Two days after the Kansas City Chiefs 17-13 preseason loss to the New Orleans Saints on Friday, the team’s first-round draft choice, right tackle Eric Fisher, sat out practice in training camp Sunday due to injuries to his left thumb and right shoulder.
Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid, didn’t sound too worried after practice when talking to reporters. “It’s a bruise in there,” Reid said. “He didn’t complain about it during the game, he didn’t complain about it after the game. It showed up (Saturday). He can’t quite get the motion that he needs.
“It’s not structural, it’s a muscle bruise. We’ll get it settled down. It’s day by day. I think he’ll be all right.”
You can start to breathe again, Chiefs fans ….
On an even more positive note, second-year offensive tackle, Donald Stephenson, returned to practice Sunday after missing all last week recovering from surgery on his left pinky finger. Stephenson, who also didn’t play in the Saints game, took over for Fisher at right tackle with the first-string.
Judging by how inconsistently the back-ups played across the board Friday night, emphasis in practice Sunday was speed. The pace of practice was quicker than at any time during Reid’s training camp so far – and about 1,000 times quicker than anything that has happened in camp for the past five years.
The defense, especially, seemed to be everywhere and making plays all over the practice field Sunday. Two players that stood out were defensive backs Jalil Brown and Husain Abdullah, who broke up several passes.
New CB Dunta Robinson said that the defense’s mentality is the same no matter if they are in practice, preseason games, or regular season games.
“We try to win every day,” Robinson said.
“Fly around, trust the man next to you and get to the football … that’s what can allow us to be an elite defense.”
If you want to catch the Chiefs at training camp, you will only have three more chances. The team will practice Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 8:15 in the morning in St. Joe before breaking camp for good after Wednesday’s workout.
The Chiefs will host the San Francisco 49ers at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Arrowhead for their second preseason game.
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