Kareem Hunt, Byron Pringle sit out practice for Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6:Running back Kareem Hunt
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6:Running back Kareem Hunt /

The Kansas City Chiefs were down a couple new players on Thursday during OTAs, including their star running back Kareem Hunt.

As offseason training activities continue for the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, a couple new names were missing due to injuries, including one of the team’s brightest young stars. Second-year running back Kareem Hunt and rookie wide receiver Byron Pringle were both missing from practice from the Chiefs.

Hunt sat out on Thursday due to a hamstring strain while Pringle sat due to a calf strain. Both injuries shouldn’t turn into anything major, but they do warrant enough attention and rest to sit out.

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For Hunt, it will be important to stay healthy and ready for the regular season opener, so it would make sense for the Chiefs to be quite generous and careful in their approach with the strain so that it’s nothing that lingers or gets worse. Hunt proved himself last season as a capable workhorse back and given Patrick Mahomes first-year status as the new starting quarterback, the Chiefs will be depending on Hunt to relieve as much pressure there as possible.

As for Pringle, he will need to be healthy as soon as possible given that every practice is another chance for him to showcase all of his talents before the Chiefs must make some very difficult roster decisions. Pringle is fighting for an active roster spot or even a practice squad slot alongside some tough competition from Marcus Kemp, Gehrig Dieter, Daniel Braverman and more.

Other players sitting out Thursday were three other Chiefs who have been missing practice already due to recovery from their long-term injuries, including center Mitch Morse, returner/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and running back Spencer Ware.