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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 8: Maclin returns after brief injury scare

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin caught a pass in front of defensive back Aaron Hester on Tuesday at training camp.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin caught a pass in front of defensive back Aaron Hester on Tuesday at training camp.

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


The Chiefs wore pads for the second straight day. … Receiver Jeremy Maclin caused a bit of a stir when he reported to the injury tent during practice, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that Maclin just had a jammed thumb. He got his hand taped, returned to practice and immediately caught a pass in 11-on-11 (team) periods. … Maclin also caught three touchdown passes from Alex Smith during the red-zone team drill. … Smith also found Frankie Hammond and Knile Davis for touchdowns in that drill. ... Running back Charcandrick West continues to impress with his natural catching ability. He’s caught a ton of passes since practice began. … Maclin and Jason Avant have been the most consistent receivers since camp opened. Those two always create separation with their route running and savvy. … De’Anthony Thomas is going to be a tough cover as a receiver. His quickness is elite and his top-end speed is very good. He beat Marcus Peters — one of the top performers of camp — clean in one-on-ones on a go route Saturday and go behind him for a touchdown. … Some unofficial passing stats: Alex Smith completed 19 of 22 passes. Chase Daniel completed 15 of 17 while Aaron Murray completed seven of nine. … Thirteen of Smith’s completions were to backs or tight ends. Six of Daniel’s completions were to backs and tight ends.. … Eric Fisher’s improved strength shows up in one-on-one drills, as he’s done a better job handling the bull rush. He continues to refine his overall technique, however, especially when it comes to inside moves. … The Chiefs continue to switch up the offensive line on the first team, as Mitch Morse took over for Eric Kush at center, Zach Fulton took over for Jeff Allen at right guard and Allen took over for Donald Stephenson at right tackle. … Stephenson got some work in at left tackle with the second team, while Jarrod Pughsley moved over from left tackle to right tackle with that unit.


Outside linebacker Tamba Hali kicked off the team red-zone period with a would-be sack of Smith. He beat Fisher inside … Cornerback Marcus Cooper recorded a pass breakup with a diving deflection … In seven-on-seven, cornerbacks Phillip Gaines and Marcus Peters each recorded interceptions. … The winner of the day in one-on-one pass-rush drills was stout defensive end Allen Bailey, who flat-backed Ben Grubbs. That’s saying a lot, since Grubbs has been one of the Chiefs’ best linemen so far. … Bailey also flew past Paul Fanaika in one instance. … Fourth-year pro Jaye Howard continues to flash power and quickness. He beat Mitch Morse twice inside, once on a swim move. … Undrafted rookie defensive end David Irving had one of the best pass-rush moves of the day when he pulled past right tackle Jeff Allen and threw him to the ground … Undrafted rookie outside linebacker Sage Harold has a good burst off the edge and a knack for stringing together pass rush moves. He beat Fisher inside with the same move he did a few days ago.


Tight end Ryan Taylor (quad), defensive lineman Nick Williams (concussion), offensive lineman Garrett Frye (knee) and receiver Armon Binns (knee) all missed practice Saturday with their respective injuries. All except Binns could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

Receiver Jeret Smith missed his third straight practice with a hamstring injury. Receiver Junior Hemingway missed his fifth straight practice with a hip sprain. While Smith was present at practice, Hemingway was not.

Quarterback Tyler Bray (torn ACL) did not practice for the 10th 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 ninth 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 seventh straight time. Both are on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

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

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor breaks down Saturday's activity at the Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph.

The Chiefs' receivers and defensive backs go one-on-one in passing drills. From Saturday, Aug. 8. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Video by Terez Paylor. Roster can be found here:

The Chiefs' linemen go one-on-one in pass rush drills. From Friday, Aug. 7. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Video by Terez Paylor. Roster can be found here:


Practice begins at 8:15 a.m.


6,000 ― The number of fans who attended Family Fun Day on Saturday, making it the second-largest non-stadium turnout the Chiefs have had since they moved camp to St. Joseph.

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