It was a rough day for the KC Chiefs secondary Thursday as Eric Berry and Marcus Cooper left practice because of injuries and coach Andy Reid said Sanders Commings would have surgery. But the pass rush showed off a new formation with Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dee Ford lined up together. That and more in our daily report from The Star’s Terez A. Paylor.
The Chiefs brought in a challenger for veteran kicker Ryan Succop, but he hasn’t let it bother him. Succop also talking about the similarities to pitching and butterflies he feels even entering his sixth season.
Thomas struggled from a fitness standpoint early during offseason training, so it was fair to wonder how he would hold up once the pads came on during training camp on the Missouri Western campus. The good news for the Chiefs is Thomas, a fourth-round pick in May, appears to be every bit as fast and shifty in three practices wearing full football gear.
The Chiefs won’t be content to get their sacks from the outside rush of linebackers Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Dee Ford. In the nickel defense, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and free safety Husain Abdullah have been coming up the middle.
After five days of practice, the Chiefs will enjoy a day of rest on Tuesday. Just the thought of a day off made it easier to practice on Monday. “It gets you through,” said outside linebacker Derrick Johnson, 31.
The KC Chiefs completed their fourth day in full pads during training camp Monday at Missouri Western, and some of the best battles of the day came in the trenches, where the offensive linemen and defensive linemen squared off in one-on-one matchups.
It may not happen right away (and almost certainly won’t happen often), but the Chiefs hope to find a way to get sack masters Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the field at the same time as first-round pick Dee Ford during the upcoming season.
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