Spencer Ware, Mitch Morse, De’Anthony Thomas held out of Chiefs practice

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16: Mitch Morse
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16: Mitch Morse /

The Kansas City Chiefs were without three players during Thursday’s round of offseason team activities, including center Mitch Morse.

Three members of the Kansas City Chiefs offense were missing during Thursday’s practice for another day of OTAs, but head coach Andy Reid made it clear that the absences are part of the overall plan to heal up long-term for each, rather than signalling any new injury.

Starting center Mitch Morse, returner/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and running back Spencer Ware were all held out of Thursday’s action. In his remarks to reporters, Reid explained that none of the three players were yet healthy enough to participate at this level, so each is being held back until such a time.

"“They’re all coming off surgeries and they’re doing well, but right now they’re not going to practice during this period.”"

That’s good news for a team that looks quite healthy overall, including the return of Eric Berry to the practice field. Morse is still recovering from a season marred by a foot injury, and was just allowed to walk for “the first time in six weeks” back in late January.

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Thomas was re-signed earlier this offseason to a new one-year deal, a nice gesture (and hopefully more) for a tough player who is appreciated in several facets of the game, especially special teams. Thomas suffered a broken leg late in the season against the Denver Broncos.

Ware is returning from a season-ending knee injury suffered during last preseason, which gave way for Kareem Hunt’s incredible rookie season. It will be interesting to see how Ware factors into the team’s offense as the position has become quite crowded with Charcandrick West and the Williams trio—Kerwynn Williams, Darrel Williams and Damien Williams.