Kansas City Chiefs CB Maurice Leggett, who left the field on a stretcher after sustaining a neck injury during Saturday’s 20-15 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is expected to make a full recovery, according to coach Todd Haley.
“Every thing looks good. There is nothing spinal-related, anything like that,” says Haley.
Leggett was injured during the fourth quarter in Tampa Bay. He left the field strapped to a stretcher to immobilize his head and neck.
“He was in a pretty good collision,” says Haley. “The trainers and doctors did everything they were supposed to as far as taking all precautions. It’s a scary situation, but that part of it (spinal injury) is out of the mix, and I’ve been assured that sooner rather than later he’ll be out there practicing.”
After being released by the Kansas City Chiefs just prior to the start of the 2009 season, Pollard landed in Houston, bolstering a position that had been a weakness. He missed the first three games of the season, when Houston surrendered an average of 28.7 points and 436.3 yards in a 1-2 start. But in the 13 games Pollard started, the Texans allowed just an average of 19 points and 199.1 yards. They were also 8-5, winners of their last four.
With one of the league’s most potent offenses already in place, Houston is poised to advance to the postseason for the first time in franchise history – if the defense resembles the unit that took the field for the final three months or so of the season.
The unit with Pollard.
Fans will be able to get an early look at the New Arrowhead Stadium during a free evening practice on Wednesday night.
The stadium gates open at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and the practice is slated to start at 7:15 p.m. Fans can enter through the spiral gate, the Tower Gate and Founder’s Plaza Gate entrances. Parking is free for the practice.
The event will also feature appearances from the Chiefs cheerleaders, Warpaint and KC Wolf. The evening will culminate with a special choreographed fireworks show.
Fans will be able to explore many of the new features and areas of the newly renovated Arrowhead Stadium. Concessions, merchandise and other amenities will be available on the Field Level.
The Chiefs will play the Philadelphia Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday at Arrowhead Stadium. The game will be aired on KCTV5.
But don’t tell Gilberry that he’s chasing down a starting job. That would be in conflict with how Gilberry has always played, and in particular the way he’s kept himself hungry to improve.
“I’m at the bottom of the totem pole,” he said, even after being told that Haley said he had a chance to start. “I’m still working hard every day. If the opportunity presents itself, I’ll be ready. If not, I’m going to keep working hard and hopefully get in the rotation. I’m not so concerned about starting.
“It changes day-to-day. I could just come out, work hard and work on the little things, and those little things turn into big things.”