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Chiefs’ Tamba Hali, Sean Smith return to practice

Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (left) returned to practice Thursday after a day off.
Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (left) returned to practice Thursday after a day off. deulitt@kcstar.com

Outside linebacker Tamba Hali and cornerback Sean Smith returned to practice Thursday after sitting out the previous day because of injury.

Hali, who has been battling a balky knee all season, was a full participant. Smith, who has a knee contusion, was a limited participant.

Defensive end Allen Bailey missed practice for the second straight day because of a calf injury.

Safety Tyvon Branch, who is dealing with foot and thigh injuries, missed practice Thursday after being a limited participant Wednesday.

Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson (ankle) was limited for the second straight day. Guard Ben Grubbs has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers because of a neck injury.

Chargers’ injuries

Tight end Antonio Gates (knee) and guard D.J. Fluker (illness) joined receiver Malcom Floyd (shoulder) and tight end Ladarius Green (ankle) as starters who missed practice Thursday. Both Gates and Fluker were limited participants on Wednesday, while Floyd and Green did not practice either day.

Starting guard Orlando Franklin (knee) was a full participant after being limited Wednesday.

Berry’s fundraisers

Carol Berry, the mother of Chiefs safety Eric Berry, hosted a meet and greet Thursday on the Country Club Plaza to help raise cancer awareness and money for her son’s nonprofit organization.

The event was held at St. John Boutique, but 10 percent of all sales through Sunday will go to the Eric Berry Foundation, which serves Kansas City, Atlanta and Knoxville, Tenn., and has hosted annual football camps, backpack giveaways and holiday events the last few years.

“(We’re trying) to get the word out about lymphoma, cancer,” Carol Berry said.

Eric Berry, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last November, conquered the illness in eight months. He returned to the team in time for the outset of camp and has played in all nine games, starting eight. He has also inspired people along the way, including cancer patients who attended training camp practices in St. Joseph to meet Berry.

Through Sunday, there will also be raffle items available at St. John, including jewelry, apparel, Chiefs tickets, signed items and an opportunity to drive a BMW for two months. Drawings will be Sunday evening.

The mission of the Eric Berry Foundation is to provide opportunities and a safe environment for children to participate in team sports and leadership development programs to encourage strength of body, mind and spirit.

Berry is also supporting Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Stock the Shoppe Toy Drive, which gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to choose toys for sick children in the hospital for no cost.

The drive runs through Dec. 2. For a list of drop off sites, visit http://eb29.com/online/toy-drive/.

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