Chiefs’ Dontari Poe misses practice Thursday with back spasms

Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (92) follows from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (92) follows from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Thursday that Dontari Poe, who left Tuesday’s practice during individual position drills, is dealing with back spasms.

Poe didn’t return to the practice field Tuesday and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but Reid didn’t sound concerned as the Chiefs wrapped up the sixth OTA practice.

“He’ll be fine here,” Reid said.

The update surrounding inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (knee) also sounds positive.

Reid revealed to reporters the inflammation occurred in Johnson’s right knee, the same leg Johnson suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the first regular season of 2014.

But Johnson, who practiced fully the first three days of OTAs, has been present on the practice field in recent days without his helmet and got in some work on Thursday.

“Derrick came out and did the warm-ups today,” Reid said, “and then we pulled him off from there. We’ll just keep giving him a little bit more every day. He’s obviously feeling better.”

Second-year wide receiver Albert Wilson left Wednesday’s practice during team-related drills with what Reid categorized as a “slight hamstring.”

While hamstring injuries can linger, Reid appeared optimistic Wilson could return when the Chiefs conclude the final set of OTAs on June 9-12.

“Really, it’s more of a knot than a tear,” Reid said. “He’ll be back when we start back up, most likely.”

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Herbie Teope is the lead beat writer and reporter for ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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