Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 4: Daniel Sorensen stands out

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The highlights from Monday’s shortened practice in Chiefs camp in St. Joseph, along with an injury report.


The Chiefs were obviously gearing down after a physical few weeks at Missouri Western, so practice ended much earlier than normal. … Receiver Donnie Avery made a nice catch up the seam downfield from quarterback Alex Smith. … Ricky Henry, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, got a healthy number of reps with the first team at right guard instead of sixth-round rookie Zach Fulton. … receiver Kyle Williams caught a deep pass over the numbers with safety Husain Abdullah and cornerback Chris Owens on the coverage. … Frankie Hammond Jr. burned the defense for a long touchdown over the middle. It might have been a blown coverage — the closest player to him was safety Steve Gregory, who was several yards away.


Undrafted rookie safety Daniel Sorensen jumped a Tyler Bray pass intended for receiver Frankie Hammond and came away with the interception. … In 7-on-7, Sorensen struck again by knocking away a Chase Daniel pass intended for tight end Richard Gordon. … Sorensen capped his strong day by picking off another pass, this time from Daniel. … Cornerback Ron Parker lined up at safety and played some single-high coverage in one subpackage during team drills. … Linebacker James-Michael Johnson got some first-team work in the same subpackage, along with cornerback Sean Smith. … Abdullah did a nice job of ripping a pass out of the grasp of receiver Albert Wilson, who came free on a drag over the middle.


Running back Joe McKnight appeared in his first camp practice since organized team activities while he’s recovering from a knee injury. He likely won’t play in the exhibition opener against Cincinnati on Thursday.

“We ease him back into things,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I wouldn’t expect him out there for Thursday. I won’t do that to him.”

Defensive end Mike DeVito hurt his hand and had to leave practice early.

“We’re getting X-rays taken of his hand, and we’ll let you know what happens there,” Reid said.

Defensive end Mike Catapano also missed his sixth consecutive practice with an illness.

“Mike has a virus,” Reid said. “He’s sick, and it seems like he’s been gone a long time and it really has been. We’re trying to get the virus to run its course and get out of him. That’s where we’re at.”

Receivers Junior Hemingway and Mark Harrison remained out with hamstring issues; linebacker Dezman Moses (elbow), defensive tackle Kyle Love (ankle) were also out.

Center Eric Kush was excused for the second straight day of practice.

Linebacker Joe Mays (knee) returned after sitting out Sunday’s practice, which was held indoors on the artificial turf.

Defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo and receiver A.J. Jenkins also returned to practice after battling hamstring issues.


The Chiefs have Tuesday off and will hold a closed walkthrough on Wednesday to prepare for Thursday’s exhibition opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.


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