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Chiefs’ Phillip Gaines works his way back slowly; Chris Jones garners praise

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines

Cornerback Phillip Gaines was on the inactive list for Saturday’s game, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said it was a precaution for the player who sat out most of last season because of a torn ACL.

Gaines has been practicing, although he’s been working his way back slowly, and there is no guarantee that he’ll suit up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams in Los Angeles.

“We’ll see how he does this week, how he feels in practice this week,” Reid said. “I wanted to make sure with his leg that he has confidence in it. So let’s see how he does this week and go from there.”

Steven Nelson got the start at cornerback opposite Marcus Peters and got off to a tough start before rallying.

Nelson’s 43 snaps were the most of any defensive player.

“We tried to give Steve a healthy look,” Reid said. “I saw some good things there. I thought he competed his tail off. He started a little slow then came around.”

Praise for Chiefs rookie Chris Jones

Reid was bullish on the play of rookie defensive end Chris Jones, who got work with the second team on Saturday in a preseason loss to Seattle. Jones recorded a couple of tackles in his 28 snaps.

“I thought he did some really good things,” Reid said. “He got off the ball, made plays all over the place. He was able to reach out and grab people.”

Jones was the Chiefs’ second-round draft selection but the first player taken because the Chiefs didn’t have a first-round pick.

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