Second-year tight end Demetrius Harris missed practice Tuesday while recovering from additional foot surgery, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.
Harris played in eight games last season as the Chiefs’ third tight end before he fractured his foot during pregame warmups before the Chiefs’ 17-13 win over Buffalo in November.
Reid said Harris recently underwent additional foot surgery to fix a lingering problem.
“The natural grafting that naturally takes place when you put a screw in there didn’t take place, so they went in, they grafted it and represented a screw in the bones there. So we’ll see how he does.”
Reid said the team is optimistic Harris, 23, will return in time for training camp. Harris, a former basketball player at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, caught three passes for 20 yards last year.
“We knew there was a possibility of this happening,” Reid said. “They want to try it without the graft initially, but we feel pretty good that he’s going to be OK.”
With Harris’ absence, rookie James O’Shaughnessy, veteran Richard Gordon, Adam Schiltz and Ryan Taylor will be vying for playing time in organized team activities behind starter Travis Kelce.
▪ Safety Daniel Sorensen was not at practice Tuesday because his wife is having a baby.
▪ Reid said defensive end Allen Bailey and safety Husain Abdullah were not at practice because of travel problems.
▪ Guard Jarrod Pughsley did not practice Tuesday because of a hamstring sprain he suffered last week. “It doesn’t look like it’s too bad, so I’m sure he’ll be back out (here),” Reid said.