Much like his players, Chiefs coach Andy Reid insists he is unfazed by the continued absence of defensive stars Justin Houston and Brandon Flowers for organized team activities.
Both players missed their third consecutive practice on Thursday.
“I've been around this a long time, I understand the business side,” Reid said. “These are voluntary, I've got it. That's not a distraction. We just focus on the guys and coach the guys that are here. These guys are working their tails off.”
Reid was then asked if he knew if either player would report to the mandatory three-day minicamp, which starts on June 17.
“I don't even get into that,” Reid said. “Everybody has the dates, they know. Everybody knows the rules. Honestly, that's not where I put my focus. I've got a lot of guys that are here trying to make this football team and that's where you've got to put your (focus) when you're coaching. That's how I go. That's how we roll.”
Teams sometimes ask players not to attend minicamps when a trade is imminent — an injury would ruin any potential deal — but Reid seemed to shoot down that idea Thursday when asked if the team told either not to come.
“No,” Reid said, “they weren’t told not to come.”
Reid also briefly addressed quarterback Alex Smith's contract situation. On Tuesday, he told NFL AM he was optimistic a deal would get done, and Smith and general manager John Dorsey have said the same thing. However, a league source told The Star on Tuesday that extension talks between the Chiefs and Smith have been " almost nonexistent” in recent months.
“I said what I said before,” Reid said. “Alex said it, Dorse said it. As long as they're working at it, then that's all good. I think that's enough said on it. I don't think he's concerned and we're not. I'm sure it will get worked out down the road.”
Cautious with Fisher
Left tackle Eric Fisher, who is coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, has been limited in practice and still has not been cleared to participate in 11-on-11 drills.
“He's doing some of our group install stuff where we don't have full contact,” Reid said. “He's making good improvements.”
Reid said the team will be cautious with Fisher leading up to the season.
“It will probably be training camp where he can actually jam and hit somebody,” Reid said. “That's the thing he can't do right now, they don't want him to do that. But he's doing everything else.”
Tight end Travis Kelce, who had his rookie season wiped out due to a knee injury, continues to attend practice. However, he does not participate.
“We'll see how it goes as we hit June and see how he's feeling,” Reid said.
Defensive tackle Risean Broussard did not practice due to a hyperextended knee. Receiver Kyle Williams did not practice as he recovers from a torn ACL in his knee.
Receiver A.J. Jenkins has a hamstring injury but Reid said he “should be fine down the road.”
It appears Reid already has an idea of where he best likes receiver Weston Dressler, a Canadian Football League all-star who was signed as a free agent this offseason, to line up.
“I like his quickness. I like him in the slot,” Reid said. “You can see he’s got a real feel in there.”
Dressler also lined up on the outside a number of times Thursday.