The Kansas City Chiefs conducted their 13th full practice of training camp on Thursday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph — and several players were back at work.
The first to be noticed was offensive lineman Mike Remmers, whom the Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teope spotted wearing pads as he walked to the field.
Chiefs T Mike Remmers, who missed nine practices with a back ailment, is back in pads today. pic.twitter.com/knNWPFsd8J— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 12, 2021
ESPN’s Adam Teicher reported that rookie Lucas Niang took the initial first-team snaps at right tackle, but Remmers also got some reps there.
Teope also noted that linebacker Willie Gay Jr. — who has been in the concussion protocol — was back in pads and doing some work on the field as practice began. Defensive end Alex Okafor — who has missed a number of practices with a hamstring injury — was also in pads.
Don’t see WR Antonio Callaway (bone bruise), DE Taco Charlton out here.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 12, 2021
Kyle Long (knee), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (hand), Evan Baylis (ankle), Malik Herring (knee) at rehab area.
Wide receiver Antonio Callaway (bone bruise) was absent from practice. Per multiple reports, so was defensive end Taco Charlton. As practice began, what was keeping Charlton away from the field was unknown. Afterward, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that Charlton had eventually been present and “did a little bit of something.”
Tight end Evan Baylis (ankle) and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (hand) both missed another day of practice in the rehab area — as did offensive lineman Kyle Long (knee) and linebacker Malik Herring (knee), both of whom remain on the team’s injured lists.
But after that good news to start the day, bad news followed.
Later in the practice session, Teope reported that cornerback BoPete Keyes was headed back to the locker room with what appeared to be an injury to his left hand.
Chiefs second-year CB BoPete Keyes heading up the hill with two trainers. They spent a few minutes in the medical tent looking at his left hand before taking him up the hill. pic.twitter.com/smMjjOQ0Ge— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 12, 2021
After the session concluded, Reid said that Keyes had dislocated one of his fingers.
As Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest reported, Remmers eventually went into the conditioning tent — as did defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi.
RT Mike Remmers and DT Derrick Nnadi have now left the field and gone to the conditioning tent. Remmers returning from back issues, Nnadi left practice Sunday early too.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) August 12, 2021
Other than to say that Remmers — like Charlton — “did a little bit of something,” Reid offered no other insight on the offensive tackle. But Reid said that Nnadi was dealing with a hip flexor injury.
Derrick also saw defensive end Frank Clark headed back to the locker room — although he had not first been seen in the medical tent.
DE Frank Clark heading up the hill to the locker room. Didn’t see any injury or visit to the medical tent.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) August 12, 2021
Following the practice, Reid called Clark’s issue a “hamstring spasm.”