CHIEFS NOTEBOOK

Charles, McCluster back on the field at Chiefs minicamp after injuries

Updated: 2013-06-04T22:49:28Z

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star

Jamaal Charles showed no ill effects from his toe injury as the Chiefs began their three-day minicamp Tuesday at their Truman Sports Complex practice facility. Charles, who left practice early on Friday after a teammate accidentally stepped on his right foot, took his normal spot as the starting running back.

“He looked pretty good out there,” coach Andy Reid said.

X-rays on Charles’ foot after practice Friday were negative.

Dexter McCluster was a full practice participant Tuesday for the first time since injuring his hamstring two weeks ago. Wide receiver Terrance Copper left practice early because of a strained hip flexor.

The minicamp is mandatory for players and all were in attendance except rookie linebacker Mike Catapano. He was excused to attend his graduation ceremony at Princeton.

Johnson remembers Vermeil

Linebacker Derrick Johnson is one of two Chiefs players remaining from the time they were coached by Dick Vermeil. Johnson and punter Dustin Colquitt were drafted by the Chiefs in 2005, Vermeil’s last season as Chiefs head coach.

Vermeil, a friend of Reid’s, attended practice on Tuesday. He and Johnson gave one another a big hug after practice.

“I came here for a visit (before the draft) with Dick Vermeil,” Johnson said. “He told me, ‘Son, we don’t think you’re going to slide (to the Chiefs with the 15th pick in the first round) but if you’re there, we’re going to pick you up.’ I slid a little bit and 15 came up and I was here with the Chiefs.”

Vermeil remembers Deacon Jones

Vermeil was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams when defensive end Deacon Jones was sacking opposing quarterbacks. Vermeil said he never saw a better pure pass rusher than Jones, a Hall of Famer who died on Tuesday.

“In those days it was a little easier (to pass rush) because the offensive linemen legally couldn’t use their hands like they do today,” Vermeil said. “But his ability to extend and reach — he had long arms anyway and then made them longer with how he could contort his body — was spectacular.

“He was a trendsetter. A lot of things we see today were brought into the National Football League (because of) his God-given talent.”

To reach Adam Teicher, call 816-234-4875 or send email to ateicher@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/adamteicher.

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