Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 8/22

SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Head coach Todd Haley motions during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

With his injured right thumb heavily wrapped, rookie Jonathan Baldwin worked with other injured players off to the side at Chiefs practice Sunday.

Baldwin at one point played catch with fellow wide receiver Steve Breaston. Baldwin both caught the ball and tossed it left-handed.

Baldwin Back On Sideline After Fight With Teammate from KC Star

The powers that be with the Chiefs that created the organization’s handling of this affair were Clark Hunt and his minions, along with GM Scott Pioli. They actually promised the media Friday evening in Baltimore – including their own television and radio networks – that the incident would be addressed after the game by the club.

But then the only guy that stood up in front of the cameras was head coach Todd Haley, and his initial reaction was to act like he didn’t understand the questions being asked of him. It was a silly reaction and all that did was hurt Haley’s credibility.

Nonsense Begets Nonsense... Monday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Offensive tackle Jared Gaither, who last week declared that he was "100 percent" healthy and planned to be a starter for the Chiefs, practiced for the first time Sunday -- but he left the session about midway through the session.

Gaither Leaves Practice, Heads to the Conditioning Zone from The Red Zone

Of the team’s seven punt returns and three kickoff returns, Quinten Lawrence has fielded four, not including three fair catches. The Chiefs are trying to give the converted wide receiver — who was moved to defensive back early in training camp — another way to show he’s worth a roster spot. But Lawrence admitted Sunday that his mistakes so far, including a muffed punt last week at Baltimore and returning a kickoff against Tampa Bay despite being deep in his end zone, are more memorable than his 5.7-yard average as a punt returner.

Chiefs Seeking Big Returns On Investment from KC Star

If you like defenses that can stop the run and like seeing passes end up on the ground instead of in receivers’ hands, you would have enjoyed watching this game. Both were playoff teams last year, but neither offense could find a rhythm. The teams stayed away from their ground game strengths and tried instead to get their passing games going, but too many balls were a little off target.

Changes to each defense in the offseason will require replacements to step up. Games like this – that wound up being very much in favor of the D – are encouraging in that they offer a hint of the pieces fitting together.

First Impressions - Chiefs @ Ravens from Pro Football Focus

In Sunday’s press conference, Todd Haley re-iterated his stance on Ravens Coach John Harbaugh’s late-game play calls.

"As I conveyed immediately after the game, I had no issue with Coach Harbaugh," Haley said. "I conveyed to everybody that was there that he has to worry about the Baltimore Ravens and I have to worry about the Kansas City Chiefs. And that’s sincerely the way I feel."

Camp Report: 8/21/11 from The Mothership

Special teams work between the outside guys on punt and punt return teams was fun to watch. It was a double-team for the returning team against a single flyer for the punt team. The idea is for the coverage guy to disengage himself from the blockers, while the blockers basically try to mug the coverage guy. WR Verran Tucker was very good working as a coverage guy. So was rookie CB Jalil Brown. One guy who stood out on both sides was undrafted rookie CB Demond Washington.

Pre-Season Practice Report - 8/21 from Bob Gretz

Against Baltimore, McCluster saw plenty of action as a third-down back when working with the first-team offense. He appeared in seven of nine third-down snaps throughout the first half, but to pigeon-hole McCluster as a third-down back would be inaccurate.

McCluster recorded seven touches against the Ravens, finishing the night as Kansas City’s second-leading rusher (4 carries for 24 yards) and receiver (3 catches for 47 yards). Though he was a big part of the Chiefs third-down packages, six of his seven touches occurred on first or second down.

McCluster Finds A Home In Backfield from The Mothership

Thousands of Internet browsers visit RichsFootballReport.com each day to get Laurie resident Rich Stewart's take on what's happening in the NFL and in college football.

In a 3-part series, we'll share the former Las Vegas handicapping contest winner's take on the upcoming seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and Missouri Tigers.

Lake's Football Expert Discusses the 2011 Kansas City Chiefs from Lake News Online

While Jones took part in the Chiefs’ entire practice Sunday, their first full workout since breaking camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Baldwin wore only his jersey and shorts while working out with a trainer.

He wandered the sideline during the opening drills, and then retreated to the stationary bike in the corner of the practice field, which he alternated with dragging a weighted sled up from end zone to end zone.

After Reported Locker Room Altercation, Chiefs Close Ranks As They Try To Build Team Chemistry from The Washington Post

Former Patriots executive Scott Pioli, now the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, was in the clubhouse before the game and spent time talking to Francona and Tim Wakefield.

Varitek Gets Up To Speed from The Boston Globe

The Stillwater Old Navy, located at 605 N Main St., features both OSU and University of Oklahoma gear, as well as gear for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. All apparel can also be found at the company's website, www.oldnavy.com.

Old Navy to Sell OSU, NFL Apparell from The Daily O'Collegian

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