The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping that the injury bug that bit them early and often in 2011 will leave them alone in 2012.
Now into the first week of OTA practices, the Chiefs are battling through some early minor injuries.
Second-round draft pick OL Jeff Allen wore a walking boot on his left leg after injuring his ankle in Monday’s opening OTA session. The 44th overall pick in this year’s draft started 47 consecutive games at left tackle for the University of Illinois and was working behind veteran Ryan Lilja at left guard earlier this week.
Also injured during Monday’s OTA session was sixth-round draft pick RB Cyrus Gray. His hamstring injury left the Chiefs thin at running back with Jamaal Charles continuing to rest his surgically-repaired left knee. Peyton Hillis served as the starter with Shaun Draughn running behind.
With fifth-round draft pick De’Quan Menzie also nursing a hamstring injury, the Chiefs were missing a good bulk of their 2012 draft class.
I imagine these kinds of minor injuries are common around the league. Guys have had some time off and are now starting to work their way back into NFL shape. There are likely to be some strains, pulls and sprains along the way.
Hopefully the Chiefs will avoid a repeat of 2011 and all their injuries will remain minor.
Or better yet, nonexistent.