KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tight end Demetrius Harris made his long-awaited return to the Kansas City Chiefs practice field on Sunday. The Chiefs wasted no time getting Harris involved. He got some snaps as an extra tight end when quarterback Alex Smith and the other offensive starters were on the field.
Harris, who broke his foot last November, could be an important addition for the Chiefs. They have Travis Kelce and rookie James O'Shaughnessy at tight end but their other players at the position are journeymen Ryan Taylor and Richard Gordon.
Harris could be the upgrade the Chiefs are looking for when they go to their three tight end formations. The Chiefs were successful when they went to three tight ends last season, before Harris was injured.
But Harris broke his foot during warmups before a game against the Bills in Buffalo. Without the ability to use three reliable tight ends, the Chiefs stalled offensively during the second half of the season.
Harris needed a second surgery to repair the broken foot in May. He didn’t practice during the offseason and had been nothing but an observer in training camp until Sunday.