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Fifth practice day: Juan Thornhill back on the field

The second-year safety is beginning to ramp back up to full participation in practice.

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On Wednesday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs conducted their fifth training camp practice at the team’s facility on the grounds of the Truman Sports Complex. The team will conduct a total of 14 such practices before the season begins on Thursday, September 10 against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.

The big news was the return of second-year safety Juan Thornhill to the practice field. Thornhill tore an ACL during the week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers last season, but was expected to be ready for training camp. Instead, he’s been on the team’s physically-unable-to-perform list until now. Thornhill’s Wednesday participation was limited, and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said they intend to slowly ramp him up to full speed.

Linebacker Darius Harris returned from an excused absence.

Defensive end Frank Clark missed another day of practice. Reid said he remains ill with a stomach virus. Defensive tackle Chris Jones remained out with a groin injury, although he was working with a trainer off to the side (via Kansas City Star). Left tackle Eric Fisher remained in concussion protocol. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, cornerback Antonio Hamilton and tight end Deon Yelder all missed the session as they continue to recover from groin injuries. Wide receiver Byron Pringle remained out with a knee injury. Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones — who sustained a leg injury on Tuesday — also missed a day, as did rookie cornerback Lavert Hill, who has a strained hamstring.

Offensive lineman Martinas Rankin remains on the team’s physically-unable-to-perfrom list.