Some notes after today's Chiefs practice:
1. The Chiefs continue to work without running back Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL in an early-season game in Detroit last year. But Charles all but guaranteed he would be cleared to participate when training camp begins next month. “When they let that cape off me, I’m ready to go. I’m ready to put my cleats back on and punish everybody in my way,’’ said Charles, who added that he felt so strong that he could play in a game today, if necessary. Charles, tight end Tony Moeaki and safety Eric Berry suffered a similar injury at about the same time last year and all are on the same recovery timetable. They are scheduled to be examined by team doctors June 18 and either cleared to participate at camp or not cleared.
2. Coach Romeo Crennel said tight end Martin Rucker would have knee surgery for his own torn ACL and would be placed on the injured reserve list, ending his season before it began. With Moeaki out and Jake OConnell also sidelined with a strained ligament in his thumb, the Chiefs are suddnely short at tight end. The only tight ends who practiced today were Kevin Boss, Steve Maneri and Tim Biere. “We might have to look to add another guy for training camp,’’ Crennel said.
3. The Chiefs worked out linebacker Brian Banks Tuesday but hadn't signed him. Crennel didn't say the Chiefs wouldn't eventually get Banks under contract but sounded like Banks has too many obstacles to overcome. He spent five years in jail on a rape conviction before being exonerated. “It went (well) considering that he hasn’t been playing football. But you can tell he has been working out. The football drills, he still remembers those things and the more workouts he can have with these different teams, the more it will come back to him.Not having played, that’s the biggest challenge. The level of competition and the skill of the guys he’s going against and then the way the game itself has changed itself, being a more wide-open game. You’ve got terminology issues you have to deal with, conditioning you have to deal with. All those things make it tougher for him to be able to come back and just jump right in and make a big impact.’’