The Kansas City Chiefs had some good news to report Wednesday morning as it was announced that veteran safety Daniel Sorensen will return to practice this week.
Sorensen was injured during training camp and was placed on Injured Reserve the day after the initial 53-man roster was set, which allowed him to return after eight weeks as one of two "designated" players that teams are allowed to bring back each year after being placed on Injured Reserve.
"Sorensen] hurt his left knee at practice,” Chiefs’ Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance [Rick Burkholder said at the time. "He has what's called a tibia plateau fracture. So, it's his tibia, which is your shin bone—he has a fracture in there. He was fixed at the University of Kansas Health System by two surgeons—John Sojka, and Paul Schroeppel. He also had an MCL injury and a lateral meniscus tear. They were all fixed."
Sorensen now has a three-week window to practice with the team before a decision has to be made on whether or not they'll activate him to the 53-man roster.
As of now, they've only designated him as one of their two players to return. He's not yet on the 53-man roster.
During his usual weekly press conference, Chiefs' coach Andy Reid spoke about the plan for his fifth-year safety.
"We're just going to let him ease in," Reid explained. "I haven't even thought about expectations, other than he's able to go out there and get acclimated again. It won't be with the first group. That's not what he's doing—some scout team things and get himself acclimated to the speed again."
Sorensen has appeared in 56 games for the Chiefs over the past four years, including having started 14 games last year, when he led the team with 89 tackles, adding six passes defensed and one interception as well.