Chiefs await word on Douglas' knee

Updated: July 31, 2003, 9:15 PM ET

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dameane Douglas was carried from the field Thursday after injuring his knee when Minnesota Vikings cornerback Rushen Jones threw him to the ground during a joint practice.

Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said the extent of the injury wouldn't be known until Douglas was evaluated by a doctor late Thursday night, but that it didn't look good for the unrestricted free agent who was battling for the team's fifth wide receiver spot.

"It's too bad it had to happen," Vermeil said. "It takes the edge off the whole practice."

Douglas caught a short pass from quarterback Jonathan Quinn during a 7-on-7 passing drill and was wrapped up high by Jones, who then swung Douglas to the ground, where his left knee buckled under the weight of his own body.

Vermeil stopped short of blaming Jones for deliberately trying to hurt Douglas, but said the type of play can be prevented.

"Did you see any of our players do that?" he asked. "It can be controlled."

Douglas is a fifth-year player from California whom the Chiefs signed in April, mainly for his special teams play with the Philadelphia Eagles over the past four seasons. He finished 2002 as the Eagles' third-leading tackler on special teams with 17 and he recovered two fumbles.

Vermeil said Douglas had been impressive so far in training camp. During Thursday's morning practice with the Vikings, he caught three passes for big gains.

"He was having a great camp and he's a great kid," Vermeil said. "It's just too bad. He's a great kid and it's just disappointing. It's different if you're playing a game and everyone is flying around and all that kind of stuff."

Vermeil said the incident wouldn't make him reconsider the importance of practicing against another team during training camp.

"It's a good situation with the Vikings," he said. "We're close, we can do it, and you can grow and learn how to do it better every time. We just have to get it better disciplined, that's all."

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