The Kansas City Chiefs don’t appear to have any serious injuries, but the little ones are beginning to mount. On Tuesday, the team took the field for the first practice of their third and final OTA session. However, they were missing nose tackle Dontari Poe and wide receiver Albert Wilson, who are nursing back and hamstring injuries, respectively.
Unfortunately, rookie cornerback DeVante Bausby also left practice early with a shoulder injury, according to B.J. Kissel of KCChiefs.com. The details of it are not known at this time. Bausby is competing for one of the final roster spots with some of the most veteran players on the team. Sean Smith and Phillip Gaines are a given to make the roster, along with rookies Steven Nelson and first-round pick Marcus Peters. Bausby will be fighting it out with Marcus Cooper and Jamell Fleming, both of whom have a history with the coaching staff.
Additionally, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson went through warm-ups but then sat out the rest of the practice. It makes sense to give Johnson all the time off that he needs after watching him tear his Achilles in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans last year. Johnson’s presence completely changes the run defense, something that was a complete sieve in 2014.
Kansas City has two more OTA practices coming on Wednesday and Thursday before finishing up with a mandatory minicamp next week. After that, the team won’t be hitting the field again until training camp in late July. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that these injuries are the worst of it, something head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey would be thrilled with.
It’s a tough time of year for many teams in regards to injuries. Just ask the Denver Broncos, who had the displeasure of seeing left tackle Ryan Clady tear his ACL.