Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks and rookies reported to St. Joseph, Missouri on Friday, as they begin three days of work on Saturday before veteran position players arrive for training camp on Monday afternoon. The injury to watch of utmost importance is that of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who told reporters he has no worries about limitations.
“I think there will be no restrictions,” he said via Zoom. “I’ve been training. Running, throwing, doing everything that I usually do. I think that was what was so good about going to OTAs (organized team activities) and doing those things. I tested it there, realized I was good, then when I got back with Bobby and started training in the offseason with him, I was able to do what I normally would do.”
Mahomes had offseason turf toe surgery to repair the injury he suffered during last year’s Divisional Round win over the Cleveland Browns. The Chiefs said they were cautious with Mahomes throughout OTA sessions, and he did everything asked of him in what was essentially — as head coach Andy Reid described — a “passing camp.”
When Mahomes broke from the Chiefs to work with his longtime personal trainer Bobby Stroupe, he expressed that it was more of the same.
“We definitely did a little bit more as far as mobility with the foot,” said Mahomes. “We always do stuff with foot and ankle and knees — and all that different type of stuff. But we did different stuff just to kind of keep that mobility going, strengthen that stuff that I kind of lost. Whenever you go in to have any surgery, you’re going to lose some mobility. We did stuff like that before every single workout, but then once the workouts started up, we kind of got rolling like usual, and the good thing about Bobby is he always has some new stuff for me, so he was doing things that he had learned over the year and I think they worked out well, and I’m ready to go in training camp.”
Andy Reid on other injuries to know
When it was his turn on Zoom, Reid noted that there would be a few veterans arriving early as they recover from injuries.
“On the injury front, we’ve got some guys that are up here that will work,” said Reid before providing a list of names. “Deandre Baker, Taco Charlton, Juan Thornhill — they’ll be doing some activities up here in the next couple days... Armani Watts will also be up here. He had a foot fracture and is doing well.”
Baker broke his femur in the Chiefs’ final game of the regular season — a meaningless loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in which the team was trying to get him some reps. Charlton was having a nice season before fracturing his ankle in Week 9. That is also the first news of an injury to Watts, who reportedly missed OTAs.
Thornhill appeared in all 16 regular-season games and all three Chiefs’ playoffs games — so at the time of this writing, it is unclear what is ailing him. It is worth noting he did not participate in the 2019 playoffs due to a torn ACL, but we are unaware if there is any connection to that initial injury. There should be more to come on that front in the early days of training camp.
Reid then had a note on offensive lineman Kyle Long, who suffered a lower-leg injury during offseason workouts.
“He’s improving and doing really a great job with his rehab,” said Reid. “He will not be up here for this go-round for the next couple days. But he has been rehabbing with us.”
It’s likely Long reports with the rest of the veterans on Tuesday. Reid also added that defensive lineman Malik Herring, an undrafted free agent partaking in an unofficial redshirt year in Kansas City, is rehabbing the torn ACL he suffered during the Senior Bowl.