The highlights from Sunday's day in Chiefs camp in St. Joseph, along with an injury report and Monday's schedule.
Running back De'Anthony Thomas showed quickness and vision on a few outside runs. He also caught a number of short passes and looked dangerous running after the catch. It looks like they will try to get him the ball in space … Frankie Hammond caught a drag route and ran for a big gain … Receiver Weston Dressler made a nice caught on a low pass over the middle. He managed to avoid a shot from linebacker Derrick Johnson, who was lurking nearby … Hammond made the play of the day when he caught a deep pass on what appeared to be a dig route, then reversed his field and left several defenders in his wake for a touchdown … Quarterback Tyler Bray threw a bad interception directly to linebacker Dezman Moses, but redeemed himself on the very next play by placing a gorgeous ball deep down the right sideline for receiver Darryl Surgent, who made the catch with cornerback Kevin Rutland in single coverage. Bray also displayed some zip on a nice out route to tight end Richard Gordon near the sideline … Avery made a nice leaping catch in traffic from Smith … Hammond also caught a few more passes during team drills and had a big day, overall … rookie Zach Fulton got a bunch of looks at first-team right guard but also served as the No. 2 center with Eric Kush nursing an injury.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson kicked off team period with a massive hit on receiver Donnie Avery, who was coming over the middle on a what appeared to be a drag pattern. Avery held onto the ball, though … Johnson later drew more “oohs” from fans when he took out tight end Demetrius Harris with a low hit near the sideline. Johnson has really made a few eye-popping plays the last few days …. Safety Jerron McMillian broke up a Chase Daniel pass near the sideline that was intended for running back Knile Davis … Anthony Fasano looks healthy. He caught a playaction pass over the middle from quarterback Alex Smith and powered through a tackle by safety Malcolm Bronson for a few extra yards … Cornerback Ron Parker cut under a pass intended for receiver Kyle Williams and forced the incompletion. Later on he also dove to break up a pass intended for Avery … The defensive line dominated 1-on-1 pass-rushing drills today, and Dontari Poe proved to be difficult to handle.
Right tackle Donald Stephenson and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe were carted off the field during Sunday’s practice.
Stephenson injured his ankle when players rolled into his legs from behind during the team portion of practice, leaving the Chiefs even more thin at a position that lacked depth to begin with.
Bowe was cramping and shouldn’t miss significant time, while fullback Jordan Campbell also left practice with an injured left foot.
Two players who left practice Saturday with injuries, wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring) and backup center Eric Kush (right ankle), missed practice, while tight end Travis Kelce (knee) received a day of rest as he returns from offseason surgery, while linebacker Joe Mays sat out to rest a sore knee that started to bother him on Saturday.
Left tackle Eric Fisher (shoulder) and safety Eric Berry (dislocated finger) practiced on a limited basis.
Finally, safety Sanders Commings (foot strain), cornerback David Van Dyke (hamstring) and running back Joe McKnight (knee) also remained sidelined for the fourth consecutive day.
1 When asked if second-year pro Knile Davis is his No. 1 guy on kick return (to replace Quintin Demps), special teams coach Dave Toub admitted that he is.
“Yeah, no question, we love him right now,” Toub said. “He’s looking good and catching the ball well. He’s confident and he wants to be great.”
The Star's Tod Palmer contributed to this report.