Jacksonville reported that quarterback Blaine Gabbert was a limited participant in practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs, meanwhile, said safety Husain Abdullah, who plays on passing downs, was limited because of a foot injury, as was tight end Travis Kelce (knee). Both were listed as questionable.
Chiefs right guard Jon Asamoah, who has been out the past two weeks because of a calf injury, returned to practice on Friday and could be available to play on Sunday. Rookie inside linebacker Nico Johnson (ankle) is the only Chiefs player ruled out.
Backup defensive end Allen Bailey was excused all week because of a family issue. Bailey, who is from Sapelo Island, Ga., is expected to meet the team in Jacksonville, though his playing status is uncertain.
Jacksonville ruled tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf) as out; and running back Justin Forsett (toe) and guard Will Rackley (ankle) as questionable.
Reid appoints game captains
Chiefs coach Andy Reid appointed captains for the season opener at Jacksonville on Sunday.
Quarterback Alex Smith, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, safety Eric Berry, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and punter Dustin Colquitt will wear Cs on their jersey for at least this game.
Berry, Johnson and Colquitt served as permanent captains in 2012.
“I’ve always played like a captain, no matter wearing the ‘C’ or taking the coin toss,” Bowe said. “I try to catch the ball and make plays and help this team win. Guys who worked their tail off all camp deserved it … and I got it.”
Keep track of the YACs
The Chiefs’ high-percentage passing game is predicated on receivers gaining yards after the catch, so YACs will be an important statistic this year.
“That’s a big part of our offense,” said Bowe. “Coach (Dave) Culley stays on us about catching and digging and finishing. That’s where the big plays come in. Even though they are short passes, you can turn a short pass into an 80-yard completion.
“It’s all wanting to do it, and we have the tools on offense to do it.”
McDonald learns the business
Rookie safety Bradley McDougald learned something about the inner workings of the NFL when he seemingly made the Chiefs’ 53-man roster last Saturday, practiced on Sunday morning, was released on Sunday evening and re-signed on Tuesday after a churning of the roster.
“John Dorsey let me what was going on, that they were going to bring me right back,” said McDougald, who played at Kansas. “There were just some chess pieces that needed to be moved. That kind of helped.
“It opened my eyes and let me know it’s definitely a business, and don’t every get too comfortable and situated because you never know if it’s your last day. I only had one day out of work, but that one day was long enough.”
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