KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs appear close to having their offensive line unit back together in full health for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.
Rookie left guard Parker Ehinger marks the latest offensive lineman to return to the practice field. Ehinger missed the last two games with a concussion and foot injury. He returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant.
He joins Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who returned to practice last week. He suffered a high-ankle sprain in the season opener against San Diego.
“I’m just going to see kind of how it goes today,” Reid said. “We’re going to try them and see what they can do. I’ll have a better idea after today.”
Backup lineman Jah Reid remains the only offensive lineman held out of practice. The team listed him inactive Sunday against the New York Jets while he recovers from a knee and ankle injury sustained in week two.
“He’s making progress, but he’s not quite there yet,” coach Reid said. He indicated the lineman remained day-to-day.
Reid also said the status of running back Jamaal Charles remained in limbo. The team remains steadfast that Charles only return when both he and team are comfortable he’s fully recovered with no risk of a setback.
“He’ll practice, we’ll just see how he does, keep kind of progressing,” Reid said. “If he can go, we’ll give it a shot. If we have any hesitation, we won’t.”
Reid indicated he didn’t believe the Chief’s bye week following Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh affect the team’s strategy with Charles.
“If he can move around pretty good, then you give him a shot, then if he can’t, you don’t,” Reid said. “I’d keep it that simple. I don’t know if that (bye week) matters.”
Linebacker Tamba Hali rested on Wednesday as part of his normal practice schedule. The team sent cornerback Marcus Peters home with flu-like symptoms, which Reid hoped would pass quickly.
Reid also said running back Charcandrick West missed practice with a sprained ankle.
Wednesday’s injury report as released by the Chiefs:
Did not participate in practice: S Sean Davis (back), G Ramon Foster (chest), S Robert Golden (hamstring), CB Senquez Golson (foot), WR Eli Rogers (toe), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), C Cody Wallace (knee)
Limited participation: RB Roosevelt Nix (back)
Full participation: LB Lawrence Timmons (shin)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Did not participate in practice: CB Marcus Peters (illness), LB Tamba Hali (knee/hand), RB Charcandrick West (ankle) and OL Jah Reid (knee/ankle)
Limited participation: RB Jamaal Charles (knee), CB Phillip Gaines (knee) and G Parker Ehinger (concussion/foot),
Full participation: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle) and LB Sam Barrington (hamstring)