It's the dog days of summer, and Kansas City Chiefs players on Sunday donned pads for the first time this camp.
Coach Romeo Crennel said working out in the intense heat is good preparation and helps with conditioning.
Players must be at camp for three days before they don pads under the new collective bargaining agreement. That means players like Branden Albert, who had a family emergency, and Jacques Reeves, who hasn't shown up yet, will be on the bike and work on conditioning before hitting the field.
"Camp is going along. Guys' attitudes are still good," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Sunday. "They are a little sore and trying to get acclimated to the schedule, but they are doing good. We feel good about it."
Crennel said he felt the anticipation from players.
"I think they are excited. The first day in pads there is always excitement about that, and I expect for them to have a good effort out there," Crennel said. "Shorts are OK, but this is football. It is a contact game and you have to do that to get them ready for the regular season."
The three-day delay is to ensure the safety of players.
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