Mini-Camp Practice #1 – 6/12

From the Truman Sports Complex

Everything about the first practice of Chiefs mandatory team mini-camp felt like just another OTA session, save one factor – the intensity level was up a few notches.

Restricted by league rules and the new labor agreement, physical contact is not allowed in these sessions. Through the OTAs the Chiefs players and coaches did a good job of keeping under control the physicality that naturally comes from playing football under control.

And there were no serious collisions in Monday’s practice. But there were collisions and there were more players ending up on the ground. For the majority of the Chiefs who are wrapping up their off-season preparation with this mini-camp, there was just a dash more intensity.

“You could feel it was a little bit different,” RB/WR Dexter McCluster said. “It was one of those days where guys had to work harder at holding back. Everybody was getting after it.”

Everybody save three – WR Dwayne Bowe, SS Eric Berry and TE Martin Rucker. Of the 90 players on the roster that trio was the only ones missing from the field. Bowe was not around because of his contract situation; he does not have one and thus was not required to attend. Still rehabbing his knee injury, Berry was missing due to a family situation. Rucker was off the field because of the knee injury he suffered two weeks ago that is likely to require surgery.

New to the injury report was 4th-round draft choice WR Devon Wylie, who pulled a hamstring late last week and spent Tuesday in the rehab area. Wylie joined the regular group of rehabbing players – TE Tony Moeaki, RB Jamaal Charles, FS Kendrick Lewis and OL Rob Bruggeman.

One guy who got the go ahead for limited practice was LB Brandon Siler. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon in pre-season last year and missed the entire season. Tuesday, he was allowed to wear his helmet and take part in position drills.

More on practice coming later today.

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