Tamba Hali returned to Chiefs practice on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in the offseason. Running back Jamaal Charles returned to practice last week after his knee surgery. But don’t expect either to play in either of the Chiefs’ final two preseason games. The same is true of safety Eric Berry, who missed training camp.
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The Chiefs had several injured players back in practice on Tuesday. Quarterback Tyler Bray, running back Charcandrick West and cornerback Phillip Gaines had been nursing injuries. Running back Jamaal Charles and linebacker Tamba Hali had missed time after off-season knee surgery. They were all back on the practice field Tuedsay.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley was a standout in the team’s second preseason game, grabbing three receptions for 66 yards, including a beautiful 37-yard haul from quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs are looking for Conley to take the next step after a rookie season in which he caught 17 passes and one touchdown.
D.J. White was the third cornerback taken by the Chiefs' in this year’s draft, but he found himself in the starting lineup against the Rams on Saturday due to his natural instincts and recent performance.
The Kansas City starters played hard for a half, and there were some positives — particularly in the passing game — but there are also were some areas for the Chiefs to monitor, such as the young secondary and run defense.
Chiefs backup quarterback Nick Foles entered the game in the second quarter and played until early in the fourth quarter Saturday night in a 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams, his former team. He completed 18 of 22 passes for 133 yards, leading the Chiefs on two drive that ended with field-goal attempts.
Defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches didn’t play in the Chiefs’ 21-0 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Rams because of back spasms. Fullback Trey Millard suffered a knee sprain in the third quarter, coach Andy Reid said.
Cornerback Phillip Gaines and quarterback Tyler Bray were among the inactives for the Chiefs against the Rams in a preseason game on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Gaines didn’t play last week and Bray injured his neck in last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.