KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs could be at full strength later in the week.
Coach Andy Reid said during his weekly Monday media session running back Jamaal Charles (ankle), rookie running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and strong safety Eric Berry (ankle) “will most likely start practicing” when the team returns to practice Thursday.
The Chiefs are off Tuesday and Wednesday given Week 4’s game against the New England Patriots falling on Monday night.
The team’s first full practice is Thursday.
Charles and Berry suffered their respective ankle injuries in Week 2 and did not play during Sunday’s 34-15 win against the Miami Dolphins.
Charles put in two limited practices late in the week leading to Sunday’s game, but the Chiefs chose to not play him after Charles tested his ankle during pregame warm-ups.
Berry did not practice leading to Sunday.
Thomas has yet to suit up for a regular-season game since injuring his hamstring on Sept. 3. He practiced in a limited fashion on the first day of game week preparations for Week 3’s game, but missed the last two days.
Second-year running back Knile Davis started in place of Charles and posted 132 yards rushing and a touchdown on 32 carries.
Ron Parker started in place of Berry and totaled two tackles.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs left Miami intact health-wise after two straight weeks of devastating injuries.
Prior to Charles and Berry missing Week 3, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (Achilles), defensive end Mike DeVito (Achilles) and guard/tackle Jeff Allen suffered season-ending injuries in Week 1.
Having a healthy group of players return to Kansas City proved good news.
“We came out of the game with the guys that played pretty unscathed there,” Reid said.
NOTES: Reid complimented punter Dustin Colquitt, who had a season-long punt of 64 yards … “Field position was big in both areas,” Reid said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever been a game where we were backed as much as what we were. At the same time, he was able to get us out of trouble there” … Colquitt finished the game with five punts for 255 yards (51 yards gross average, 48.8 net yards).