KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyreek Hill limped off the field Tuesday at a crowded Kansas City Chiefs training camp practice after colliding with another player during a drill.
Fans held their breath as the team's training staff assessed the wide receiver's right leg then carted him away for further evaluation.
Hill had a slight limp walking to the tent. It wasn’t a full on hobble. It was under his own power the entire way. Again he rode up in the FRONT seat of the cart. NOT the back.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) July 30, 2019
Hill was able to walk off the field under his own power and rode in the front seat of the cart, which took him up the hill that leads away from the practice fields.
The Chiefs later said that the initial diagnosis was a quadriceps bruise, but official word wasn't expected until Wednesday morning.
Hill was running an out route with cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who returned to practice Tuesday from a lacerated thumb, was in zone coverage and drove on the football when the two players collided.
Hill was down for about a minute before he got up and limped to the medical tent.
"Anytime you've got the best play maker in the NFL go down a little bit, it scares you a little bit, but me knowing Tyreek, that's one of my good friends off the field, so I know he's very tough," Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland said. "He's going to get up and walk it off, and I'm pretty sure we're going to see him tomorrow out here practicing."
Hill's injury happened on the second day in full pads, but the team has yet to start tackling. Right now, defenders are still "thudding" into offensive players.
New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said while training camp practices under coach Andy Reid are intense, the guys also make sure to look out for each other's health and safety.
"Coach Reid does a good job all the time, and all the coaches do, talking about protect each other, stay up, don't go for a collision that's going to hurt somebody," Spagnuolo said. "We're all on the same team. Now, that requires bringing your feet and being a good athlete, but we're trying to do that all the time. I really hope Tyreek's OK."
Hill reported to training camp on time after being suspended from late April until mid-July, when the NFL announced he would not be suspended despite being involved in an offseason child welfare investigation.