Wednesday's Chiefs practice report

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Some thoughts and observations on Wednesday’s Kansas City Chiefs practice:

  • Coach Andy Reid moved up the start of practice three hours because of extreme heat in Kansas City. The Chiefs were obviously gearing down in preparation for Saturday night’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs didn’t wear full pads and practice was conducted at something less than full speed. Evidently it wasn’t close enough to the speed Reid was looking for because at one point he interrupted practice to yell, “This isn’t a walk-through."

  • Reid said the starters would play into the third quarter against the Vikings and that Tyler Bray would be the first quarterback in the game after Alex Smith.

  • The Chiefs may not have a lot of starters to play into the third quarter. The list of players not practicing included running backs Jamaal Charles (foot) and De’Anthony Thomas (hamstring), wide receivers Dwayne Bowe (quad) and Junior Hemingway (hip), linebacker Joe Mays (wrist) and safety Eric Berry (heel). Nickel back Chris Owens left practice with a knee injury. As cautious as the Chiefs tend to be with injuries this time of year, don’t expect any of these players on the field on Saturday night.

  • The Chiefs continued to feature young wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. He was again the starter in Bowe’s place and also was the first punt returner in line in Thomas’ absence.