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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writers Randy Covitz and Terez Paylor

Chiefs running back Joe McKnight and cornerback David Van Dyke still recovering from injuries

07/20/2014 7:52 PM

07/20/2014 8:00 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said running back Joe McKnight had his knee scoped during the monthlong break between organized team activities and training camp, but is on the verge of being healthy enough to practice this week.

“He’s made great progress and wants to be out there and he’s pretty close,” Reid said. “So we’ll see how that all works out.”

McKnight, a fourth-year pro, is competing with Cyrus Gray to be the No. 3 running back. He is also in the race to be the starting kick returner. He missed the final practice of OTAs due to swelling in the knee.

Reid also added that rookie cornerback David Van Dyke, who missed parts of organized team activities with a hamstring injury, is still recovering.

Van Dyke is a converted free safety with athleticism who is probably battling for a spot on the practice squad.

“He’s coming back from that,” Reid said. “We are just kind of easing him into this thing, so we are seeing where he’s at right now. He might be a bit of a question mark.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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