A.J. Jenkins returned to practice today after dealing with hamstring issues. One would think his return on the final practice before the Chiefs preseason game against Cincinnati would mean he will play on Thursday unless there is some kind of setback.
Jenkins is in a tight race for the remaining wide receiver spots on the roster. Kyle Williams and Albert Wilson have each turned heads in camp, while Mark Harrison and Junior Hemingway have also made impressions when they have been on the field. Add Weston Dressler and Frankie Hammond to the list and the receiver position is getting very full. Thursday is going to be a key separator day for the group, and actually being on the field will be key.
Speaking of Hemingway, he’s out again today with a hamstring issue. Not good news for his chances of making the roster though one would think he’ll make it through the first round of cuts.
The same may not be said for Mark Harrison, who is also missing practice today with a bad hamstring. He needs to get back on the field as soon as possible if he wants to earn a roster spot. And he has a good shot to earn a roster spot too as his been very good when he’s been on the field.
Joe McKnight, who has missed all of training camp with a knee problem, returned to practice today and is full pads. His return to practice means he is off the PUP list, which would mean he would have to suffer another injury if the Chiefs wanted to hide him on the roster until week six. There is a chance McKnight could make the team as the third running back if the Chiefs decide to list De’Anthony Thomas as a wide receiver, but those odds seem long given the way Cyrus Gray has performed and Thomas’ continued presence at running back.
Joe Mays is also practicing today. Dezman Moses and and Kyle Love are out with elbow and ankle injuries respectively. Mike Catapano is still sick. Eric Kush missed yesterday’s practice due to the birth of his son and has not yet returned.
Finally, in non-injury news, Steve Gregory has changed his number from 47 to 27 after the release of David Van Dyke yesterday.