Kansas City’s coach was hobbling around on crutches after having fluid drained from his left knee. Crennel said it’s been bothering him ”off and on” all season, and it barked enough Wednesday night that he visited a doctor, who drained a significant amount of fluid.
Crennel said he plans to coach from the sideline as usual on Sunday at Denver. If the knee is still bothering him, he’ll move up to the press box.
Running back Jamaal Charles and linebacker Tamba Hali were back in the building after missing practice Wednesday due to illness. Others who have missed practice this week include center Ryan Lilja, defensive end Tyson Jackson, left tackles Donald Stephenson and Branden Albert, tight end Tony Moeaki and wide receiver Terrance Copper.
“We’re grieving for all involved,” Crennel said. “It’s tough when circumstances happen. You can’t undo them so you have to rely on each other, rely on your family, your friends and rely on your faith. And that’s what the team tried to do today.
“As far as playing the game, I thought that was the best thing for us to do because that’s what we do. We are football players and football coaches, and we play and coach on Sunday. That’s why I wanted to play the game. After talking with the captains, they also felt like it was best that we play. If for no other reason, it takes our mind off our misery for a few hours. That’s what it did.”