Sheffield, who injured his neck while making a tackle, lay on the field for several minutes without making any noticeable movements. Surrounded by medical personnel, he was immobilized and taken to a nearby hospital.
Though the injury initially appeared rather serious, the Chiefs released a statement Saturday to let fans know that Sheffield had movement in all his extremities and had been released from the hospital. But the news got even better Sunday, as Haley said the rookie was already back to work.
"He's in here today, working out, moving around, all those things," Haley told the media.
A fifth-round pick, Sheffield has been working as a backup throughout training camp. Friday night against the Eagles, however, he initially ran with the first-team nickel defense in place of Andy Studebaker.
Since Studebaker is one of the Chiefs' up-and-coming young defenders, it seems rather unlikely that such a move would be permanent. But giving Sheffield a chance to run with the starters would seem to suggest that the coaching staff is looking for ways to get him into the mix.
No word has been given as to when Sheffield will be able to resume practicing, but for now, his coach is just happy to have him back in the building.
"He had a lot of us worried," Haley said. "I made a late night visit down there after the game and he was already sitting up eating a sub sandwich. So it went from looking pretty bleak to looking real good.
"I'm just very grateful and thankful that it turned out that way."
Sheffield Already Back At It
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