Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito May Be Ready For OTAs


Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito appear to be healing well from their achilles injuries, and may be ready for the start of OTA’s according to Andy Reid.

Reid told reporters he thinks Johnson and DeVito could be ready to participate in on-field drills once phase three of the offseason training actives start on May 25. The first two phases are mostly conditioning based and do not feature on-field work so by the time May 25 rolls around both DeVito and Johnson will be a little more than eight months removed from their injuries.

Here’s what Reid told reporters via Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

"“I think they will be,” Reid said. “We’ll just see how things roll there. You remember phase one, if you’re considering that, that’s really just conditioning — that’s not something where you’re on the field.“Phase two you’re still conditioning, you’re in the class. Phase three, now you’re out there and that doesn’t happen until later on so you buy a couple of months there. I think most likely they will be.”“They’ve been working out together here rehabbing and they’ve been challenging each other like crazy, which is a neat thing to see go on,” Reid said."

Typical recovery time for an achilles injury is one year so there’s still a significant chance both DeVito and Johnson start the year on the PUP list or are not full up to speed when the season starts next September. But at least the initial reports are encouraging when it comes to their health.

There’s a chance the Chiefs could part ways with either one or both of them in order to add some much needed cap space. DeVito has a $5.4 million cap hit while Johnson takes up $5.2 million in space. Both are in the final year of their contract.

Should the Chiefs cut either of them then they’ll have to find a way to replace their production against the run. Kansas City ranked 28th in NFL against the run last season in large part because of the injuries to Johnson and DeVito. It’s one of several tough decisions John Dorsey is going to have to make this offseason.