Overcast skies and drizzle at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph on Saturday morning threatened the Kansas City Chiefs’ fourth full practice of their 2021 training camp. But it nonetheless began on time — with tight end Travis Kelce reporting for duty with helmet in hand. The Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teopie snagged a photo.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce back to work today. pic.twitter.com/snknhvu0KU— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) July 31, 2021
Kelce had missed Friday’s practice. He left Thursday’s session after his back and hips had “tightened up,” according to head coach Andy Reid. After practice, the Chiefs said he had participated in individual drills.
Linebacker Anthony Hitchens was also on the practice field as the Saturday session began. Reid said he “tweaked” a hamstring during the first full practice on Wednesday and was held out of Thursday’s session. He was on the field for the beginning of Friday’s practice — but ended up sitting down.
Meanwhile, offensive lineman Mike Remmers — who has been seeing the majority of snaps at right tackle during the first three days of camp — was not on the practice field. ESPN’s Adam Teicher was the first to report his absence — and our Jared Sapp contributed some thoughts.
Remmers missed a game with a back injury last season. Probably a veteran workload management think. Good opportunity for Niang but very much doubt he starts week 1. https://t.co/4wiNW6s1Zz— Jared Sapp (@TrumanChief) July 31, 2021
Later, the Chiefs said Remmers was suffering from back spasms.
And as our Pete Sweeney noted, Niang did, in fact, start the session as the primary right tackle.
Looks like Lucas Niang is getting a look as the top team right tackle in team work. #Chiefs— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) July 30, 2021
One player left practice early on Saturday: linebacker Ben Neimann.
Chiefs LB Ben Niemann leaving practice early. Walking up hill with trainer. pic.twitter.com/99BOIUUgkN— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) July 31, 2021
The Chiefs said Niemann had tweaked a hamstring.