I have been low-key worried about Tamba Hali because he hasn’t participated in training camp yet. He had offseason surgery on his knee but he did the same the year before so initially I didn’t think it was any big deal. And maybe it isn’t. It still has me concerned that a few weeks before the season I haven’t seen him.
That’s my setup for this potentially good news: Tamba could be returning to practice this week in a limited role, according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
Reid’s exact quote on Tamba from Sunday: “I think there’s a chance we bring Tamba [Hali] along slowly – I’ll know more on that today.”
The Chiefs are off on Monday but return to work on Tuesday. Tamba, who is on PUP, doesn’t need the reps but it would be nice to see him on the practice field at some point before the season starts. I don’t need him to play 40 snaps in Chicago on Saturday but I wouldn’t mind seeing him with some practice reps this week.
Reid had injury updates on a few more injured players.
Tyler Bray: “It’s more of the muscles and that scapula area just calming down and it looked like he was heading in that direction. We took him on the trip with us so they could keep an eye on him with rehab and all that. I think he’s making pretty good progress there.”
Phillip Gaines: “(He) had his most productive practice on Thursday so we’ll keep bringing him along so there’s a chance he’d be ready this week possibly. Again these are day-to-day situations.”
Jamaal Charles: “And then Jamaal [Charles], every day we kind of increase, it was all of two days, but we increased his workload so we’ll continue to do that. I wouldn’t expect him to play this week but we’ll get him in there a little more at practice.”
Charcandrick West: “Charcandrick has a pretty good chance of being there this week. Again I’ll be more comfortable telling you this when the docs see them here. That’ll be a little bit better of an indicator. We have a couple days. We’ve got through today and then tomorrow is a normal in-season Tuesday.”