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for a last-minute visit with his family when the Kansas City Chiefs played the Atlanta Falcons in their second preseason game last week.He didn't get to see another shaky performance by their secondary until reporting to his new team.Now the veteran cornerback who spent nearly a decade with the Dallas Cowboys and was recently cut loose by the Washington Redskins will try to help patch it up. The Chiefs signed the 31-year-old Scandrick over the weekend in the hopes he can stabilize one of their biggest areas of need."I'm just trying to find my way around right now. I've only been here a few days D.J. Swearinger Jersey ," he said with a smile Monday. "I'm doing a whole lot of listening and not a lot of talking."Scandrick won't have a whole lot of time to get up to speed. The Chiefs visit the Chicago Bears this weekend for their third preseason game, then have a quick turnaround before their preseason finale.Their regular-season opener is a mere three weeks away."After being in the league for 10 years, there's only so many coverages a team can run, only so many philosophies," He said. "I'm just trying to learn the terminology right now."Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has been a bit uncertain of his defensive backfield since the start of training camp, when they had Bashaud Breeland in for an extended visit. But Veach didn't pull the trigger on a veteran addition until signing Scandrick last week."You can't have enough corners, so Brett's kept his eyes open, brought a couple in," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "This one, he felt comfortable."Finances were a big part of it the cash-strapped Chiefs would only owe him $1.5 million for the upcoming season but so was were injuries and underwhelming performances early in camp.The Chiefs lost Daniel Sorensen for at least the start of the season after the safety broke a bone in his shin. They are also without cornerback Steven Nelson expected to start opposite new arrival Kendall Fuller after he sustained a concussion in their preseason opener.A lingering heel injury has forced Eric Berry to the sideline the past couple of weeks, and the trade of Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams this year has made a secondary that struggled last season potentially worse."The big thing for us is just communicating and being on the same page and at the end of the day, making plays on the ball," said Fuller, who arrived in the trade for Alex Smith. "As a DB, the more plays on the ball that you make, the better the opportunity you give your team to win."The Chiefs hope Scandrick can help make some of those plays. They hope Berry can, too.The perennial Pro Bowl safety missed almost all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon, but he appeared ahead of schedule in his recovery when he participated in the offseason program. Berry also was on the practice fields of Missouri Western State University for the start of training camp, which Chiefs fans took as a good omen for the upcoming season.Then he began sitting out practices with a heel injury. And so far, the injury has caused Berry to miss enough time that many are wondering whether there is something more serious afoot."I just don't want to go backward. That's what I don't want to do," Reid said between Monday's morning walk-through and an afternoon practice. "I'm OK with it. He's far enough long. ... I just have to monitor it and see where he's at. I'm comfortable where he's going with this thing."Notes: DL Allen Bailey (knee strain) and OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff (concussion) joined Nelson and Berry in sitting out Monday's practice. ... RB Charcandrick West participated in some of the workout for the first time in several weeks after dealing with a concussion. "He feels good. The docs say he's OK," Reid said. "We're in pads today, be helpful to see him move around." Quarterback Aaron Rodgers' injured left knee has apparently improved to the point where he can take part in a midweek practice.Green Bay's star quarterback was limited in practice on Thursday as the Packers prepare to face the Buffalo Bills this weekend. It is the first time Rodgers took part in a midweek practice since getting hurt during the season-opening win over the Chicago Bears.The Packers usually practice on Wednesdays Zach Brown Jersey , Thursdays and Saturdays, with Thursday being the most intensive day of preparation. Rodgers missed midweek practices the previous two weeks to focus on rehab, while returning for the team's lighter practices on Saturday.The Packers were plagued by inconsistent play in a 31-17 loss to Washington last week, including drops, a fumble and penalties."When everybody's out there, the attention to detail is greater," receiver Geronimo Allison said after practice. "He demands more as the (potential) Hall of Fame quarterback, as the leader of our team. He demands perfections when he's out there with us."Rodgers missed practice Wednesday again this week, but the quarterback was cleared to practice on Thursday. He still does his usual extensive work with receivers in the film room, too."I'm one who always loves being out there because you're not just competing but you're working on things with the guys and working on the game plan," Rodgers said on Wednesday. "That's the trade-off 鈥?not being out there for practice but the trade-off is I can actually get out there and play on Sunday."Just Rodgers' presence alone raises the intensity level on defense, too, coach Mike McCarthy has said."It's good to see your franchise quarterback, your No. 1 player out there. It just kind of brings the spirits up of everybody," linebacker Clay Matthews said.Jimmy Graham also returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday. McCarthy said the veteran tight end was given a "maintenance" day on Wednesday, when he was listed as missing practice with a knee injury.Right tackle Bryan Bulaga was also limited for a second straight day, though it appears the veteran starter should be available on Sunday after leaving last week's loss to the Redskins.Notes: WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) was limited after being added to the injury report on Thursday. ... Starting CB Kevin King (groin) returned to practice for the first time this week after missing the Redskins game. King, who was limited, said he was day to day. "This was the next step, just trying to get out there and move around. It felt good," King said. ... The availability of Justin McCray (shoulder) for Sunday looks iffy after the starting right guard missed another practice. ... LB Nick Perry (concussion protocol) also missed practice.



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