Day 18: Training Camp Quick Hitters (PM Practice)

This afternoon's practice was the first for the Kansas City Chiefs since Friday night's loss against the Minnesota Vikings. Although the Chiefs worked in shells, it was a tough practice, as the Chiefs were beginning the work to improve on last week's performance.

In the biggest news of the day, guard Will Shields returned to practice, after missing most of the team's workouts with a problematic back. Shields worked in individual drills, but did not participate in the team's joint activities. Still, it was good to see the perennial Pro Bowler return to action.

Running Back Sam Gado also returned to practice.

Out with injuries were offensive tackle Kevin Sampson (foot), defensive tackle Junior Siavii (knee), safety Jerome Woods (knee) and Quarterback Todd Collins (hand). Wide receiver Freddie Mitchell continues to rehab his knee and tight end Jason Dunn didn't work either.

Safety Greg Wesley was at practice despite the incident involving his arrest late Saturday evening in Minnesota. Second year defensive tackle Junior Siavii was also arrested on Saturday night but he was not at practice Sunday afternoon.

The defense made a strong statement today, doing an overall great job of limiting the offense's production.

Defensive end Eric Hicks absolutely destroyed offensive lineman Jeremy Parquet in one on one drills today. Hicks looked like a man on a mission.

Linebackers Kendrell Bell and Kris Griffin did excellent jobs of pressuring the quarterback when blitzing.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson showed his speed when he blew up a screen pass to running back Larry Johnson. The play looked as if it was going to be successful, when Johnson flashed in to make the play for no gain. It was the most impressive show of speed I've seen in camp to date.

Cornerback Benny Sapp showed his coverage skills today, putting blanket coverage on most everyone he faced. It looks like Sapp is an ascending player. Cornerback Alphonso Hodge provided some nice coverage on a couple of plays, also. He and wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe stayed after practice to put in some extra work.

Cornerback Patrick Surtain continued his strong play.

Offensive guard Brian Waters looked strong in one on one drills. None of the defensive players he faced could get by him.

Thorpe continued his string of excellent catches with a leaping grab over his defender near the sideline.

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