Chiefs rookie receiver Albert Wilson originally thought his first NFL reception would not be a big deal.
Then he made his first catch, an 11-yard grab in the third quarter of the Chiefs’ 23-20 win over the Chargers on Sunday.
“After I got my first catch, just the joy from my teammates … it’s just overwhelming,” Wilson said. “It was a great thing to experience.”
Wilson, an undrafted rookie from Georgia State, said the kudos started flowing in immediately after the catch, too.
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“Soon as I got up off the ground, I was just greeted with three or four teammates with smiles on their faces who were happy I caught the ball,” Wilson said. “And when I went back to the sideline, everybody was just reminding me like ‘Congratulations on your first catch.’ The coaches, the players, everybody.”
Wilson played three offensive snaps on Sunday, the first time he’s logged any offensive snaps in a regular-season game. He came in after starting slot receiver Junior Hemingway left the game with a hamstring injury and was targeted once.
Hemingway (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Thursday after sitting out the day before. Safety Eric Berry (ankle), tight end Travis Kelce (ribs) and cornerback Sean Smith (groin) were also limited participants for the second straight day.
Receiver Donnie Avery (groin) did not practice and has already been ruled out for Sunday. Cornerback Chris Owens (knee) missed practice for the second straight day.
Running back Cyrus Gray (hand) and linebacker Justin Houston (ankle) were listed on the injury report, but each practiced fully for the second consecutive day.