Approximately 10 minutes before 9 a.m. ― and 35 minutes after the Chiefs’ first-padded practice began on Monday ― players were told to start walking off the field.
The dark cloud that lingered in the distance at Missouri Western brought the threat of lightning, it was determined, and the Chiefs proceeded to finish their practice indoors.
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“We’ve got the rules and regulations that tells us where lightning is, so we had to come in,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “The safety of the players first, then we were able to get the fans back to their cars and make sure they were safe.”
The good news, Reid said, is that the switch indoors didn’t affect their schedule. They did everything they were supposed to do outside, and Reid was pleased with the effort his players put forth despite the distraction.
“Today was a ‘thud’ day, so there wasn’t any tackling to the ground today, but it was a lot of good hitting,” Reid said. “I appreciate the competition, especially with the sudden change. Sometimes that can be a bit of a distraction but we got in here, we knocked it out.”
While the move indoors didn’t hurt the team, the brief portion of practice that was held outdoors was certainly a bummer for the fans who showed up and paid a $5 parking fee to watch practice.
Reid, however, was sympathetic, and asked them to come out again Tuesday. Practice starts at 8:15 a.m.
“Come tomorrow, let’s try it again,” Reid said. “And hopefully, we’ll be outside.”