Romeo Crennel brought some good news to the media on Wednesday with word that every player on the roster will be able to participate in some form or another in practice. While some players will still be limited, Crennel said that Peyton Hillis, Glenn Dorsey, Steve Maneri and Devon Wylie will all be able to take part.
As for Hillis, he will be trying to come back after several weeks away and Crennel said he would be watched closely. When asked about Hillis' potential for playing on Sunday, the Chiefs head coach said "today will be a critical day for him."
"I think we'll find out today because we're in pads today and we'll go through our normal practice and so we'll see if he can make it through practice and how he's impacted and then we'll make a decision from that," Crennel added.
The aforementioned players will be ones to watch heading into the Raiders game on Sunday, but it's clear that the bye week has helped Chiefs players refocus mentally and refresh physically.
"I think that's the biggest thing that happens in the bye week," said Crennel. "One, you've got a chance to get healthy and it looks like we've got most of the guys healthy. And then two, they've had time off to refresh their minds, refresh their bodies and I think that's the biggest thing."
While the team's health has only been a part of the issue, the Chiefs have to feel much better about their chances to compete and win against the Raiders on Sunday.