Day 20: Training Camp Quick Hitters (AM Practice)

Injuries are mounting on the Kansas City Chiefs. Head coach Dick Vermeil cut this morning's practice short, citing a lack of bodies to rotate through drills and that's why the team chose to end practice early.

Injuries continue to be the story of the day, as there were numerous players held out of this morning's practice. Of note was rookie linebacker Derrick Johnson, who was held out with what Coach Vermeil described as a minor foot problem. Due to the lack of personnel, and to reduce the risk of injuring any other players, Vermeil cut this morning's practice short by about 35 minutes. The good news is that tight end Jason Dunn returned to practice.

The defense is continuing to introduce new wrinkles. One a couple of plays, there were five defensive linemen, something the Chiefs have been working on. Look for the formation in the next game.

Defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson is making the most of his opportunity to play with the starters. Wilkerson played like a man on a mission today, stopping runs in the backfield, stringing outside runs and recording a couple of sacks. The competition for the right defensive end spot just got very competitive.

In response to his demotion, defensive end Jared Allen was aggressive in offense/defense drills, making plays and throwing backs around. He was in on several running plays and recorded a sack.

Cornerback Eric Warfield is getting more work in practice. Previously, he wasn't getting as many reps, as the Chiefs were preparing other guys to play. He looks strong and fast, and the lack of reps doesn't seem to be affecting him.

Defensive tackles Ryan Sims and Lional Dalton are shaping up to be a nice tandem. They're both stout against the run, and they've been disruptive in the backfield. It's going to be tough for teams to block both those guys.

Defensive end Zach Ville flashed with a sack of Damon Huard.

Kris Wilson is continuing to have a good camp. The tight end runs his routes well, blocks well and beats guys downfield regularly. Wilson has dropped a few balls this camp, but he's had some really nice catches, including a heck of a catch today, where he had to go up over safety Willie Pile, who had pretty good coverage.

Wide receiver Sammie Parker has played well in fellow receiver Eddie Kennison's absence. While Kennison has been gone, Parker has stepped up, making nice catch after catch. He's had some acrobatic plays lately.

It's easy to overlook fullback Tony Richardson, but he is having a terrific camp. He's running well, catching the ball, blocking, whatever the team asks of him. I know Chiefs fans have come to expect it, but it deserves mentioning.

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