Supporters of the Kansas City Chiefs were alarmed with the news that wide receiver Tyreek Hill left practice early on Thursday due to a hamstring issue. Those concerned can breathe a sigh of a relief thanks to a report from NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo on Thursday night.
Mentioned on @nflnetwork earlier and just got further word confirming: #Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill’s hamstring injury is a minor strain, sources say. No great concern there. Team could still play it safe, as other clubs are doing when it comes to hamstrings and soft tissue these days.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 21, 2020
As Garafolo notes, the team could play it safe, which would match my expectation. I’d anticipate Hill getting at least Friday off, if not more. At this stage of his career, he could do more harm than good by participating in training camp while he has an injured hamstring, even if the injury is concerned minor.
Fellow receiver Sammy Watkins hasn’t practiced in several days due to a groin injury, so Kansas City is currently down its top two receivers. The duo has about three weeks to recover in order to be ready for the season-opener against the Houston Texans.
Hill had 58 catches for 860 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2019 regular season.