In his first practice back with the Chiefs since the club’s rookie minicamp in May, fourth-round running back/receiver De’Anthony Thomas not only got a lot of work, but also a good idea of what it’s like to work in the Kansas City heat.
Thomas, who is listed at 5 feet 9 and 174 pounds, missed all 10 voluntary offseason workouts because the NFL prohibits players from practicing with their new teams until their college’s academic calendar is complete. Final exams for Oregon — which runs on the quarter system — weren’t done until Friday.
As temperatures approached 90 degrees Tuesday in Kansas City, Thomas saw plenty of time as a running back and slot receiver and put his quickness on display on a few occasions. Toward the end of practice, however, Thomas could be seen walking off the field slowly, and he later went to stand in the shade.
A team spokesman said Thomas got ill during the practice.
Kelce and Williams back in the mix
Chiefs coach Andy Reid hinted last week that tight end Travis Kelce and receiver Kyle Williams, who are both recovering from knee injuries, would get a little more work this week, and his prediction came true.
Both Kelce, who had microfracture surgery, and Williams, who is recovering from a torn ACL, participated before heading inside the practice facility to be iced down. Cornerback David Van Dyke, who has missed the last few weeks because of a hamstring injury, did the same.
A couple of players who missed last Thursday’s practice because of injury also returned to action Tuesday, including receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring), cornerback Chris Owens (hamstring).
Three players who missed last Thursday’s practice because of personal reasons were also in attendance, including cornerback Phillip Gaines, left guard Jeff Allen and running back Jamaal Charles.
Receiver Weston Dressler (hamstring) did not practice.
A team spokesman said cornerback Sean Smith was excused because of illness.
Former Mizzou cornerback Kip Edwards, cornerback Quinton Byrd, receiver Mark Harrison and receiver Cole Stanford were invited to participate in the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp.
Byrd, it should be noted, has been assigned No. 24, Brandon Flowers’ old jersey number.