Ford exits early
Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford left practice early Wednesday because of a sore knee, a team spokesman said.
Ford, who walked off the field gingerly, has been a starter at outside linebacker throughout offseason workouts while Justin Houston rehabs his knee and Tamba Hali rests his knee. Ford was replaced in the lineup by Dezman Moses, who logged some first-team work with Frank Zombo.
The Chiefs are counting on Ford, their 2014 first-round pick, to build on a sophomore season in which he flashed pass-rush potential with four sacks in 565 snaps. But he is still working on his consistency, as three of those sacks came in one game.
Two more Chiefs got in a minor scuffle during Wednesday’s practice, as outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas and defensive tackle Jimmy Staten needed to be separated.
Afterward, Chiefs coach Andy Reid sent Nicolas — who threw a punch — to the sideline, while Staten continued to work with the defensive line group. Nicholas later re-entered practice.
Running back Jamaal Charles, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, participated in individual drills and warmups for the second straight day Wednesday.
▪ Tight end Travis Kelce and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif each missed practice for the second straight day because of illness.
▪ Receiver Kenny Cook, who left practice Tuesday because of an injury, hurt his quad, a source told The Star. The injury will require surgery.
Cook, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Gardner-Webb a year ago, spent part of the 2015 season on the practice squad.