The Chiefs concluded training camp for the year with Thursday’s practice. Coach Romeo Crennel said he was satisfied with the progress the Chiefs made in their three weeks at Missouri Western State University.
“Overall the camp has been good,” Crennel said. “We’ve laid a good foundation, and now we have to continue to build on that foundation as we move forward and work our way toward the regular season.
“I’ve seen guys improve during the course of our time here. That kind of lets me know guys are paying attention and they’re working to get better, and if they get better, then the team is getting better.”
The Chiefs’ success with their starters in last Friday night’s preseason opener against Arizona seems to validate Crennel’s beliefs. The Chiefs led 14-0 early in the second quarter when the last of their starters departed for the night.
The major issues still unresolved for the Chiefs are the status of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, their unsigned franchise player, and cornerback Brandon Flowers. Bowe has yet to practice, while Flowers has missed more than two weeks because of a bruised heel.
The Chiefs resume their preseason with Saturday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis. They will resume practice Monday at their Truman Sports Complex facility.Flowers out for Rams game
Crennel said Flowers was among a group of injured players ruled out for Saturday’s game. The others include linebacker Cameron Sheffield and two of this year’s draft picks, defensive back DeQuan Menzie and running back Cyrus Gray.
He said both wide receiver Junior Hemingway and defensive back Travis Daniels could play in St. Louis.
The biggest issue is with Flowers. The Chiefs initially expected him back to practice a while back, but Crennel said the injury isn’t necessarily more severe than they originally believed.
“It’s just one of those things that they haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly why he’s not getting better as fast as we want him to get better,” Crennel said.
“He’s still working to try to get better. I saw him this morning, and he’s doing all that he can. We’re sending him to the doctors, and we’re trying different things to try and get it better. He’s getting better slowly, not fast enough, but all we can do is kind of hang on and see what happens.”