Good morning. We have some good coverage of this Sunday's game against the Browns, and some follow up on the Jovan Belcher story including details of the memorial service for Kasandra Perkins.
Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis defended himself Thursday after he was criticized by Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas for his actions last season when he played with the Browns.
"It's kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend," Hillis said of Thomas. "It's been over a year. Get over it. I guess when you get paid over $100 million dollars by one team, it's kind of easy to point the finger at other guys and try to hate on them for trying to get another contract."
The Chiefs play against the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland.
Chiefs Secondary Stepping Up, Ready For Sunday from The Mothership
"With the guys not practicing, that makes it a little bit difficult for us because we don't really know exactly where they are and won't know until the end of the week what their availability for the game will be. In the meantime, the other guys on the team have to be ready to step up and get done what they need to get done to help us on Sunday."
The Chiefs will be ready, including the guys like DB
Tysyn Hartman, CB Travis Danielsand the rest of the secondary, as they were during Sunday's 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Speaking of Hartman, the Kansas State rookie led the team in tackles on Sunday with six and said preparation was one of the keys to his success.
Lifting Spirits from The Mothership
The Chiefs Community Caring Team, Lift Up America and Harvesters Community Food Network joined forces to provide local families with much needed meals donated by Tyson Food, Inc. Lift Up America is a non-profit humanitarian aid movement that provides hope and opportunities to the less fortunate. They have paired up with Harvesters which is a non-profit food collection and distribution company in the Kansas City area.
Chiefs Place DL Allen Bailey On IR, Sign LB Leon Williams from The Mothership
LB Leon Williams (6-3, 248) joins Kansas City after stops with the Cleveland Browns (2006-08) and Dallas Cowboys (2010). He spent training camp with the Chiefs in 2012 before being released on Aug. 31. He has played in 57 NFL games (12 starts) with 154 tackles (113 solo), 5.0 sacks (-24.0 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed.
NFL Preview - Kansas City (2-10) at Cleveland (4-8) from KC Star
The Browns have played well lately and are at home against a two-win foe, which would be enough most weeks. Add to it that the Chiefs could be in for a reality letdown after last week's emotional upheaval and it'd appear that this one would be Cleveland's to lose. If not, Crennel deserves Coach of the Year votes for his endurance alone.
Sports Network predicted outcome: Browns 21, Chiefs 13
Chiefs Coach Crennel Leans On Lessons Learned From Sarge To Cope With Tragedy In Kansas City from The Associated Press via FOX News
Romeo Crennel inherited his sense of discipline from his father, a career military man. His patience, kindness and generosity came from his mother, who often had to raise young Romeo and his four siblings like a single mother while her husband was stationed overseas.
Those values have come to define Crennel's reputation throughout his career.
The coach of the Kansas City Chiefs can get tough when the situation warrants it, laying into players and coaches when something goes awry. But he's also been described by his players as a teddy bear, the kind of gentle character who will stop guys in the hallway just to see how they're doing.
Chiefs Tragedy Extends To Family Of Bengals' Mike Zimmer from USA Today
Typically while in the midst of the NFL season, the long-distance conversations between Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and his son, Adam, ride the wave of Xs and Os and other elements of the game on the field.
Adam Zimmer is in his third season as an assistant linebackers coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Since the tragedy on Saturday - when inside linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then drove to the Chiefs headquarters and committed suicide - the phone calls have essentially become father-son therapy sessions.
The Cleveland Browns win a battle of attrition in the Brady Quinn Bowl. Speaking of Quinn, his andMatt Cassel's seasons were completely flushable until Brady balled out versus the Panthers last Sunday. Can the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback repeat his stellar 19-for-23, two-touchdown performance? He'll have to, because the Browns have played much better defense as of late, not to mention the fact that they're at home. Cleveland has allowed opposing quarterbacks less than 200 yards passing in four of the past six games. Carson Palmer put up 351 on them last week, but had just 17 points to show for it (seven of which were meaningless garbage points, commonly known as "Raider points").
Vince Young Vows To "Fight Hard" For Another Chance In The NFL from ProFootballTalk
Young, who has been a free agent since the Bills cut him during the preseason, said in an interview with ESPN for Sunday's Outside the Lines that he just wants some team to consider him, and any team that does will find out that he's willing to put in all the necessary work.
"I made some mistakes. And when you have the type of mistakes that I have, being quarterback in the NFL, it can ruin your career. So right now, I'm trying to fight hard to give it another go, another shot," Young said.
Notes: Coach Romeo Crennel Still Dealing With Chiefs Tragedy from The Chronicle-Telegram
The Browns are as healthy as they've been all season, with all 53 players practicing. That's a rarity in the NFL, especially this late in the year.
Young, special teamer/safety Ray "Bubba" Ventrone (calf) and receiver/special teamer Joshua Cribbs (shoulder/chest) were the only players limited.
Kasandra Perkins Memorial Held After Chiefs Shooting from The Associated Press via ABC7 Chicago
Perkins was from Texas, and family and friends gathered at a church in Blue Ridge on Thursday to remember her. Her great-uncle Ted Downing said Perkins considered Zoey to be the love of her life.
"She had a deep, deep understanding about the important things in life," Downing told mourners...
...including Chiefs team chairman Clark Hunt...
We're still getting new and revised details about the timeline of events leading up to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide. Below is everything we know so far, based on a number of media reports, police statements, and other sources.
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