Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/27

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs jumps into the stands after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter on September 11, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Bills beat the Chiefs 41-7.(Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Good morning! Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend so far. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Be safe.

Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN 32 late Friday that the Chiefs have "no concerns whatsoever" about Charles' readiness for the 2012 season. Though Charles won't practice until training camp, his absence from OTAs is purely a precaution.

Chiefs Have "No Concerns Whatsoever" About Jamaal Charles' Recovery from ProFootballTalk Video: NFL In The Community

Ed Podolak can't run. Isn't that something? The man who rambled like a lion now limps like a lamb.

As a Kansas City Chiefs running back from 1969-77, Podolak set the bar, a tank with tap-dancer's feet and a stiff-arm that struck like the sweet spot of an aluminum bat. In his prime, he was holy hell, a bulldog who set the single-game NFL record for total yards in a postseason contest (350).

"Of course, when you get to my age, you're not going to be able to run anyways," Podolak tells with a gruff voice and a guffaw.

Chiefs Legend Keeps Smile Through Long Rehab from FOX Sports

Patriots assistant director of college scouting Brian Smith, who has been with the team since 2000, is a candidate to move up the ranks in any type of department reshuffling that takes place this offseason. Smith has had a variety of roles with the club, and with director of pro personnel Jason Licht (Cardinals) and national scout Kyle O'Brien (Chiefs) leaving the Patriots this offseason, he is a name to file away as someone who is primed for bigger things at some point.

Quick-Hit Thoughts Around The NFL & Pats from ESPN Boston

HBO has been hard pressed to find a participant for its NFL summer reality series, Hard Knocks.

But a team will be selected by June 1, per the New York Post...

...Small-market teams might not be HBO's first choice -- though the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs are Hard Knocks veterans -- but the cable outlet is fast-approaching the "beggars can't be choosers" decision point.

Report: 'Hard Knocks' Decision Coming By June 1 from USA Today

We know where NFC West teams stand in popularity among Americans.

"Where are the final tallies for most popular teams (across the league)?" @ChrisLoces wants to know.

Pollsters conduct 1,500 monthly telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of Americans age 12 and older. They have reached 390,000 Americans since 1994 via land lines and cell phones, in English and Spanish.

Where Each NFL Team Ranks In Popularity from ESPN

19. Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs

Crennel's victory over the Packers as interim coach helped him land this job. Now he needs more wins than he had with the Browns.

Overall record (5 years): 26-41. Record with Chiefs: 2-1.

Ranking NFL Coaches: Tom Coughlin Beats Bill Belichik (Again) from

Turns out what they really want in the Garden State is to be able to bet 100 bucks on the Jets in the sports book at the Meadowlands race track before strolling over to the stadium for the Sept. 9 home opener against Buffalo...

..."We intend to go forward," Christie said Thursday. "If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us."

The federal government will almost certainly take Christie up on that challenge. So, too, likely will the NFL, which views betting on games with the same kind of antiquated logic it used to trot out every time the issue of concussions came up.

Time To Do Away With Sports Betting Stigma from KC Star

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