Chiefs' Jeff Allen And Other Draft Picks Return From Injury

KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Cyrus Gray #42 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up on the field before running drills during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs are getting healthier. After a number of drafts picks were banged up during OTAs the Chiefs are nearing full strength in the rookie class.

"We had a couple injured guys back," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said on Thursday, via comments distributed by the Chiefs. "(Cyrus) Gray was out there doing a little bit. (De'Quan) Menzie was out there a little bit. I'm encouraged that they're back on the field and doing something."

Throw Jeff Allen into the mix of returning guys, too.


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Allen's injury was the first "Uh-oh" this year but it looks like he'll be fine. He was spotted in practice a couple weeks back with a boot on his ankle, some wondering if he had a high ankle sprain. Now that he's back we know it's nothing serious, which is good news for who will be a key offensive line backup in 2012.

Menzie was beat up quite a bit at Alabama and had a double hernia there last year. He's still recovering from that but also has hamstring injuries. He missed most of OTAs but returned on Thursday. Hamstring injuries are usually something you have to let rest for a while. GM Scott Pioli thinks of him as one of the toughest players he's seen which means we'll probably be talking about Menzie playing through injuries at points in his career.

Gray also had what was reported as a hamstring issue but returned to practice on Thursday.

The problem with rookies missing this time of the year is that they could be a step behind once training camp hits. Because offseason workouts like these are just preparing yourself so that you're ready to roll for real when training camp comes.

The rest of the injuries were the same with Kendrick Lewis, Brandon Siler and the ACL crew of Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki missing practice.

The Chiefs have a minicamp scheduled next week so cross your fingers that they get out of this portion of the offseason healthy.

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