Cliff Notes: Family Fun Night

The big story that will come out of Family Fun Night is the injury to Glenn Dorsey, who left practice midway with a sprained left knee. Afterwards, Herm Edwards said he doesn't know the extent of Dorsey's knee injury, but right now they're calling it a sprain.

That makes Dorsey the second first-round draft pick to limp into the training room in three days. The Vikings scrimmage and Family Fun Night are supposed to be the highlights of the training camp experience for fans. However, both nights have resulted in an injured cornerstone player for the Chiefs.

Branden Albert will not play Thursday night in the preseason opener at Chicago because of a sprained foot. Dorsey may join him in watching the game from either the sideline or a cozy sports bar in River Falls. Tank Tyler will fill in with the first team for Dorsey.

Albert and Dorsey aren't alone in the training room. Seven other players did not participate in Saturday night's festivities: Donnie Edwards (tight hamstrings), Ron Edwards (groin), Jackie Battle (sore shoulder), Kolby Smith (groin), Tamba (nose abrasion), Trevor Johnson (mild concussion), and T.J. Jackson (groin).

Of the Chiefs who did actually take the field tonight, one stood out: running back Jamaal Charles. The third round pick showed exactly what it was the Chiefs saw in him when they drafted him – speed. Charles hits the hole quickly, and started to put some things together at family fun night.

He broke loose for numerous long runs, two of which he may have taken to the house in a real game. On one particular play, he turned a third-and-inches situation into a 20-plus yard gain. They play was designed to go right up the middle, but when the defense sold out up the gut, Charles burned them around the outside corner.

Kansas City's offensive backfield looked good on all fronts Saturday night. The quarterbacks connected on long passes, Mike Cox showed why his nickname is "Bull" with some thundering blocks, and both Larry Johnson and Charles had breakaway runs.

One interesting observation is the amount the fullback was thrown to. It's been a few years now since Chiefs fans have been privy to a true fullback who can catch the ball. Ronnie Cruz was one dimensional and Kris Wilson was hardly a fullback, and the same could be said about fan favorite Boomer Grigsby.

Don't be fooled, though, if the fullback lines up in the slot. Every time we've seen that situation thus far, he always ends up shifting into the backfield.

Speaking of Grigsby, another player wearing number 46 has switched sides of the ball in training camp. As most Chiefs fans know, Grigsby made the switch from linebacker to fullback last season, and this year Oliver Hoyte is making the switch from fullback to linebacker.

Hoyte came into the league as a linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys, but feels more comfortable on the defensive side of the ball, so he talked to Herm Edwards.

"He came to me and asked if he could play over there," said Edwards. "He's always been a defensive player, he's been a linebacker. Dallas just moved him to fullback. He's been a linebacker and a special teams player, and he asked me if he could have an opportunity to play over there and we did it."

Can we now make the deduction that Hoyte was losing the fullback battle to Mike Cox?

"I don't know that, as much as just he looked at the situation and there's a lot of linebackers that were nicked, and he's played linebacker," answered Edwards. "He feels comfortable playing linebacker. He's never been comfortable at fullback. He's a guy who's going to be either a part-time player at fullback and a special teams player, or a special teams player and a linebacker."

Does that description remind you of another player to recently don the 46 jersey for Kansas City? We'll see if Hoyte sticks longer than Grigsby.

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