Day 4: Training Camp Quick Hitters (PM Practice)

Shields remains in KC waiting on third opinion.

With temperatures running high, tonight's practice was a spirited affair. Hard hits and fights between the players signified the intensity of the action. The Chiefs moved the joint session of practice to the Ramer Field stadium, making it a little difficult to see all of the action, but there was still a lot to be seen.

During the 9-on-7 drills, linebacker Kendrell Bell and offensive lineman Thomas Barnett got into a fight, ending up with Barnett being slammed to the ground by an undetermined player. In a strong show of leadership, linebacker Kawika Mitchell joined the fray to assist his defensive mate.

Offensive lineman Will Svitek had another scuffle this afternoon, this time with offensive lineman Arrion Dixon.

Defensive lineman Ryan Sims is continuing to show signs of improvement. He had a nice tackle in the backfield, flashed some serious pressure at times.

Linebacker Boomer Grigsby had an up and down afternoon, as one would expect from a young player. He blew up a swing pass running back Priest Holmes, but was burned by wide receiver Chris Horn, who put a nifty move on him and raced down the field.

Siavii had a strong afternoon, logging another sack. He had one yesterday as well.

Safety Greg Wesley looked good today. He had a couple of really nice plays in pass coverage, and was right there in run support, also, chasing down a Priest Holmes sweep.

It was a rough day for most of the corners, as just about every corner was burned by a receiver, some even multiple times. Alphonso Hodge and Justin Perkins had some solid efforts, though. Hodge is very skilled at jamming receivers.

Defensive lineman Khari Long took snaps with the second team.

Linebacker Scott Fujita has continued his strong play since returning to the practice field. He'll have some company tomorrow as first round draft pick Derrick Johnson signed shortly after practice. Fujita, Keyaron Fox and Fujita will be in a dog fight to start opposite Kendrell Bell.

In other Chiefs news…

As we first told you early Sunday morning, wide receiver Freddie Mitchell will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus. According to head coach Dick Vermeil, it could be two or three weeks before he's able to return to practice. However, that could depend on the extent of the tear. The operation will take place Monday and Mitchell is expected back in River Falls on Wednesday.

Will Shields remains in Kansas City as he's getting a third opinion on his back. Shields has been battling an arthritic disk for quite sometime but Vermeil indicated that he was feeling better today. Chiefs President Carl Peterson said he was more concerned with getting Shields ready for September 11th than worrying about the time he might miss before the season opener.

Wide Receiver Richard Smith hurt his shoulder diving for a ball in the end zone. It's not known how serious the injury might be but for Smith; he can't afford to miss any practice time. He's in a dog fight for a roster spot now that rookie Craphonso Thorpe is practicing with the team.

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