Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford left practice early Wednesday because of an sore knee, a team spokesman said. Ford, who walked off the field gingerly, has been a starter at outside linebacker throughout offseason workouts while Justin Houston rehabs his knee and Tamba Hali rests his knee. He was replaced in the lineup by Dezman Moses, who logged some first-team work with Frank Zombo.
In retrospect, Justin March’s season-ending meniscus injury in August looks like one of the more interesting “what ifs” for the Chiefs’ 2015 season. March, who was signed as an undrafted inside linebacker out of Akron last May, earned rave reviews last preseason from everyone ranging from general manager John Dorsey to defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
The Chiefs are without three of their top four safeties from 2015 during offseason workouts, but Daniel Sorensen is trying to fill the need at the position and could be called on to step into the crucial nickel linebacker role.
The Kansas City Chiefs have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with safety Eric Berry. Running back Jamaal Charles will go through warmups for the first time Tuesday. Five players will sit due to injuries.
The Chiefs’ three-day mandatory minicamp starts Tuesday, and it appears a few notable injured players — including star running back Jamaal Charles — might take part in on-field drills for the first time this offseason.
De’Anthony Thomas missed the Kansas City Chiefs’ last six regular-season games, but he made it clear that he still loves football and wants to play. Thomas does not see many similarities between himself and Tyreek Hill.
Three youngsters are vying for the Chiefs’ No. 2 quarterback job. Smith relies on his backup to help him prepare for the games. It remains to be seen if any of them can match Daniel’s ability in that area.
Chiefs linebacker Efe Obada says he isn’t a long shot to play in the NFL but he’s defied odds getting this far. A Nigerian native, he and a sister were trafficked from the Netherlands to London when he was 10, and he didn’t put on football pads until 2014. Now Obada is trying to stick in the NFL.
Al Harris, a two-time Pro Bowler, was promoted to the Chiefs’ secondary coach with an emphasis on cornerbacks in April. The players say Harris is very passionate and preaches aggression. Harris said his relationship with Marcus Peters is built on respect.
Marcus Peters’ recent inclusion on the NFL Network’s top 100 list — he checked in at No. 65 on the latest episode, which appeared Wednesday — was yet another indication of how strong his rookie season was. In 2015, only five rookies made the list, which is voted on by the league’s players.
This week, Chiefs executives met with representatives from six Kansas City-area domestic-violence advocacy groups, ostensibly in hopes of stepping up dialogue about domestic-violence awareness in the wake of their decision to draft receiver Tyreek Hill.
Ehinger played left tackle, right tackle and right guard in college. He is practicing at left guard for the Chiefs but is prepared to contribute at tackle, too. In college, Ehinger blocked for a dynamic Cincinnati offense
The Star's Terez A. Paylor checks in with a Chiefs Daily update from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He discusses free agency, Jamaal Charles' status, Justin Houston's injury and the No. 2 quarterback situation.
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