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Eric Fisher returned to practice on Thursday

The Chiefs’ left tackle is back on the practice field — but expect the Chiefs to bring him along slowly

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On Thursday, Kansas City Chiefs coordinators took their weekly turn speaking to the news media. We’ll have more about what they had to say later, but we have a piece of significant news: starting left tackle Eric Fisher will be back at practice on Thursday.

According to the Chiefs, defensive end Alex Okafor is the only player being held out of practice on Thursday.

In all probability, Fisher will be limited in his return to practice. As you might remember, Fisher — who underwent core muscle surgery in September after suffering what was first called a groin injury during practice leading up to the Week 2 game against the Oakland Raiders — returned to practice a couple of weeks ago. But after being on the field for just one practice session, he was once again held back.

“It just bothered him,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid when he was asked about the incident on Wednesday. “The doctor recommended that [we] just rest him here for a bit. That happens with that injury; it’s not unusual. He’ll get back. Again, it’s not a season-ending thing. He’s just working.”

So we can expect the Chiefs will bring Fisher along slowly — in the hope that he will be ready for the Los Angeles Chargers game in two weeks; it seems unlikely he’ll be ready to play against the Tennessee Titans this Sunday.

But as our in-house sports medicine expert Aaron Borgmann noted, the best news on the injury front might be the dogs that didn’t bark; there was no word about cornerback Kendall Fuller or defensive end Frank Clark being held out on Thursday after both returned to practice on Wednesday.

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