Chiefs training camp has played to mostly positive reviews, but it should be remembered several roles are being performed by understudies.
Safety Eric Berry hasn’t appeared at Missouri Western after he and the Chiefs were unable to come to terms on a long-term contract agreement. Running back Jamaal Charles and outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are recovering from injuries, with Houston’s torn ACL the most damaging.
But general manager John Dorsey remained upbeat about all of them. Dorsey believes Berry, Charles and Hali will back in uniform for the season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 11 at Arrowhead Stadium. But not Houston.
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On Berry, who has not signed his one-year franchise tender: “At some juncture during this course he’ll show up here. I haven’t talked to Eric one-on-one about when he’s going to show up. Being a prideful professional that he is, I think he will show up at the appropriate time.”
On Hali: “He’s making steady strides. He’s begun to do the linebacker movement drills. I would foresee in the next couple of weeks him coming out there and participating in practice.”
On Charles: “Jamaal is ahead of schedule … and I would say in the next couple of weeks he’ll be ready to suit up in pads.”
On Houston: “It’s one of those situations as I look at it, I think you assess where he is in the next couple of weeks and we can get a more accurate feel for where he is and where that target date would be. I don’t think you want to throw an arbitrary date out there. I think you want to watch him move and get the feedback from the medical experts and trainers.”
Is there a chance Houston, who was diagnosed with a torn ligament in March and given a six-to-12 month window to return, will miss the entire season?
“Who knows?” Dorsey said. “You give me a couple of weeks and I can give you a more definitive answer.”