KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Offensive tackle Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs blocks linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos during the first half on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Denver defeated Kansas City 17-10. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Today is when the real practice starts. Kansas City Chiefs training camp will kick off for day three this afternoon and for the first time the Chiefs will be in pads. They've been practicing in shells -- helmets and shorts -- for the past two days but this afternoon will be the first they're in pads.
Well, all of them will be in pads...except Branden Albert.
Also, Branden Albert can't practice this afternoon. He needs two days in camp before putting on pads and he was a day late. New NFL rule— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) July 29, 2012
Albert was absent with a family issue on the first day of camp, meaning he needs another day in camp before qualifying for pads.
I knew about this rule but didn't realize Albert would be affected by it.
Here's what the CBA says about it: "No contact shall be permitted and no pads shall be worn during the second and third days of Preseason Training Camp." They're counting move-in day as day one, so days two and three are padless and day four you can wear pads. Albert, by missing that first day, is a day behind everyone else.
He'll be the first person spending practice on the bikes.