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May 31, 2013

Jamaal Charles leaves Chiefs practice early because of right toe injury

Running back Jamaal Charles left Chiefs practice early Friday because of a toe injury on his right foot. Charles was taken for X-rays, which came back negative.

Running back Jamaal Charles left Chiefs practice early Friday because of a toe injury on his right foot. But X-rays came back negative, meaning Charles could be back in the lineup when the Chiefs begin a three-day mini-camp on Tuesday.

Charles was injured on a running play. Another player stepped on Charles’ right foot as he came through the line of scrimmage and Charles then limped over to the sideline, where trainers removed his shoe.

Charles was taken off the practice field shortly afterward.

Rookie Knile Davis took Charles’ snaps with the starting offense after the injury. The Chiefs also have Cyrus Gray, Shaun Draughn and another rookie, Jordan Roberts at running back.

Gray was a sixth-round draft pick last year. Draughn hasn’t practiced this spring because of a sports hernia. Jordan is an undrafted free agent.

Tackle Branden Albert and cornerback Brandon Flowers returned to practice for the first time since Tuesday. Each has missed the two previous practices because of illness.

Wide receiver Jon Baldwin, who is also ill, did not participate for the second straight day.

Avery gets some work

Wide receiver Donnie Avery was one of the Chiefs’ major offseason acquisitions but had been only an observer at practice since suffering a high ankle sprain two weeks ago. Avery was able to get in some work on Friday, when he took a handful of snaps during team drills.

With Baldwin out and Dexter McCluster also limited in practice because of a sore hamstring, some of the younger receivers, particularly Junior Hemingway and Devon Wylie, continue to receive plenty of work.

Wylie had perhaps his best day of practice on Friday. He at one point caught passes on three consecutive plays, including one on a low throw from Alex Smith.

Harris gets Reid’s attention

Undrafted rookie tight end Demetrius Harris, who hadn’t played football since high school in Arkansas in 2008 until he joined the Chiefs in May, continues to make an impression. Harris, who was a basketball player in college, had several more catches on Friday.

“He’s just gotten better and better every day,’’ head coach Andy Reid said. “You see him out here making plays. I’m proud of the way he’s worked. That’s not an easy transition.

“John Dorsey, that was his guy. He saw the ability there. He had been a real good high school receiver. You bring him in and you give him a shot. He came in and is making the most of it so far.’’

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