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Big day approaching for injured Chiefs

Some news from today's Chiefs practice:

1. Running back Jamaal Charles, tight end Tony Moeaki and safety Eric Berry all suffered similar injuries, torn knee ligaments, near the start of last season and now all could soon be cleared to play. Coach Romeo Crennel said they would be examined by doctors on June 18 and cleared to participate in training camp, if all goes well. None have participated in off-season practices and instead are working mostly off the side with a strength coach.

2. The news for injured tight end Martin Rucker of St. Joseph and Missouri is not good. Rucker is facing the likelihood of surgery for a torn ACL. He was injured in practice last week.

3. Most of full-team drills were spent with the offense working inside the opposing 20-yard line. The Chiefs were last in the NFL in scoring-zone offense last year, getting a touchdown just 33 percent of the time. Each of the three veteran quarterbacks, Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, threw a touchdown pass during the drill.

4. Two draft picks, second-round guard Jeff Allen and sixth-round running back Cyrus Gray, returned to practice after they missed time with injuries. Allen had a ankle injury, Gray a sore hamstring.