[Kansas City.com] Kris Wilson hesitated. Maybe he was going too fast. For two months last summer, Wilson was the buzz, the hype, the legend of River Falls, Wis. He caught just about everything thrown his way. He caught the eye of the Chiefs’ coaches. And here was the best thing – Wilson was only a rookie.
“You couldn’t help but notice him at training camp,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders said. “You would come off the field saying, ‘Wow, he’s an impressive player.’”
Now Wilson comes off the field, and he’s glad he’s not limping. Wilson, a tight end from Pittsburgh, had never missed a game, high school or college, when his leg was twisted under a couple of defenders in the preseason finale at Dallas.
Wilson was out, and so was his feeling of invincibility. He stayed on the 53-man roster and worked for an early-December return from a broken left fibula. He reinjured the leg in practice and missed two more games.
When the Chiefs’ coaches watched Wilson at the start of offseason workouts, they noticed he seemed cautious. Who could blame him? But any doubts about Wilson’s rehab were quickly erased by minicamp, when he made catch after catch down the middle and drew raves from quarterback Trent Green.