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Several players out as Chiefs begin padded practices

Real practices have begun at the team’s facility within the Truman Sports Complex.

NFL: AUG 14 Chiefs Training Camp Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs had their first padded practice of 2020’s training camp on Friday morning. The team will have a total of 14 such practices before the season begins on Thursday, September 10 against the Houston Texans.

Injuries and absences

Defensive end Frank Clark, tight end Deon Yelder, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi — along with defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence and linebacker Darius Harris — were not in pads today.

After the practice, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that Clark has a stomach virus; Reid was careful to say that he is not infected with COVID. Reid said both Harris and Lawrence were excused for personal reasons — and that Yelder has a “slight” groin strain.

Offensive lineman Martinas Rankin, safety Juan Thornhill and cornerback BoPete Keyes — all still currently listed a physically-unable-to-perform — also sat out the session, but worked with trainers on the sidelines.

Reid revealed that Keyes has an orbital fracture — apparently in his jaw — that he suffered before arriving in Kansas City.

Quick takes


We’ll have more from the post-practice press conference featuring Reid, safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Tedric Thompson — and the man of the hour, Travis Kelce — shortly.

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