LIVE BLOG: Chiefs work through high temperatures during training camp

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Posted at 9:05 AM, Jul 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-29 18:19:55-04

KANSAS CITY MO. — 5:00 p.m. | Chiefs tight end Noah Gray seemed to impress the team and fans during practice on Thursday.

The rookie was drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL draft.

Gray saw more play time after tight end Travis Kelce left practice early because of tightness in his hip and back.

"Gray seemed to consistently make plays during the offseason workout program and it's already translating to camp, as the rookie tight end hauled in an over-the-shoulder grab down the sideline during a 7-on-7 period," the Kansas City Chiefs wrote in a tweet.

2:30 p.m. | The Chiefs shared a couple photos from practice Thursday morning.

1:00 p.m. | Chiefs wide receiver Cornell Powell at training camp practice on Thursday is getting some pass reps in.

12:54 p.m. | Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones wanted to increase his flexibility during the offseason, so he tried a new exercise: yoga.

The Chiefs announced that Jones would be playing more as a defensive end during the 2021 season, which requires more flexibility.

12:17 p.m. | Kansas City Chiefs training camp is underway, and on the second day of camp, players had to deal with hot temperatures outside.

In St. Joseph, Missouri, temperatures were in the high 80s during practice, but the heat index reached as high as 110 degrees.

11:07 a.m. | The Chiefs said that tight end Travis Kelce left training camp practice early Thursday because his back and hips were just a little tight.

KSHB 41 Sports Director Mick Shaffer weighed in.

11:00 a.m. | LIVE: Kansas City Chiefs players Chris Jones, L’Jarius Sneed and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are speaking after training camp practice.

10:50 a.m. | Madden NFL 22 ranked Chiefs player Tyrann Mathieu the number one safety in the league.

Mathieu received a 95 rating just 4 points shy of the highest score in the game, a 99 rating. His teammates tight end Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes both have received a 99 rating and joined the "99 club."

10:30 a.m. | Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was seen leaving practice early on Thursday.

It is unclear why Kelce left practice, according to KSHB 41 Sports at training camp.

10 a.m. | Two Kansas City Chiefs players made the NFL Players Association's top 50 player sales list for the first quarter of the year.

The list ranks the sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was ranked second and tight end Travis Kelce came in at number 28.

KSHB 41 Sports producer Nick Jacobs said Tom Brady and Mahomes have been switching between number one and number two since October 2018.

9 a.m. | On Wednesday, Chiefs season ticket holders were able to attend training camp for the first time. On Thursday, anyone who signed up in advance will be able to attend as well.

With COVID-19 still a concern, fans will not be able to get autographs with the athletes, but it will still be the first time since 2019 that fans will be able to attend at all.

Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said Wednesday he is hopeful the stadium will be at full capacity this season, but with new CDC guidance and cases rising across the metro, nothing has been set in stone.