Notebook: Minor scuffle breaks out on Day 9 of Chiefs OTAs

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 90s Thursday, the Chiefs worked out under arguably the hottest day of organized team activities (OTAs).

And it was also hot on the field when tempers briefly flared between right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and defensive end Jaye Howard during 11-on-11 drills.

The two players were observed in a heated exchange on the right side of the line of scrimmage at the end of a play before teammates quickly stepped in to separate them.

So, what triggered the minor fracas between the 6-5, 321-pound Duvernay-Tardif and the 6-3, 301-pound Howard?

“I’m a competitive person,” Howard said. “After a while, like, let somebody know after they test you, you got to let them know.”

Duvernay-Tardif was not available for comment after the workout, but never fear because there are apparently no hard feelings.

“It’s a part of the game, though,” Howard said. “At the end of the day, he’s my teammate, man, so it’s left on the field.”

Howard said the coaching staff also had a message after practice.

“Leave it on the field, that’s it,” Howard said. “It’s part of football.”


Third-year wide receiver Albert Wilson’s professional goals during the offseason included diving more into the playbook and working out with Jeremy Maclin and Chris Conley in Kansas City.

He also had a personal goal with a plan hatched during his rookie season, and he took care of it in early February when he surprised his mother with a home in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

“It’s something that I always dreamed of growing up with her and the house,” Wilson said Thursday. “It’s just something every kid that gets to this stage wants to do for their parents.”

The plan was a family secret with Wilson’s father and sisters aware of the purchase, and only his mother was kept in the dark.

Wilson said his mother had “tears of joy” and he almost lost it upon observing her reaction to the new home.

“Very close, very close,” Wilson said on if he cried. “It did have me stumbling on my words to tell her that it was hers, but it was definitely a blessing that I was able to do it for her.”

Wilson, who enters the final year of his contract, has yet to purchase a home for himself. But he is more than fine without one for now.

“My mom was the first goal that I had,” Wilson said. “I’m good where I’m at now and I’m pretty much saving on that end.”


Running back Charcandrick West missed a second straight day of OTAs after missing Wednesday’s workout with an illness.


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