CHIEFS NOTEBOOK

Chiefs claim guard Ricky Henry, cut Brad Madison

Updated: 2013-08-20T22:12:45Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs claimed offensive guard Ricky Henry off waivers from the New Orleans Saints and waived long snapper and former Missouri star Brad Madison.

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 Chicago’s 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 Saturday’s 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.

Injury report

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 DeVito’s spot with the first-team defense, while Husain Abdullah replaced Lewis.

Protection issues

The Chiefs surrendered seven sacks in last week’s 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 wouldn’t say we took a step back,” guard Jeff Allen said. “We made some mistakes we hadn’t made, but the biggest mistake is making the same mistake twice. We’ve 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 who’s the (middle linebacker) and knowing our assignments … basic things that are easy to fix.”

Jenkins looks to Jacksonville

It didn’t 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 he’s not attaching any more significance to that game as opposed to any others.

“I want to contribute as soon as possible,” said Jenkins, “whether it’s that game or next game, I want to contribute best I can.”

Reach Randy Covitz at rcovitz@kcstar.com or follow him on twitter @randycovitz

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