The Kansas City Chiefs rookies, quarterbacks and some injured players were on hand for their training camp debut on Wednesday. We're not yet at the full squad practice -- the first one comes on Saturday -- but this group of players is allowed to come out and get in three days of practice before everyone else.
Because this isn't a full squad workout and it's mostly rookies who we don't know there won't be many practice observations. It's more about who's there, who's not. Plus, the Chiefs have rules that restricts us on what we can report during these three early practices.
WR Chris Conley: Strained knee
While I walked away from practice on Wednesday to write our blurb on Eric Berry's return I saw Terez Paylor tweet that Chris Conley had walked of with a trainer. Per Andy Reid, it's a strained knee for Conley.
"We'll check and see exactly what it is here once we get up there. And we'll let you know on that."
Reid speaks to the media directly after practice so he likely didn't have much information on Conley. It would be disappointing if he were to miss any time because we have high hopes for him.
I asked Alex Smith this week if he sees Conley as a guy who can contribute early.
"Absolutely," Alex said. "I think everything that we saw in OTAs encourages that idea."
UPDATE: Conley is not practicing on Thursday, per Terez Paylor.
QB Tyler Bray: ACL
I saw Bray out on the practice field on Wednesday but he wasn't participating. He is recovering from a torn ACL sometime last December or January. While he has been placed on the non-football injury list, his status remains unclear moving forward.
"Tyler Bray is actually doing some work out here today with the trainers and we're just seeing," Reid said, "we're trying to get him on the field. Remember, we didn't have him during the OTAs, so we got him on the field here doing this part of his physical exam. He's on NFI now, but we're going to see where he's at and see if he can progress and get off the NFI."
It's really hard to see how Bray can make this roster if the Chiefs don't keep four quarterbacks.
After practice ended, I saw him working with Andy Reid and a couple of other assistant coaches.
LB Ramik Wilson: lower back strain
Wilson did this working out on his own this summer.
"We're just letting that calm down for a couple days," Reid said. "He did that in his workouts, working up to getting here."
TE Demetrius Harris: foot surgery last May
He had an additional operation on his foot this past May after breaking that foot last season. Reid was initially optimistic about being healthy for camp but he has started on the PUP list.
He had surgery on his foot, he's coming back from that. He's made great progress, we just have to see how he does.
He can come off the PUP list whenever he is healthy.
This once again highlights the potential depth issues for the Chiefs at tight end. I would really like to see them bring in another veteran tight end to compete with Richard Gordon and rookie James O'Shaughnessy.