As Kansas City Chiefs training camp continued on Wednesday morning, a total of nine players didn’t put on their pads before walking down to the practice field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. One other injured player was absent. The Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teope had the summary.
Nine Chiefs not in pads today: Tyreek Hill, Juan Thornhill, Deandre Baker, Nick Keizer, Evan Baylis, Chad Williams, Kyle Long and Malik Herring. Mike Remmers not here.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) August 4, 2021
On Tuesday, Hill gave it a go — but ended up leaving practice early. The Chiefs said that he was suffering from tendonitis in his knee. Thornhill and Williams missed another day on the practice field as they nurse groin strains. Baylis has an ankle injury. Remmers is reported to be dealing with back issues. Keizer, Long and Herring remain on the team’s injury lists.
As practice began, Baker’s injury was unknown. Afterward, the team said that he had no injury designation for the day. He is returning from a femur fracture that he suffered last season, so we believe he was just given a day of rest.
But Teope had good news, too.
Chiefs RB Darwin Thompson, who opened camp on the reserve/COVID list, is back to work.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 4, 2021
CB Charvarius Ward (eye) also out here after not practicing Tuesday.
In addition to Tyreek Hill (knee) not working, CB Deandre Baker walked down the hill without pads.
As he noted, Thompson had missed every one of the team’s full training camp practices on the Reserve/COVID list. On Tuesday, the Chiefs said Ward had undergone eye surgery during the offseason. After he had been poked in the eye, they held him out of that day’s practice as a precaution.
After practice began, defensive end Alex Okafor walked back to the locker room under his own power. Friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest had the word.
Chiefs DE Alex Okafor now walking back up the hill to the locker room.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) August 4, 2021
After practice, the Chiefs said Okafor had a hamstring injury.
Later, Derrick noted that linebacker Willie Gay Jr. — a camp standout — spent some time in the medical tent before making an early exit from practice.
Chiefs LB Willie Gay walking back towards the locker room. Saw him take a knee during 9-7 earlier but he stayed in for the next play. Later headed to the medical tent.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) August 4, 2021
The Chiefs said Gay is now in the league’s concussion protocol.
The Athletic’s Nate Taylor reported that while he was active during Wednesday’s practice, linebacker Anthony Hitchens — nursing a tweaked hamstring — didn’t participate in team drills.
Anthony Hitchens, who isn’t working during the team periods, is running the width of the field as he returns from a tweaked hamstring.— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) August 4, 2021