By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs worked on their hurry-up, no-huddle offense for most of the morning Tuesday. Rookie running back Knile Davis took most of the snaps for the injured Jamaal Charles. But Davis and quarterback Alex Smith got crossed up on a handoff, with Smith going one way and Davis the other. Smith completed a nice over-the-shoulder pass to tight end Anthony Fasano. Smith also had a nice series, isolating Dexter McCluster on the right side, hitting Dwayne Bowe on a slant and on a sideline out, and threading a pass to McCluster between cornerback Brandon Flowers and strong safety Eric Berry. Bowe made a nice sliding catch on a pass from Smith and followed that up by catching a bubble screen. Backup recievers had a tough day. Devon Wiley, Jamar Newsome and Josh Bellamy all beat their defenders only to drop easy catches. Rookie Frankie Hammond hauled in a bomb from Tyler Bray.
Flowers stepped in front of a pass by Smith intended for Jon Baldwin, intercepted it and returned it for a touchdown. Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson broke up a pass by Smith intended for Fasano. Defensive end Tyson Jackson applied pressure and would have had a sack of Smith if contact was allowed. Jackson also batted down a pass by Smith. Outside linebacker Tamba Hali dropped into coverage and ran stride for stride with tight end Tony Moeaki. Safety Quintin Demps broke up a pass for tight end Travis Kelce. Safety Husain Abdullah came unblocked for a clear shot at quarterback Chase Daniel. Safety Kendrick Lewis intercepted Smith during seven-on-seven drills.
RB Jamaal Charles (foot strain), OLB Mike Catapano (calf), DE Austen Lane (ribs), and DB Sanders Commings (collarbone) were out. WR Junior Hemingway (thumb) and OT Tommie Draheim (concussion) returned to practice after missing more than a week.
26 That’s how many days remain until the regular-season opener on Sept. 8 at Jacksonville.
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