CHIEFS NOTEBOOK

Chiefs’ Hemingway sprains thumb; Waldron also hurt

Updated: 2013-08-05T20:02:50Z

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star

— Injuries left the Chiefs without a wide receiver competing for a roster spot and without much depth at offensive tackle heading into Friday night’s preseason opener against the Saints in New Orleans.

Wide receiver Junior Hemingway, who had been getting plenty of work in training camp, sprained a thumb. The Chiefs also lost tackle Dustin Waldron with a dislocated knee cap.

Though Waldron wasn’t going to make the regular-season roster, his loss puts the Chiefs in more of an immediate bind. Another tackle, Donald Stephenson, is already out for the Saints game because of a broken finger.

The Chiefs previously lost another tackle for the season with a knee injury in rookie Colin Kelly.

Without Waldron and Stephenson, the Chiefs have only four available tackles: starters Branden Albert and Eric Fisher and backups Geoff Schwartz and Steven Baker.

Hemingway, a seventh-round draft pick last year, was scheduled for an MRI. He is among a large group of receivers competing for a roster spot.

Contact continues at practice

Practice was shortened by a few minutes Monday, perhaps in deference by coach Andy Reid to Friday night’s looming exhibition game. But the Chiefs were still in pads, and players were hitting one another.

“This was our fifth day in a row now of full contact,’’ Reid said. “This is our longest stretch. We’ll have another day tomorrow with it. The guys have pushed through.’’

The Chiefs on Tuesday have their final practice before the New Orleans game. Players are off on Wednesday, and the Chiefs will travel to New Orleans on Thursday.

Dismissing the depth chart

The issuing of a depth chart is required by NFL rules before each game, including those in the preseason. So the Chiefs posted their first depth chart of the year Sunday.

Such exercises generally make coaches nervous. Reid was no different. Monday was the first chance for the media to ask Reid about the depth chart, but he quickly dismissed it.

“This is the first game, so everything is open,’’ he said. “We are going to play the best guys and that’s all.”

| Adam Teicher, ateicher@kcstar.com

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