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Dontari Poe Will Miss Training Camp; More Injury News

An injury update from the first media availability of Chiefs training camp


Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl-defensive tackle Dontari Poe will be out for the entirety of training camp after undergoing successful microdiscectomy surgery on his back on July 15.

Dontari Poe Injury Timeline


June 2

Poe hurts his back

June 5

Poe has epidural injection

June 19

Poe has second epidural injection as camp breaks

July 8

Poe hurts back again

July 15

Poe undergoes successful surgery (microdisectomy)

July 31

Poe will report to camp, where he will undergo rehab

August 19

Next likely update on Poe

Though he won't be practicing, Chiefs head trainer Rick Burkholder said that Poe would be up in St. Joseph with him both rehabbing and attending team meetings.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said there is still a possibility of Poe returning early in the season.

"I think he stands a reasonable chance [to play] in the early part of the season there," Reid explained, "whether it's the beginning or somewhere early in the season for his return. You just have to see and see how he recovers there, but it's a positive thing and it's something that he needed to get done as opposed to having that other deal antagonizing throughout the season."

For the time being, Reid said Jaye Howard, who saw the field more last season due to injuries then, will take the repetitions in Poe's place. The returning Mike DeVito will see time there as well.

In other injury news, Reid said that quarterback Tyler Bray (knee) and tight end Demetrius Harris (foot) will undergo physicals this week.

Here's the full statement from Chiefs head trainer Burkholder on Poe:

"If you guys remember back in the minicamp, Dontari (Poe) hurt his back. That was on the 2nd of June. We shut him down for a few days. He went and was referred to the University of Kansas Hospital to Dr. (Paul) Camarata, who then got him to have an epidural injection in his back. He had one on the 5th of June. We rested him. He made it through the end of minicamp and did fine. He was asymptomatic. We got him a second epidural injection on the 19th of June right before he left. He was home training, he was doing great and then he hurt his back again, so we brought him back to Kansas City, he saw Dr. Camarata, got another MRI. At that time, it was determined that he had a herniated disk in his back. Our team and his people decided to send him back to Memphis to Dr. Kevin Foley, who operated on his back on the 15th of July. He hurt his back on the 8th the second time that he hurt it. He had a successful surgery, microdiscectomy, he had that disk removed. He's in Memphis right now, he's not doing a whole lot of rehab or treatment. He's resting, but he's doing great. He's going to be up here with us on Friday. He'll have extensive treatment and rehab and I've told the coaches that we won't talk about anymore activity with Dontari until after we get out of training camp, so for training camp purposes, he'll be with me, but he'll be in meetings and all that kind of stuff, but he's recovering fine."

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