Chiefs OLB Dee Ford dealing with sore knee

Dec. 13, 2015; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford (55) sacks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Dec. 13, 2015; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford (55) sacks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford’s presence on the practice field Wednesday proved brief.

Ford left the field under his own power during the early stages of the stretching portion on Day Two of minicamp with what a team spokesman categorized as a “sore knee.”

The third-year pro walked slowly and did not have a trainer with him.

Coach Andy Reid addresses the media Thursday and it is anticipated an update on Ford’s status will be provided then.

The Chiefs are already without outside linebackers Justin Houston (knee) and Tamba Hali (knee).

But the good news is minicamp wraps up Thursday, giving Ford, Houston and Hali more than a month to recover before training camp kicks off in late July.

Veteran outside linebacker Dezman Moses, who recently re-signed, took Ford’s place in the lineup and worked with the first-team defense opposite of Frank Zombo.

SCUFFLE BREAKS OUT

For a second straight week, the Chiefs experienced an on-field scrap between teammates.

A group of linebackers and defensive linemen were off to the side observing teammates going through team drills. Rookie outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas and defensive lineman Jimmy Staten were then observed getting in each other’s faces and it appeared Nicolas threw a punch before teammates quickly separated the pair.

Nicolas went off the field and took a knee on the sideline to cool down, while Staten remained on the field with the group.

Both players were not available for comment after practice.

Defensive end Jaye Howard and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were involved in a minor fracas on Day Nine of organized team activities (OTAs).

FANS OBSERVE PRACTICE

More than 100 season ticket holders observed Day Two of mandatory minicamp as part of “Chiefs First Look Minicamp.”

The fans are offered a view of how the team looks before training camp and their cheers didn’t go unnoticed.

“It’s real great having them out there being a positive support system as they always are,” inside linebacker Justin March said. “I think it made a lot of guys up their tempo seeing them out there.”

CHARLES CONTINUES TO WORK

Running back Jamaal Charles (knee) took part in individual drills for a second straight day, but continued to sit out of team-related drills.

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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