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11 Chiefs reported absent from Thursday’s voluntary OTA session

The Chiefs have now completed six of their OTA sessions. Four more will take place next week.

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On Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs finished up their second week of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) at the team’s practice facility on the grounds of the Truman Sports Complex. Under rules established for the 2021 offseason, the team is allowed a total of 10 voluntary OTA sessions. With this week’s in the books, the Chiefs have four remaining. They will conduct those from Tuesday through Friday of next week.

Just as happened during last week’s sessions, Tuesday and Wednesday’s on-field work was closed to outsiders. But selected members of the press were allowed to observe portions of Thursday’s session. The Kansas City Star’s Sam McDowell reported that 11 Chiefs veterans were not in evidence.

According to McDowell, running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams did not participate, along with offensive linemen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Martinas Rankin, defensive linemen Jarran Reed, Frank Clark, Chris Jones and Taco Charlton — and defensive backs Mike Hughes, Charvarius Ward and Armani Watts.

It’s important to remember that the absence of these players during Thursday’s voluntary session tells us nothing about whether they participated on Tuesday and Wednesday’s workouts. However, Edwards-Helaire, Duvernay-Tardif, Clark and Ward were also among the eight players reported absent from last Thursday’s voluntary session. The rest of the players who were absent a week ago participated in Thursday’s workout — including quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce.