Something Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs offer that you don’t often see elsewhere is speaking opportunities for the team’s head athletic trainer.
For the Chiefs, that’s vice president of sports medicine and performance Rick Burkholder, who took the podium Monday to talk through some of the Chiefs’ lingering injuries entering 2018 training camp in St. Joseph:
OLB Dee Ford (back)
“Dee Ford is here. He’s doing great. We anticipate that he’s going to be OK as we get into pads.”
C Mitch Morse (foot)
“Morse, the same thing (as Ford), he’s healed up. [He’s] been cleared. He did everything [Monday].”
WR De’Anthony Thomas (leg)
“De’Anthony’s come back from a fractured leg. He did a lot [Monday]. We’ll take him day by day and we’ll bleed him back into contact as the camp goes on. Right now, we’re just going to get him ready for contact, but he’s not going to do it.”
RB Spencer Ware (PCL & LCL)
“Same way (as Thomas) with Spencer Ware with his knee. [He’s] doing phenomenal as you saw in practice, but we’ll bring him back slowly.”
CB Ashton Lampkin (ACL)
“Lampkin, who tore his ACL last year, he’s not quite ready yet and we’ll just take him day by day.”
RB Damien Williams (shoulder)
“Damien Williams, who we signed and was coming off surgery, is doing great. He did everything [Monday].”
*S Armani Watts (ankle)
Armani Watts left practice early due to an ankle injury.