The Kansas City Chiefs had good news as Thursday’s training camp session at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph got underway: wide receiver Tyreek Hill was back on the practice field in full pads with his helmet — as Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest reported.
Hill had missed two days of practice with tendinitis in his knee. Another player who had been missing time was also ready to get back to practice: safety Juan Thornhill, who had been dealing with a groin strain.
Juan Thornhill (groin) also back in pads and a helmet today.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) August 5, 2021
Tight end Nick Keizer — who has been on the team’s Active/PUP list with back spasms — also returned to practice. As the Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teope noted, Mike Remmers has also missed practice with back spasms. While he did not participate on the field, Remmers was present at practice for the first time in several days.
Chiefs OL Mike Remmers (back) makes an appearance after missing multiple days of practice. He’s not in pads. pic.twitter.com/E6pgAtALNx— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 5, 2021
Teope also reported that linebacker Ben Niemann — who has been dealing with a hamstring injury — was back on the field.
Only one Chiefs player was absent: linebacker Williie Gay Jr., who entered the NFL concussion protocol after Wednesday’s practice. Alex Okafor — who suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday — was present but spent the practice working with trainers. So did cornerback Deandre Baker, whose absence from Wednesday’s practice was unexplained. Following practice, head coach Andy Reid said the team is resting Baker. Joining them were Remmers, tight end Evan Baylis (ankle), offensive lineman Kyle Long (knee) and linebacker Malik Herring (knee).
After practice began, Fox 4’s Rob Collins noted that wide receiver Antonio Callaway had to be helped to the medical tent with what appeared to be a knee injury.
Chiefs receiver Antonio Callaway helped to the medical tent, seemed to favor a knee. Getting looked at by the trainers. #ChiefsKingdom— Rob Collins (@RCFOX4KC) August 5, 2021
Callaway later returned to the locker room on a cart. Afterward, Reid said that he had “tweaked” his knee, saying the team would take a closer look after practice.