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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 5: Eric Berry’s interception draws applause

Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry intercepted a pass during training camp practice Wednesday morning at Missouri Western in St. Joseph.
Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry intercepted a pass during training camp practice Wednesday morning at Missouri Western in St. Joseph.

The highlights from Wednesday’s day in Chiefs camp, along with an injury report and Thursday’s schedule.

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor recapped the team’s daily practice


The Chiefs only wore shells Wednesday after two padded practices, so the intensity wasn’t the same as the previous two days. … Quarterback Alex Smith unofficially completed 15 of 18 passes during this shorter, light practice. One of his incompletions was a drop on a drag route by De’Anthony Thomas. Another was a pass that was too high for Jeremy Maclin to snag. … Smith and Maclin hooked up plenty, however, clicking for four catches. … Smith also connected with Albert Wilson four times, including once on a deep route. … The starting offensive line consisted of Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Eric Kush, Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson, from left to right. … The Chiefs did mix in Mitch Morse at center, Zach Fulton at right guard and Allen at right tackle on the first team, however. … Fulton also got some work in at scout-team center.


The play of the day goes to safety Eric Berry, whose diving interception off a deflection over the middle drew an extended amount of applause. … Berry rotated in with the first-team defense at one point during the team sessions. … Cornerback Marcus Peters started the team period with the base defense alongside Sean Smith. Phillip Gaines had previously held that position, but he just returned to practice to Wednesday after battling knee issues. … Defensive end Nick Williams, safety Daniel Sorensen and cornerback Jamell Fleming also rotated in with the first-team defense. … Sorensen had a really nice deflection downfield on a pass intended for tight end Adam Schiltz. … Inside linebacker Josh Mauga picked off a short pass over the middle. … Cornerback Sean Smith deflected a pass he apparently thought he should have intercepted because afterward, he dropped down and did some pushups.


Cornerback Phillip Gaines returned to practice after missing the previous two with a knee injury. Defensive end David Irving returned after missing three straight practices with lower back spasms.

Receiver Jeret Smith missed practice after suffering a hamstring injury Tuesday. Receiver Armon Binns, who left practice Tuesday with an ankle injury, also missed practice.

Receiver Junior Hemingway missed his third straight practice with a hip sprain.

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

Receiver Chris Conley (knee strain) did not practice for the eighth straight day, but he could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

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 PUP list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

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


No practice.


395 — The total number of pounds of barbecue that Zarda Bar-B-Q brought to St. Joe on Wednesday to feed the Chiefs. This marks the 27th straight year Zarda’s has fed the Chiefs during camp.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489. Follow him on Twitter @TerezPaylor and download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices by clicking here.

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