From the Truman Sports Complex
Three key players were missing from OTA No. 6 at the Chiefs facility on Friday. After going the first five sessions with near perfect attendance, missing Friday’s workout were LT Branden Albert, WR Jonathan Baldwin and K Ryan Succop. They also lost another player to injury during the workout, when TE Martin Rucker suffered a problem with his right knee.
Head coach Romeo Crennel said Albert was dealing with a “personal issue”, Baldwin was “ill” and Succop was at the facility earlier in the day, but left to attend “his sister’s wedding.”
With a shrunken window to hold off-season workouts thanks to the new labor agreement, every missed opportunity is one that’s impossible to replace. But Crennel did not indicate the absences were a problem for him. “This is voluntary and if they have other situations, then now is the time to take care of those, as compared to being in the season,” Crennel said. “They’ve been here and we know where they are, so it’s not a big deal.”
Rucker suffered a right knee injury during a passing play. It appeared he may have knocked knees with a defensive back. The Mizzou product was in a lot of pain at first, and once he got to his feet it appeared he was going to have to be helped off the field. But he eventually put weight on the right leg and walked off under his own power. It had the look of a serious injury.
Crennel had no further information after the 90-minute practice and the players were excused for the weekend. With those missing and the previous injured list, the coaches had 74 of the 88 players on the roster available to them. Joining the three no shows was WR Dwayne Bowe, sitting out because of his franchise player designee. Rucker joined the previously injured players: RB Jamaal Charles, RB Cyrus Gray, TE Tony Moeaki, OL Jeff Allen, OL Rob Bruggeman, LB Brandon Siler, SS Eric Berry, FS Kendrick Lewis, DB De’Quan Menzie and DE Ropati Pitoitua.