With Eric Fisher replacing Branden Albert at left tackle, the Kansas City Chiefs were probably hoping they could get all the practice time they can with Fisher on the left side. Unfortunately, Fisher's two offseason surgeries -- sports hernia and shoulder -- are preventing him from practicing full-go.
Andy Reid says it will be training camp until Fisher is ready for contact.
"Fisher will probably be training camp where he can actually jam and hit somebody," Reid said, via quotes from the Chiefs. "That's what you can't do right now. They don't want him to do that. He's doing everything else working his feet."
Fisher can still work on his feet and do some other stuff so it's not a total loss. These are non-contact practices anyway.
Fisher's weight and his technique were both issues last season. The Chiefs want to see him get bigger and tougher, which he'll have trouble doing with the shoulder injury. Fisher's hands were beat up last season so his technique needs to improve to the point that he can handle that. Obviously him not being out there to work on that is a disappointment but it is what it is.
With right tackle Donald Stephenson replacing Fisher at left tackle for now, that means at least 40 percent of the Chiefs offensive line is practicing in positions they ideally won't play next season. And we haven't even mentioned the Chiefs sharing reps at right guard to find their starter there.
TE Travis Kelce
Kelce is not practicing right now as he continues to recover from his microfracture knee surgery last season. That's a significant injury (more serious than an ACL from what I can tell) so it's extremely important for the Chiefs to get this recovery right.
"He started to run outside and doing some things," Reid said. "He hasn't been out here in any of the practices."
I talked with Kelce earlier this offseason. He said he would have to talk to the Chiefs to see what he could do in the offseason program. But he believed he would be ready for training camp in late July and August.
"We'll just see how it goes as we hit June," Reid said.
A few other notable injuries (and one non-injury) ...
WR AJ Jenkins
Reid said he had "a bit of a hamstring" on Thursday. Which is true. He definitely has a hamstring. We just don't know what he did to it.
DT Risean Broussard
He went down last week. Reid called it a hyperextended knee. It does not require surgery. That seems to be the name he gives most non-serious knee injuries so who really knows what happened here.
WR Kyle Williams
Kyle Williams made it to Kansas City for one practice last season before tearing his ACL again. That came last November and Williams remains out with that recovery.
QB Aaron Murray
The real story is that he should not be on this list. Murray tore his ACL the same week that Williams did in November 2013. He bounced back to participate in the rookie minicamp and OTAs in the past week. Chiefs Spin's Herbie Teope and others have said you can't tell Murray tore his ACL by watching him move. He looks fine. GM John Dorsey said after the draft that Murray was close to being 100 percent.
Reid said of Murray last week at the start of rookie minicamp: "He's done everything up to this point. He went through today's work and it will keep getting stronger as he goes. This was good because this was the first time there was a pass rush on him, so he had to move around a little bit. You got to see his movement ability. You have to do that in the National Football League and you have to do it out here for these camps. He did that and he did some nice things with that."