Kansas City Chiefs DE Frank Clark has been absent from the first two practices of mandatory minicamp.
The team’s public relations staff confirmed following each practice that these were excused absences, but they gave no further explanation.
There was some speculation that it might have something to do with his birthday being on June 14, but it’s actually another situation that calls for celebration.
According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Clark has been excused from minicamp as he awaits the birth of his child.
Clark already has one daughter, Phoenix. He will be welcoming a new child any day now per Rapoport’s report.
For fans who are concerned about Clark missing OTAs and now minicamp, Chiefs DT Chris Jones sought to ease concerns on Wednesday.
The #Chiefs have excused Pro Bowl DE Frank Clark from mini-camp, as he’s expecting the birth of his child any day.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2022
He reassured reporters that Clark is involved in what has been going on this offseason and is preparing himself to have a big year in 2022.
“We actually spoke yesterday,” Jones said. “Belated happy birthday to my boy Frank (Clark). Me and Frank have been in contact throughout the offseason. I understand (the concerns). He’s doing what he has to do to make sure he’s good for this season and we support him.”