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July 30, 2013

Andy Reid isn’t afraid of contact at Chiefs’ camp

The risk of losing key players to injury has steered many football coaches away from tackling and other heavy contact during training camp. Not Andy Reid.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

The risk of losing key players to injury has steered many football coaches away from tackling and other heavy contact during training camp. Not Andy Reid.

The Chiefs went through a practice Monday with tackling so prevalent that chairman Clark Hunt, at Missouri Western for the day, said, “it was more like watching a game than it was watching a practice.’’

That made the practice a bit more exciting than the normal for many observers, including Hunt.

“I will say there’s a few times out there where you hold your breath and you hope the back or the receiver, whoever gets tackled, you hope they pop up,’’ Hunt said. “Today it looked like we got through the practice fine without any additional injuries.’’

Hunt said he had no problem with the way Reid is running practice.

“It gets you ready to play football,’’ he said. “Here in a couple of weeks we’ll play preseason games and they’re going to tackle to the ground and I think from a conditioning standpoint it’s valuable and probably from an execution standpoint it’s also valuable.

“Our trainer pointed out to me that a lot of times injuries occur when one guy is going full (speed) and the other guy is going half. When you’ve got 11 on 11 with tackling, everybody is going full speed and it played out that way today and hopefully it will for the rest of camp.’’

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