Kareem Hunt injury update: Chiefs are being cautious with star running back

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Kareem Hunt
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Kareem Hunt /

The Kansas City Chiefs are being careful with running back Kareem Hunt as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury suffered during OTAs.

Those watching closely at training camp have been curious about the status of star running back Kareem Hunt for the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s clear he’s present but he’s also not working out at a full capacity like the rest of his position group, and the Chiefs finally came out and explained his status from St. Joseph on Friday.

Hunt has reportedly been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered back in May during offseason training activities. The Chiefs are being cautious in their approach with Hunt. So far he’s participating individual drills, but if you’re on site in St. Joe and want to see team activities, you likely will see Hunt doing his own thing.

The Chiefs have a lot of sorting to do at running back given the influx of talent brought in by Brett Veach this offseason, but the single position that’s set there is atop the depth chart. Hunt isn’t going anywhere as the lead back after being only the sixth rookie in NFL history to lead the league in rushing yards (1,327), so the Chiefs have the luxury of looking at early September with Hunt in terms of readiness and not worrying about anything else for the next several weeks.

As for the rest of the depth chart, the Chiefs have plenty of sorting from among Damien Williams, Charcandrick West, Kerwynn Williams, Darrel Williams, and Spencer Ware—who returns from a season-ending injury.

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Hunt had 1,782 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns last season for the Chiefs.