said. I gotta get some tickets.
Jenkins said hes not attaching any more significance to that game as opposed to any others.
I want to contribute as soon as possible, said Jenkins, whether its that game or next game, I want to contribute best I can.
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