ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Tyreek Hill lay motionless for what felt like minutes, initially unable to pick himself up off the grass field.
Time ticked by as anxious Kansas City Chiefs fans waited for any sign of movement from their star wide receiver, any little indication that that he was OK. Hill eventually rose to his feet — albeit very slowly and only with the assistance of those around him.
There was nothing dirty about the hard hit new Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland delivered on Hill, just a routine pass breakup on one of the NFL’s quickest and shiftiest pass-catchers. But the sight of Hill being helped to his feet, slowly guided toward the medical tent and later driven off in a cart only heightened fears within Chiefs Kingdom.
Once in the tent, Hill stretched and bent his right leg under the watchful eye of a team trainer. He later took off his jersey and hobbled over to the cart.
The Chiefs said Hill suffered a quad contusion, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the wideout is “expected to be fine.”
Chiefs' WR Tyreek Hill bruised his quad and is expected to be fine.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2019
Here at #Chiefs camp.— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) July 30, 2019
Tyreek Hill just limped off the field with trainers after a hard hit from Bashaud Breeland on a pbu. Now in the medical tent having his right leg looked at. Hill was slow to get up after the hit, then gingerly walked off
Tyreek Hill is headed out of practice in the front seat of the cart. Looked like he injured his right leg on a PBU Bashaud Breeland. pic.twitter.com/rnADIa8EMe— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2019
Head coach Andy Reid is not scheduled to talk to reporters on Tuesday.
It has been a tumultuous offseason for Hill, who was absent from the Chiefs’ offseason program while the NFL investigated allegations of child abuse involving his son. Hill’s fiancee had accused him of punching their 3-year-old in the chest and audio recordings of the couple revealed Hill threatening his fiancee.
It was widely speculated that Hill would be suspended for a portion of the 2019 season, but before the start of camp, the league announced the 25-year-old receiver would not face discipline under its personal conduct policy.
On Sunday, Hill — who was not charged by law enforcement — addressed the media for the first time publicly in months. In the interview, he acknowledged punching his son, but attempted to provide context on the matter.
“Punching my son in the chest, that would probably refer to me teaching my son how to box, because we do have boxing gloves at our house, and our son … loves Iron Man, Aquaman, and he’s like ‘Daddy come on, come on, come on’ all the time,” he told reporters this past Sunday. “So that’s what it is, man. Sometimes things get thrown out of context when feelings get involved and emotions. But I’m not gonna get into all that right now.”
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