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Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel, Others Return to Practice in Healthy Fashion

The Kansas City Chiefs returned to practice today in preparation for Sunday's matchup against the Denver Broncos.  The good news?  The Chiefs appear to be getting healthier.

The only player in the rehab area of OL Colin Brown, who is on injured reserve.  

New Chiefs NT Derek Lokey and OL Jermail Porter were on the field, wearing No. 69 and No. 77.

After missing last weekend's game due to injury, the following players returned to practice (info courtesy Josh Looney of and Bob Gretz of

LB Mike Vrabel

Vrabel suffered a knee injury against the Oakland Raiders that kept him out of the next two contests.  LB Andy Studebaker has done a solid job backing him up.

It should be mentioned that Vrabel attended the early portions of practice last week but was later downgraded and did not play.

Vrabel wore a brace on his left knee during practice today and was practicing with the first team.

RG Andy Alleman

Alleman has had an ankle problem that's kept him out of the last couple of games.  OL Wade Smith has been filling in for him.  

Alleman's participation is encouraging and his return could be important in case another lineman goes down and the swingman, Smith, needs to be called upon.

Alleman was not working with the first team today, however.

RB Dantrell Savage

In the wake of Savage's injury a couple weeks ago, the Chiefs signed RB/FB Tim Castille.  Savage had a key fumble and a dropped pass the last time he stepped on the field, which appeared to draw the ire of Haley.

When/if Savage returns, he'll see a crowded backfield with new starter Jamaal Charles likely looking at the majority of the snaps.  Kolby Smith is also ahead of Savage on the depth chart.

Justin Rogers

He was out last game with injury but returned to work today.

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