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Observations from today's Chiefs practice

Some notable developments from today's Chiefs practice:

1. Guard Jeff Allen, the Chiefs' second-round draft pick, did not practice. He observed while wearing a walking boot. Coach Romeo Crennel said Allen has an ankle injury and the presence of the boot usually means a high ankle sprain. Crennel did not say this but a high ankle sprain would probably mean Allen is finished for the off-season practices. The Chiefs' last practice is June 15 and a 300-pound-plus player like Allen probably wouldn't be able to get back to work after such an injury in such a short span of time. Two other draft picks, fifth-round defensive back DeQuan Menzie and sixth-round running back Cyrus Gray, also did not practice. Each has a hamstring injury. Another new addition to the injury list was defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua (calf). Undrafted rookie Ethan Johnson, a defensive lineman, was excused from practice for personal reasons.

2. The Chiefs worked mostly on the passing game in team portions of practice but it's still noteworthy that nose tackle Dontari Poe got more work with the starters. That would seem to indicate the Chiefs believe Poe can have more of an immediate impact as a pass rusher than a run defender.

3. Dexter McCluster got more work as the slot receiver than he did in Monday's practice. McCluster was with the starters in place of Jake O'Connell, who for now is working as the second tight end.

4. Third-round draft pick Donald Stephenson of Blue Springs was temporarily tossed out of the lineup for jumping the snap count on one play.