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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 12: Aaron Murray makes three big-time throws

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

THE OFFENSE

In 11-on-11 team drills, Jeremy Maclin made an outstanding catch, hauling in a pass thrown behind him, over the middle on a dig route. … Aaron Murray made three big-time throws Wednesday. The first came in seven-on-seven, when he threw a gorgeous, over-the-shoulder fade to Da’Ron Brown down the right sideline for a big gain. The last came in team drills, when he threw a picture-perfect deep post route to Brown over the middle for a touchdown. … Murray also connected with former Missouri receiver L’Damian Washington on a deep route down the left side. Washington laid out to haul it in. … Murray continues to look good on boot plays. He has a real feel for those. … In pass-rush one-on-ones, Zach Fulton flashed good effort finishing blocks. Tackle Donald Stephenson flashed some of that, too. … Center Mitch Morse showed good anchor strength against Charles Tuaau’s bull rush. ... Some depth chart news: With Albert Wilson out, Frankie Hammond got the first-team reps at receiver alongside Jeremy Maclin. … The starting offensive line for the fifth straight day looked like this, from left-to-right: Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Mitch Morse, Zach Fulton, Jeff Allen.

THE DEFENSE

In seven-on-seven drills, safety Eric Berry made the play of practice when he hauled in a tipped pass and ran it back for a pick-six. The pass was intended for Jeremy Maclin. … Safety Tyvon Branch recorded an interception when he hauled in a tipped pass intended for Charcandrick West. … Defensive end David Irving had an outstanding pass rush against Tavon Rooks in one-on-one drills, flat backing him with a bull rush. … Some depth chart news: Defensive end Vaughn Martin caught Eric Fisher lunging and beat him badly inside with speed. … With Josh Mauga sitting out, fourth-round rookie linebacker Ramie Wilson started out with the first team at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson. Undrafted rookie Justin March rotated in next to Johnson, too.

INJURY REPORT

▪ Inside linebacker Josh Mauga left practice because of a heel injury. He could be seen rehabbing on the sideline. Inside linebacker D.J. Alexander left practice because of a high ankle sprain.

▪ Defensive end Mike Catapano missed practice because of a groin injury. Offensive guard Marcus Reed returned to practice after leaving Tuesday’s practice because of a right ankle injury. Receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice after missing two because of a neck spasm.

▪ Receiver Albert Wilson missed practice for the second straight day because of a throat illness. Outside linebacker Dee Ford missed practice for the fourth straight day because of a concussion.

▪ Defensive lineman Nick Williams (concussion) and offensive lineman Garrett Frye (knee) all missed practice for the fifth straight day. Both could be seen working out in the injury tent.

▪ Receiver Jeret Smith missed his seventh straight practice with a hamstring injury. Receiver Junior Hemingway missed his ninth 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 14th straight day. He is on the non-football injury list but again observed practice from the side.

▪ Nose tackle Dontari Poe (recovering from back surgery) and tight end Demetrius Harris (recovering from foot surgery) each missed practice for the 11th straight time. Both are on the PUP list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

▪ Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson missed his 11th straight practice because of a calf strain. He remains on the physically unable to perform list.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

No practice. The Chiefs resume practice in St. Joseph on Monday.

THE NUMBER

22 ― The number of rookies currently on the Chiefs’ 90-man roster, many of whom will get their first legitimate opportunity to make an impression on the coaching staff on Saturday, when the Chiefs face the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz (8 p.m. on KCTV, Ch. 5).

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