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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 18: Defense dominates the day

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dezman Moses rushed around the block of Darrin Reaves on Monday.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dezman Moses rushed around the block of Darrin Reaves on Monday.

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

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez Paylor recaps the Chiefs' morning training camp practice on Monday at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.


The offense struggled to get much going. The quarterbacks were more inaccurate than normal and the defense generally controlled play. Starter Alex Smith threw two interceptions. … Running back Knile Davis had a bad drop on a short pass near the goal line. … Aaron Murray threw a nice touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Taylor near the goal line. … Chase Daniel continued his connection with receivers Frankie Hammond and Fred Williams, completing two passes to each. … Receiver Jeret Smith made an impressive diving catch on a slant route. … Running back Charcandrick West made an excellent one-handed catch on a swing route, then broke upfield, which made outside linebacker Frank Zombo — who was trying to make the tackle — fall to the ground. … The starting offensive line, from left to right: Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Donald Stephenson. When Fisher left with an ankle injury during the nine-on-seven running drill, Stephenson moved to the left side at tackle and Jarrod Pughsley played filled in at right tackle. The second-team line, from left to right: Pughsley, Paul Fanaika, Eric Kush, Zach Fulton and Derek Sherrod.


Cornerback Marcus Peters continues to stand out on short-to-intermediate routes. He does a nice job reading his keys. He had an interception off Alex Smith when he jumped a short pass intended for a receiver during the 11-on-11 period. … Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson grabbed Charcandrick West by the collar and stopped him short of the goal line during a drill. … Defensive end Allen Bailey and outside linebacker Dezman Moses had sacks. … Cornerbacks Deji Olatoye and Sean Smith and safety Daniel Sorensen each had a nice deflection in team periods. … Safety Husain Abdullah jumped a short route for a pick-six off Alex Smith. … Cornerback Steven Nelson almost had an interception of Chase Daniel. … With Josh Mauga out because of injuries, rookie Ramik Wilson got the start next to Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker. … With the team thin at inside linebacker, Frank Zombo got several reps there with James-Michael Johnson on the third team. Zombo also got some reps on the second team. … Eric Berry got some work with the first team in dime personnel. … Cornerback Aaron Hester got some work with the second team in the sub packages.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke about first-round draft pick Marcus Peters and the team's offensive line unit after practice on Monday in St. Joseph. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT


▪ Receiver Jeret Smith returned after missing seven straight practices because of a hamstring injury. Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson returned after missing 11 practices because of a calf strain.

▪ Running back Knile Davis practiced after suffering a knee injury in Saturday’s game.

▪ Inside linebacker Justin March (knee), receiver De’Anthony Thomas (calf) and right tackle Jeff Allen (MCL sprain) did not practice because of injuries sustained in Saturday’s game. Offensive tackle Tavon Rooks left practice with what Chiefs coach Andy Reid called “shortness of breath.” Safety Sanders Commings left practice because of ankle inflammation.

▪ Inside linebacker Josh Mauga (heel) did not practice. Inside linebacker D.J. Alexander did not practice because of a high ankle sprain. Defensive end Mike Catapano missed his second straight practice (groin). All three could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

▪ Offensive lineman Garrett Frye (knee) missed practice for the sixth straight day. He could be seen working out on the sideline.

▪ Receiver Junior Hemingway (hip sprain) missed his 10th straight practice. He was not present.

▪ Quarterback Tyler Bray (torn ACL) did not practice for the 15th 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 12th straight time. Both are on the PUP list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.


8:15 a.m.


13 ― Chiefs who missed/left practice on Monday because of injuries. You can tell camp is coming to a close when the injuries start piling up. Only two more days in St. Joseph remaining, by the way.

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