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Jan 22, 2006
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Chiefs Camp Buzz: Turley taking five
The Kansas City Star
Kyle Turley will take that day off after all.

A couple of days after coach Herm Edwards offered, Turley rested Thursday as the Chiefs finished up their first week of training camp. Larry Johnson also took a rare afternoon practice off, part of the Chiefs’ plan to monitor their Pro Bowl running back’s touches.

Turley, a veteran left tackle, is the leading candidate to replace 11-time Pro Bowler Willie Roaf.

“We gave him the rest, and he needed it,” Edwards said. “There are some guys who are going to get it. I always watch guys. The Chiefs don’t play the Chiefs; they’re not on the schedule. You have to make sure players are rested and getting their work in, especially guys who have been to a lot of training camps. You don’t need to try and beat them up.”

No Tony

Among those who won’t be at tonight’s Chiefs-Vikings practice is tight end Tony Gonzalez. He has plans to be at quarterback Warren Moon’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony this weekend in Canton, Ohio.

Gonzalez used to pick Moon’s brain as a young tight end, and they have remained close friends.

Not so fast

It has been a mind-bending offseason for Michael Bennett, and maybe that’s why he stood and watched in his first official day in a Chiefs uniform.

Bennett went to New Orleans in March, learned a new offense, then was traded to Kansas City earlier this week. Though he’s happy to be a Chief, Bennett was also eager to get to River Falls because he’s from Wisconsin. Asked Thursday whether he can still run a 4.4-second 40-yard dash — Bennett was a track star at Wisconsin — he said, “Man, you’re disrespecting my speed. 4.25. Yes, sir, I’m still running that.”

Lost in all the Priest Holmes news Wednesday was the fact that Bennett gives the Chiefs another receiving threat. He has 126 career receptions for 1,040 yards.

Bennett is a former Pro Bowler but said he isn’t going to get wrapped up in the fact that he’s destined to be a longtime backup for Johnson.

“My thing is I’m going to come in here and I’m going to be the best I can,” he said. “That’s going to be my role that I’ll have to take. I’ve been in this league for going on six years. I’ve had a lot of success. So my thing is just basically coming in here and learning this offense.

“So it’s kind of like being a rookie again.”


While Eddie Kennison joined the resting veterans late Thursday, Samie Parker turned in a strong afternoon. He caught a perfectly zipped pass from Trent Green in traffic and then raced down the sidelines for a 50-yard touchdown reception on the next play.

Brodie Croyle watched again Thursday as he nursed what he called a banged-up shoulder. It meant more reps for former CFL quarterback Casey Printers.

Kawika Mitchell made a dazzling outstretched catch in the end zone on a pass from Green, but Edwards wasn’t too complimentary. When Mitchell dashed out of the end zone for a return, Edwards told him he needed to down it.


Edwards said defensive tackle Lional Dalton has a hamstring injury, not a knee injury, and won’t play tonight in Minnesota. Dalton could be out for a week.

Croyle (shoulder), halfback Priest Holmes (neck), wide receiver Scott McCready (shoulder), tight end Aaron Golliday (hamstring), guard Brian Waters (foot), defensive linemen Junior Siavii (knee), John Browning (back) and Steve Williams (knee) and defensive backs Lenny Walls (hamstring), William Bartee (Achilles’), Marcus Maxey (knee) and Alphonso Hodge (knee) did not practice.


An afternoon bus ride to Mankato, Minn., then a night practice with the Vikings.


“That happens about every 10 years. You look at all the playoff teams, their defenses are pretty good and help them win on the road. It’s always a little easier to win at home because of the crowd. You get momentum and guys are excited. But it’s very, very tough to win road games. We all know that.”

— Edwards on how hard it is to have a great team without a great defense.

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