Chiefs’ Andy Reid optimistic on injury front as training camp nears

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid addresses the media ahead of the team’s training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., on July 22, 2018. (Photo by Matt Derrick, ChiefsDigest.com)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo.

— Coaches, quarterbacks, rookies and select veterans reported to training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and the arrival brought good news from coach Andy Reid on the team’s injury front.

Reid said only WR De’Anthony Thomas and CB Ashton Lampkin expected to start training camp on the sidelines. That means that C Mitch Morse, LB Dee Ford and RB Spencer Ware among others expect to be ready for duty on at least a limited basis.

“All those guys, everybody else is good,” Reid said. “Again I just want to see on the field and we’ll kind of monitor as it goes but, yeah, they all should be ready to go.”

Morse, Ford and Ware all ended last year on season-ending injured reserve and did not participate in team periods during offseason practices open to the media. Ford and Ware participated in some individual drills. S Eric Berry and WR Chris Conley, both returning from Achilles injuries last season, both took part in offseason workouts and appear ready to go as well.

The good-to-go list also presumably includes RB Kareem Hunt, who sat out the team’s mandatory minicamp with a hamstring injury.

Thomas remains on the mend from a broken leg suffered in Week 17 versus the Denver Broncos. Lampkin, an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State, spent all of last season on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL during last year’s training camp.

Reid said Thomas and Lampkin would be evaluated further by Rick Burkholder, the team’s vice president of sports medicine and performance.

“De’Anthony has made great progress but we just got to see how that goes,” Reid said. “And Lampkin the same way. They’re both right on the edge there.”

The team expects to deliver a more in-depth injury report on the full roster when veterans report to camp on Wednesday afternoon.

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