From the Truman Sports Complex
Thank goodness for the Chiefs defense that it’s just early June. If there was a game to be played this coming weekend, they might have a problem. Two Pro Bowl starters were out of action on Tuesday during the team’s fourth OTA session held at the team’s facility.
Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson was on the field but he did not participate in the two-hour practice because of some swelling on his knee. Coming off last season’s ruptured Achilles tendon that kept him out for 15 games Johnson worked with no restrictions last week.
Nose tackle Dontari Poe left the field very early in the practice with what the Chiefs called a back issue. He was walked off by three members of the training staff. That’s never a good sign at any point and it was surprising because Poe has been the rock inside the Chiefs defense since he was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid did not speak to the media after practice so there was no indication of how serious either of the problems were with Johnson and Poe. As always the test will be how soon either one gets back in the No. 1 unit.
Also off the field were quarterback Tyler Bray (knee), cornerbacks Steven Nelson and Marcus Peters (NFL rules), safety Eric Berry (lymphoma), running back Cyrus Gray (knee), running back Keshawn Hill (hamstring), linebacker Justin Houston (without contract) and tight end Demetrius Harris (foot). Offensive lineman Jarrod Pughsley returned to practice after missing last week with a hamstring injury.