Reid: Brandon Flowers not told to stay away

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Coach Andy Reid answered media questions Thursday for the first time since the Kansas City Chiefs started offseason practice. He offered no insight to the holdouts of linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Brandon Flowers other than to say Flowers was not asked to stay away from the workouts.

"I’ve been around this a long time and I understand the business side," Reid said. "These are voluntary. That’s not a distraction. We just focus on the guys and coach the guys that are here, and these guys are working their tails off.

"Everybody has the dates. They know. Everybody knows the rules."

Attendance for most of the Chiefs’ offseason program, including this week’s practices, is voluntary. The only time during the offseason when attendance is mandatory is the minicamp which runs from June 17 through June 19. Houston and Flowers can be fined if they don’t attend then.

Left tackle Eric Fisher participated only in individual drills at practice this week. He had shoulder surgery at the end of last season and Reid indicated Fisher wouldn’t be a part of team drills until training camp begins.

"That’s the thing he can’t do right now," Reid said, referring to jamming an opponent. "(The doctors) don’t want him doing that."

The timetable with tight end Travis Kelce is less clear. Kelce had a knee ailment and surgery last season and is a mere observer at practice.

"We’ve just got to see," Reid said. "We’ll see how it goes as we hit June and then see how he’s feeling."