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Peyton Hillis, Glenn Dorsey getting healthier for Chiefs

The Chiefs are missing several significant players on both sides of the ball, but head coach Romeo Crennel offered hopeful words for Peyton Hillis and Glenn Dorsey.

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Kansas City Chiefs have already suffered through a miserable first third of the 2012 NFL season as the team sits with an unexpected 1-4 record. Some of the frustration can be attributed to the team's inability to stay healthy for a second consecutive year. The vast number of Chiefs players dealing with various injuries is remarkable and it comes just a season after losing several impact players to season-ending injuries in 2011.

However good news is coming as both running back Peyton Hillis and defensive end Glenn Dorsey are making their way back, slowly but surely, to the field for the team. They are not confirmed one way or the other for this Sunday against the Bucs, but any progess is good at this point.

"Injury-wise, [Peyton] Hillis, he will not practice but he will be begin to do more on-the-field work with the trainers and things, some running, we'll get him to start cutting and things like that. It's getting better," said Crennel about the team's power back. "Same thing with [Glenn] Dorsey. He's getting better and he'll start doing more on-the-field stuff. He's just been kind of walking around so he'll start jogging and doing some of that stuff."

There's no way of knowing a timetable in mid-week, but if one or both players continue to improve, it would not be a surprise to see them play on Sunday, even in a limited role. Given the Chiefs needs, either player would be a welcome addition.