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Heat affects KC Chiefs LB rookie Leo Chenal in training camp

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jul 23, 2022

Conditions were hot and humid Saturday as Chiefs rookie linebacker Leo Chenal underwent his first training camp workout at Missouri Western State University.

It didn’t end well for the Wisconsin native.

During the 7-on-7 red zone drills midway through practice, Chenal appeared to be affected by the heat and had to leave the field. The linebacker received attention from a team coach, who draped a wet towel over Chenal’s head, before leaving the field and driving to the practice facility in the passenger seat of a wagon.

“The heat got to him a bit today, so we got him out of there,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said after practice.

The Chiefs trained for just under two hours under a heat advisory, and temperatures hovered in the 80s, with the heat index looking like it was in the mid to 90s, even the morning.

For the average person, a heat advisory requires plenty of fluids, protection from the sun, and seeking shelter in an air-conditioned room. Aside from fluid intake, however, Chenal and other NFL players attending training camps don’t have the luxury of the latter two answers.

For rookie running back Isiah Pacheco, training in hot, humid conditions in his hometown before reporting to training camp has helped the acclimatization process.

“Training in South (New) Jersey, it’s really hot out there right now, in the 100s,” Pacheco said. “So taking advantage of the heat to train at home to prepare for camp is something that I took advantage of.”

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Kansas City leader running back Isiah Pacheco is driven out to a golf course after practicing at WMSU leaders training camp in St. Joseph on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Emily Curiel ecuriel@kcstar.com

Nonetheless, conditions in St. Joe on Saturday offered something of a warning and a glimpse of what was to come – as August and the rest of training camp will only bring more hot weather.

Knowing what lies ahead, Reid had a simple message for his players.

“We just keep an eye on them, and they need to stay hydrated,” he said. “We’re going to keep slowing down for them.”

PARTICIPATION REPORT

The Chiefs only have their quarterbacks, rookies and select other players on the practice field this weekend. The rest of the veterans report to camp on Monday.

Thirty players participated in Saturday’s practice, broken down as follows: four quarterbacks, three running backs, three wide receivers, three tight ends, four offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, three linebackers and eight defensive backs .

Tackler Lucas Niang (knee), cornerback Rashad Fenton (shoulder), offensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho (leg) and rookie Kehinde Oginni Hassan (blood test) did not practice.

Niang, Fenton and Tega Wanogho worked off to the side near the rehabilitation tent, while Hassan stood close to the pitch and watched.

COMMENTS

With no fans still present (fans are welcome from mid-week onwards), the Chiefs’ media rules reflect what was in place during OTAs: no reporting on staff groupings (first-team units , second or third team), specific formations / alignments, trick plays or situation plays.

However, general comments about head-turning games and notable games are allowed, such as:

  • Tight end Jody Fortson made up for a lost pass in 7-on-7 drills by scoring three touchdowns in red zone drills, including back-to-back catches from quarterback Patrick Mahomes. On the second touchdown, Fortson lost his helmet in a goal-line collision, but he fought the contact to grab hold of the end zone.
  • Rookie cornerback Trent McDuffie had a nice pass breakup in the end zone against wide receiver Aaron Parker. McDuffie raised his hand and let go of the ball after Parker got his hands on the ball.
  • Sophomore receiver Cornell Powell enjoyed a good morning practice. During 7-on-7 drills, Powell got a pass from substitute cornerback Chad Henne near the left sideline. On the next play, Henne threw a perfect back pass to Powell on the right sideline against rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson, who had no chance of defending.

This story was originally published July 23, 2022 1:41 p.m.

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