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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 2: Defense bounces back

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith passed during during the team's training camp practice afternoon at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith passed during during the team's training camp practice afternoon at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. deulitt@kcstar.com

Highlights from Sunday’s day in Chiefs camp, along with an injury report and Monday’s schedule.

THE OFFENSE

After a solid showing of efficiency on Saturday, the Chiefs’ passing offense was decidedly less so on Sunday, as quarterback Alex Smith logged a few more incompletions in team and 7-on-7 drills. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is not concerned, however. “It’s the second day, and you’ve got to take (into consideration) everything we’ve done with the conditioning test and a hot afternoon practice and coming back out here, too,” Pederson said … one of the offensive bright spots was second-year pro Albert Wilson, who beat top corner Sean Smith on a vertical route and hauled in a gorgeous ball from Alex Smith … one of the nicest plays of the day was made by rookie receiver Jeret Smith, who elevated to haul in a contested jump ball down the right sideline from Aaron Murray … the Chiefs’ second-team offensive tackles were Jarrod Pughsley on the left side and Derek Sherrod on the right side. Pughsley’s switch to left tackle — where he also lined up Saturday — is interesting because he’s listed as a guard on the Chiefs’ roster.

THE DEFENSE

After spending the first full-squad practice with the second team, safety Eric Berry got some work with the first-string nickel unit, which features Sean Smith and Marcus Peters on the outside at corner and Phillip Gaines on the inside. Safety Husain Abdullah got work at linebacker in that formation, with Ron Parker flanking Berry at safety … undrafted rookie Justin March got some work at second-team inside linebacker next to fourth-round rookie Ramik Wilson, and March drew some “whoos” from the crowd when he jumped a short route over the middle and dove to haul in the interception … March’s pick was the defensive play of the day, but Parker was close. He hauled in an interception for the second straight day, this time via a deflection on a short route that cornerback Sean Smith couldn’t haul in. Smith dropped to the ground and cranked out pushups afterward to punish himself … Abdullah also had a nice play where he jumped an out route near the sideline to record a deflection …

INJURY REPORT

Receiver Junior Hemingway left practice with a back injury. Defensive end David Irving missed practice with a back injury.

Nose tackle Dontari Poe (recovering from back surgery) and tight end Demetrius Harris (recovering from foot surgery) each missed practice for the fifth straight day. Both are on the physically unable to perform list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

Quarterback Tyler Bray (torn ACL) did not practice for the fifth straight day. He is on the non-football injury list but observed practice from the side.

Receiver Chris Conley (knee strain) did not practice for the fourth straight day.

Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson missed his second straight practice with a calf strain. He remains on the physically unable to perform list.

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE

Practice at 8:15 a.m.

THE NUMBER

8,000 — The number of fans who attended Chiefs’ training camp this weekend.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @TerezPaylor. Tap here to download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices.

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