The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this morning for the first of two practices today. As always, filing reports from River Falls are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com, Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com and the staff at UWRF.
Ashley Lelie practiced with the Chiefs for the first time after signing with the team earlier in the day and wore No. 17. Wade Smith and DaJuan Morgan returned to the practice field. Smith was out 10 days and Morgan missed two weeks. Joining the rehab zone for the first time was Tyler Thigpen. Other players missing the morning practice were G Tavares Washington, Kolby Smith and Zach Thomas.
Working with the first team offense at right tackle is Barry Richardson for the first time during training camp. Previously, Damion McIntosh and Herb Taylor shared the spot; both are now working with the No. 2 line.
The No. 1 offense continues to work without the services of Dwayne Bowe.
Ryan Succop hit three of his four field goal attempts. He had makes from 39, 41 and 50 yards but missed from 54.
There were new faces returning kicks: Bobby Engram, RB Dantrell Savage and Maurice Leggett.
Tyson Jackson turned in his best session of pass-rushing since arriving in River Falls. He beat McIntosh with a nice inside move. Jackson then teamed with Ron Edwards to blow up a lead draw.
Starting safety Bernard Pollard injured his right foot and left the practice field with a trainer. Mike Brown took his spot with the No. 1 defense.
During the goal line session, Larry Johnson dove over the pile at the line for a touchdown.
Later during the same session, Jackie Battle fumbled and the defense recovered. The offensive players came in arguing that Battle was down, an assertion that Todd Haley quickly came in and confirmed.
Offensive miscommunication on the final play of practice as CB Ricardo Colclough jumped a goal line pass and took it 100-yards for a pick six.
The return game continues to worry Haley as he tries to rebuild it as he goes during training camp. Engram has experience in his career, but can he still get it done at his age? At the very least we know he’ll catch the ball, something that Quinten Lawrence is having trouble with right now. I still think Jamaal Charles is the man for the job, especially if some of his reps on offense are taken by Jackie Battle.