Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City head coach Andy Reid was back at work on Wednesday as if nothing was wrong, three days after he was rushed to the hospital with illness and dehydration after losing to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Reed was released from the University of Kansas hospital on Monday and wasted no time returning to the team’s facility on Tuesday, when the team normally goes through film reviews and begins preparations for the upcoming week.
That allowed Reid to move uninterrupted on Wednesday, when the Chiefs have their most important full-team practice of game week. He began making game plans for Sunday’s trip to Philadelphia, where he would attempt to snap a rare two-game skid against the team where Reid spent the first 14 seasons of his head coaching career.
“I feel great at first,” Reid said. “It’s good to be back here and doing business as usual.”
The chiefs declined to provide any information about Reed’s health, and he was similarly effective in clearing up questions on Wednesday. The 63-year-old coach has no known history of significant health problems, although she has spoken out in the past about losing weight and getting in better shape; He was using a cane in the summer.
“I’ll probably leave it. I’ll leave it for now,” Reid said of his health. “I’m not much of a nerd to talk about all those things. Wish it never happened. Did it. I appreciate the doctors for taking care of me. They were phenomenal.”
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he was initially concerned about his coach’s health after their 30–24 loss to the Chargers, when Reid spoke with the team and then left Arrowhead Stadium for hospital. .
But he, along with other team leaders, was apprised of Reid’s health on Sunday evening, and they continued to give any updates to the rest of the team in return. By the time Monday rolled around, Mahomes knew Reed would be back soon.
Reid needs one more win to become the first coach with two franchises with at least 100.
“I did[worry]in the sense that you just normally worry,” Mahomes said, “but he told me the scenario and what was going on and it wasn’t a crazy situation. It was something that was under his control, and he handled it. Then your feelings can calm down a bit.”
Mahomes signed a 10-year extension last year worth nearly half a billion dollars, so he has a vested interest in making sure his coach stays healthy. By the time Mahomes terminated his contract, Reid would be in his early 70s.
“I know he loves the sport. He loves being able to coach,” Mahomes said. “If you are doing something that brings you joy, it will help you live longer. helps. I’m sure he loves doing what he does, and Tammy (Reid) will help him stay healthy. “
In other news, wide receiver Josh Gordon was in the practice zone for the first time on Wednesday since he was reinstated by the league and signed a free-agent deal with Kansas City. The plan is for the talented Gordon, whose career has been derailed by off-the-field issues, to spend the next few weeks up to speed.
At that point, the Chiefs hope to add him to the active roster and give Mahomes another playoff on offense.
“We have a wonderful receiving room. It’s just another addition,” Reid said. “He has been such a good player. Whenever you can combine that kind of player – that quality – you do it. That’s where we are with it. We’ll just see where it goes. I’m sure it’s everyone’s. Raises awareness. They know he’s a good player. It’s just getting back in the swing of things.”
Comments: CB Rashad Fenton remains in concussion protocol after injury against Los Angeles on Sunday. … DE Frank Clarke got some work done after missing a Chargers game with a hamstring injury. … LB Willie Gay Jr (TOE) qualified to come off the injured reserve list this week. “He’s making a lot of progress,” Reid said. “We’ll see with him now.”