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New Chief, Injured Chiefs and Released Chief?

Clever title, huh?  Our main man Josh Looney is on top of the report Todd Leabo of 810 WHB brought to us a few minutes ago.

New Chief and Released Chief?

When practice began, RB Jackie Battle made his way to the indoor facility with a staff member.  We're still in the speculative stages here but it appears Battle is the odd man out with the Chiefs newest signing, who is believed to be LB Justin Rogers, previously of the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots ('07 draft pick).

Rogers went to SMU and was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the '07 draft.  He did not make the squad, however, and was picked up by the Cowboys on September 2nd.  He spent two seasons with the Cowboys, primarily on special teams, before being released at the end of August of this year (after spending a month on IR).

Injured Chiefs

Branden Albert did not participate in practice today, instead riding a stationary bike.  I already told you that I believe he will play (though I claim no inside information).  Wade Smith, as he did against the Cowboys, took reps at left tackle in Albert's absence.

Mike Goff was at practice and practicing with pads on.

Joining Albert in the Rehab Zone were C/G Andy Alleman, who replaced an injured Goff last Sunday, and S Jarrad Page.  No word on their injuries.  And, of course, Kolby Smith was in the rehab zone.