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.
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire was running with the first team in the 9-on-7 drills (via Chiefs), performing well in his first real pro practice. He busted loose on a long run (via the Kansas City Star).
- Bashaud Breeland had an interception (via Chiefs)
- Patrick Mahomes had sidearm throws — and long passes to Tyreek Hill (via The Star)
- Wide receiver Jody Fortson had two deep catches — one on a sideline throw from Chad Henne (via The Star).
Chiefs training camp is underway in full pads. @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/xiw9V4pnRQ— Dani Welniak (@KCTVDani) August 14, 2020
It’s the first day of padded training camp practices for the Chiefs. Need some @Mathieu_Era video? Here you go... pic.twitter.com/v7pIXmo1d5— Dani Welniak (@KCTVDani) August 14, 2020
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.