Chiefs hope to get boost from Hillis

October, 24, 2012
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The Kansas City Chiefs signed Peyton Hillis with the hopes of having one of the best 1-2 running back punches in the NFL.

While starter Jamaal Charles has been fantastic with 591 yards, Hillis hasn’t been unleashed because of an ankle injury. Hillis has missed the past three games with an injury. He has 93 yards on 21 carries this season.

Yet, the Chiefs may be getting close to getting Hillis back. He practiced on a limited basis and the team is hopeful he could play Sunday against visiting Oakland. Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel is looking forward to seeing a Charles-Hillis tandem finally develop.

“You’ve got a big back that can catch the ball, which can break some tackles, who has good vision and all those kinds of things, and being able to complement Jamaal as well,” Crennel told reporters Wednesday. “I think that it makes the defenses have to think twice about how they’re going to defend some things.”

Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ health seems to be improving. Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey (calf) was limited and he could be getting back to action and receiver/returner Devon Wylie (hamstring) practiced fully.

Meanwhile, Oakland tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) and running back Taiwan Jones (knee) have returned to practice. They were both limited. Linebacker Aaron Curry is practicing for the second straight week. Still, he may not be activated from the physically unable to perform list this week to play at Kansas City.

San Diego left tackle Jared Gaither is practicing for the second straight day. He missed the Chargers’ last game with a groin injury. It would be a boost for the Chargers if he can play Sunday at Cleveland.

Denver cornerback Tracy Porter was limited Wednesday with an illness that kept him out of Week 6 at San Diego. Porter has a solid chance to play against his former team, New Orleans, Sunday if he doesn’t have a setback.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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