June 12, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Zeke Markshausen (5) (left), defensive back Jalil Brown (30) and wide receiver Jamar Newsome (84) run drills during minicamp activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
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Hali isn't the senior member of the Chiefs defense, but among the core group only linebacker Derrick Johnson, at 29, is older. It could be a sign of his changing role in Kansas City that the Chiefs placed the locker of their first-round draft pick, nose tackle Dontari Poe, immediately next to Hali's.
Perhaps it's a coincidence, or perhaps the Chiefs want Poe getting a close look at how Hali prepares.
"That's on all of us," Hali said. "But he's next to me, so I guess he's going to be hearing from me."
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Make no mistake: the Chiefs stand to lose with either decision they make. Slow-play the Bowe negotiations, forcing him to suit up for the $9.4 million franchise salary, and risk losing him in the future. Extend him now and endure the threat of him backsliding into 2009 form. The latter would subject the Chiefs to losing big, costing them upward of $50 million guaranteed and starting a chain reaction that could hinder future negotiations with other players.
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Siler put on a helmet and practiced for the first time since blowing out an Achilles last August. His participation on Tuesday was limited to individual drills, but it was a significant step in Siler's push to compete for a place in the Chiefs linebacking corps.
"It was a lot of fun and it was football again," Siler said. "All the (rehab) stuff that you do is meant to get you back playing football. When you get out there and put your helmet on - and I don't know how long it's been since I've had my helmet on - it feels really good."
Minicamp Notebook: Brandon Siler And Abram Elam Step Forward from The Mothership
Veteran safety Abram Elam was signed by the Chiefs only last week but has already made an impression in practice. He has been starting in the absence of the regulars, Berry and Kendrick Lewis. Elam intercepted a Matt Cassel pass intended for Kevin Boss on the first play of a seven-on-seven passing drill Tuesday.
"I was just doing my responsibility," Elam said of his interception. "I was coached to read (Boss) and locate the ball. I just went and made the play."
Chiefs Buzz: Minicamp Begins from KC Star
Crennel said one of the priorities of the Chiefs' three-day minicamp will be to get their new offense in place, allowing for a seamless transition into training camp.
There are already signs of that happening.
Baldwin created enough space on three straight pass plays that he managed to haul in passes from Cassel with relative ease. Wide receiver Terrance Copper added a couple of impressive over-the-shoulder grabs, while the running game behind Peyton Hillis began to pick up steam.
Chiefs Open Minicamp Without Bowe, Other Stars from The Associated Press via The Albany Times Union