Although it was initially reported that linebackers Mike Maslowski and Scott Fujita were cleared to practice, they did not participate in any part of individual or group drills. Maslowski, however, did act as a dummy running back in certain defensive drills, which is a good sign.
The two linebackers did work out after practice, and looked fairly fluid. If the training staff determines that they are okay, they could be on the practice field as early as tomorrow morning.
As mentioned, LB Shawn Barber has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
First team defense consisted of: Patrick Surtain, Dexter McCleon, Jared Allen, John Browning, Ryan Sims, Eric Hicks, Keyaron Fox, Kendrell Bell, Kawicka Mitchell, Knight and Wesley. It was surprising that defensive tackle Lional Dalton was not playing first team defense.
At the end of practice, Coach Dick Vermeil strongly endorsed CB Dexter McCleon as the starter at cornerback in CB Eric Warfield's absence.
Safety Sammy Knight looks like he's going to be very strong in run support. He was in the mix on several running plays, particular to the outside.
MLB Kawika Mitchell looked very smooth and confident with the first team. He flowed to the ball well, and even intercepted one of QB Trent Green's passes.
LB Gary Stills appears to be making the transition back to linebacker very well. Stills played with the second team defense and looked strong against the run.
WR Marc Boerigter and WR Chris Horn did not participate in any drills.
Wide receiver Freddie Mitchell looked very good in his debut practice. He came up with four nice catches in drills against the defense. It looks like he and quarterback Trent Green have become very comfortable with each other, and are on the same page. That would be a pleasant surprise for the Chiefs if he develops into a playmaker for this team.
OT Kevin Sampson played first team right tackle. I know everyone thought that Jordan Black was going to be the man at that position, so it was a little surprising. Although he appeared to struggle at times, Sampson held up well.
Kris Wilson doesn't look as fast as he did last year in training camp. He may be a little tentative after suffering a broken leg last season. That should all change once he gets hit a couple of times.
RB Priest Holmes looks as healthy as ever. Reserve RB Larry Johnson ripped off several nice runs against the second team defense.
Day 1: Training Camp Quick Hitters
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