According to Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid — speaking to the press during his usual Wednesday media availability — Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Damien Williams both returned to practice on Wednesday.
Eric Fisher and Dorian O' Daniel won't practice Wednesday. Tyreek Hill "will get out there and move around a little bit," per Andy Reid. Damien Williams will also work.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) October 2, 2019
The head coach also said that Eric Fisher remained out on Wednesday. Special teams linebacker Dorian O’Daniel joined Fisher on the sidelines.
This doesn’t that Hill or Williams will suit up for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium; Reid stopped short of answering questions about how quickly either would be ready to play. Still... for both players, it is a step in the right direction.
Thankful ✌— Ty Hill (@cheetah) October 2, 2019
And for what it’s worth, their quarterback is confident that Hill will be ready to go quite soon after he is able to go full speed in practice.
“I don’t think it will take long at all,” quarterback Patrick Mahomes said when asked about Hill. “We’ve worked all offseason, working in training camp and everything like that and then having the guys around us, we just kind of rotate guys through and get guys reps. I think just having him out there and being able to pick back up where we left off will be something that will be easy to do.”
Mahomes said his first opportunity to throw to Hill was before the game against the Lions on Sunday.
Tyreek Hill is out here running routes and looks really good. Today is 3 weeks from his injury. I’m told he will be evaluated this week and they’ll see where he is heading into next week. pic.twitter.com/D1Ozz52Rem— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 29, 2019
Mahomes added that the Chiefs have missed the “attention that he gets” and how that opens things up for other offensive contributors.
“He obviously can take a little shovel pass and take it to the house,” Mahomes said. “We have a lot of guys like that, but he’s a guy that defenses have to game plan for. Defenses have to account for him with maybe one or two guys to try to figure out a way to stop him, which helps everybody else out, so when he gets back, we’ll be able to utilize him and these other guys to really expand our offense and take it to another level.”
Hill has missed three games after suffering a dislocation of his collarbone during the Week 1 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams has missed two games after suffering a knee injury against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.