Other items of note, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was not present for OTAs today for personal reasons.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) June 12, 2014
Jamaal Charles was not in attendance at #Chiefs OTAs today. Told he has a personal excused absence— Craig A. Brenner (@craig_a_brenner) June 12, 2014
#Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was not at practice today. He was excused for personal reasons.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) June 12, 2014
Jamaal Charles was absent from practice but was excused for personal reasons— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) June 12, 2014
Yes, everyone's first thought is that this is not good. That's just the way fans are wired, especially Chiefs fans. But these practices are voluntary and players have lives outside of football.
Herbie Teope of Chiefs Spin reports that Knile Davis and Joe McKnight split first team reps with Charles out.
Unfortunately, that's not where the bad news ends.
1. Offseason addition WR Weston Dressler came down with an injury, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher.
WR Weston Dressler pulled up after making catch at practice today with hamstring injury. Didn't return and looks like he'll miss more time— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) June 12, 2014
Hamstrings suck. They're the type of injury that can linger, at least in my limited experience following the NFL.
2. Junior Hemingway missed practice again. He is sick, according to Nick Jacobs.
Daily Demetrius Harris update
For daily TE Demetrius Harris update, he actually dropped what appeared to be an easy catch, but made up for it later with a leaping grab.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) June 12, 2014
You can't defend the back-shoulder pass
QB Alex Smith had hands down two of the prettiest passes today, both back-shoulder variety to WR Dwayne Bowe in tight coverage.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) June 12, 2014
Good day for Alex Smith
#Chiefs QB Alex Smith was righteous today. He was decisive and accurate and had a great run of pinpoint passes.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) June 12, 2014
Eric Berry in single-high alert!
#Chiefs S Eric Berry made a play in single-high coverage. Ranged to the sideline and swatted away a pass BUT Murray stared his WR down.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) June 12, 2014
Clark Hunt attends practice
The Chiefs talk about family, long time executive Jack Steadman was joined by John Dorsey as they watched practice with us in the media.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) June 12, 2014
Clark Hunt even stopped by late in practice. That's just a perfect example of why the organization is headed in the right direction.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) June 12, 2014
Brandon Flowers and Justin Houston remain out
Also absent today were CBs Flowers, Owens and David Van Dyke, LB Justin Houston and WR Junior Hemingway.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) June 12, 2014
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