Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s move to the physically unable to perform list lasted less than 24 hours.
Edwards-Helaire, a surprise PUP listed Tuesday afternoon, showed up dressed for work Wednesday as the Chiefs held their first full-team practice of training camp at Missouri Western State University.
“Clyde was put on PUP to complete his testing,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid explained. “He trained today so we just took him out.”
As Reid noted, the Chiefs players underwent a conditioning evaluation on Tuesday. While there were concerns Tuesday about the time the third-year rusher might miss, Edwards-Helaire’s presence on the court Thursday alleviated those concerns. He trained hard with no apparent limitations during the 90-minute session.
Edwards-Helaire also returned to his role as primary running back with the first-team attack.
Fellow running backs Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Derrick Gore, Isiah Pacheco, Tayon Fleet-Davis and Jerrion Ealy were in their usual backup roles.
Defensive end Frank Clark was not present at the start of Thursday’s practice, but eventually joined the team midway through the session.
Reid explained after practice that Clark was sick and had taken a test. Clark worked with an athletic trainer on the side, doing a variety of stretching exercises and short sprints, before joining his defensive teammates on the sideline. Clark was inactive during team drills.
Cornerback Rashad Fenton (shoulder), tackle Lucas Niang (knee) and offensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho (leg) remain on the PUP roster and worked as an athletic trainer at the rehab tent.
Defensive tackle Cortez Broughton (undisclosed list/PUP) was not on the field.
Left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. is yet to sign his franchise offer, so his absence comes as no surprise as he is not currently under contract.
- Backup offensive lineman Roderick Johnson worked at left tackle with the first-team offense alongside left guard Joe Thuney, center Creed Humphrey, right guard Trey Smith and right tackle Andrew Wylie. Reid, however, stressed after practice that the team will continue to assess the left tackle position with other players, which could include Geron Christian, while Brown remains unsigned. “We’re going to keep spinning them,” Reid said. “Nothing is frozen there.”
- Rookie cornerback Joshua Williams had a great pass breakup during team drills, smashing a throw intended for wide receiver Mecole Hardman. While the play was good, even more remarkable is where Williams lined up. He was the first cornerback in nickel packages with the starting defense alongside cornerbacks L’Jarius Sneed and Trent McDuffie. Williams’ emergence comes with Fenton on the PUP list, but Reid played down Williams’ role on Wednesday: “It’s day one,” he said. “I want to see more.”
- Linebacker Elijah Lee, who joined the Chiefs on a one-year free agency deal, worked with the first-team defense alongside linebackers Nick Bolton and Willie Gay Jr. in the 4-3 base scheme of the Chiefs.
- Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster made several catches during team drills. While the pads weren’t on, he showed chemistry with quarterback Patrick Mahomes throughout the morning.
- During the team’s red zone drills, safety Justin Reid caught a pass from Mahomes on the goal line. Mahomes tried to hit tight end Jordy Fortson, but Reid jumped the road and had daylight in front of him.
- The Chiefs’ first open practice, with officials, took place in front of more than 3,000 subscribers. The first practice open to the general public is Thursday.