Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 8/22

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 18: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass the ball against the St. Louis Rams during a pre-season game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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In past years, the Chiefs' starters have usually played the entire first halves of the third preseason game and even a series into the third quarter after making halftime adjustments as if it were a regular-season game. Then, to avoid injury, the starters would barely play in the final exhibition game.

That may not be the case on Friday night when the Chiefs play Seattle at Arrowhead Stadium or next week when they conclude the preseason at Green Bay.

Crennel May Take Different Approach For Last Two Preseason Games from KC Star

Quarterback Matt Cassel says he's preparing to play into the second half against Seattle, but hasn't been given a definitive answer as to how long starters might be on the field.

"I tell them the same thing all the time, just to be ready to play and play until I take you out," Crennel said. "I just don't tell them what my thoughts are as for how that goes. I want them to prepare to play.

Chiefs Notebook: Crennel's Three Game Plan from The Mothership

KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs Practice: Tuesday, Aug. 21

KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel 8-21-12

"I've never been around so many guys who can win one-on-one getting to the quarterback,'' Routt said. "Everybody, all the way to the new guy, Poe. Even with him, he can get off the ball, beat the center and close down the pocket to where the quarterback can't step up or he has to rush his throw.''

In the meantime, the Chiefs are trying to get straightened out with Hali in their lineup. He will play Friday night when they continue the preseason with a game against Seattle at Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs Ponder How To Replace Hali from KC Star

With the season opener quickly approaching preparation for Dwayne Bowe was in full effect on Tuesday. It was Bowe's first day in pads and a chance for him to continue learning the new terminology and playbook.

Chiefs players met with the media after practice to discuss Bowe's first practice in pads, the upcoming season and the importance of special teams.

Overheard: Special Teams Interruption from The Mothership

If Kansas City's first-team defense contains Wilson, it would be something that should happen and it might not be a big enough test for the Chiefs' first-unit defense in its most extensive preseason action. However, if Wilson shreds the Chiefs' defense, it could create doubt as the unit prepares to play Matt Ryan and Atlanta in Week 1.

Facing Rookie QB No-Win Situation For Chiefs from ESPN

1. Matt Cassel has the arm. If only he could be more consistent.
2. Defensive star Tamba Hali has just been slapped with a one-game suspension.
3. Rookie WR/return specialist Devon Wylie is a welcome dash of speed, while Brandon Kinnie can play. Jon Baldwin is making routine circus catches. Remember, before Jermaine Simpson went all gymnastics, there was Baldwin's behind-the-back grab.
4. Will Peyton Hills rebound to the form that placed him on the cover of Madden 2011? Probably.
5. Safety Eric Berry is back and just might be turning into a combination of Troy Polamalu and Bob Sanders. No pressure.

NFL 2012 Preseason Preview: The AFC West from The Huffington Post

Kansas City, linebacker Tamba Hali: The Chiefs will have to find a way to deal with Hali's loss for the season opener against visiting Atlanta in Week 1. Hali violated the NFL's substance abuse policy and is out for that game. The Chiefs would suffer if Hali had miss significant time. He is the team's best defensive player and he is a supreme pass-rusher. He is a difference maker.

Irreplaceable Players, AFC West Style from ESPN

For the first time since he was little, Brodie Croyle is getting ready for a football season where he won't be playing. The 29-year-old former Alabama and NFL quarterback decided to call it a career earlier this year.

Croyle was with Alabama basketball play-by-play commentator and football radio sideline reporter Chris Stewart at Bama Day in Dothan on Tuesday, an event geared at raising money for scholarships for local students. The 30 th annual event was held at the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center Rotary Hall.

Former Bama QB Brodie Croyle Reflects On College, NFL Career from The Dothan Eagle

Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson, two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen and former Kansas Jayhawks basketball star Tyshawn Taylor are scheduled to take part in the grand opening of Menards, S.W. 17th Street, in Topeka.

Dawson, Saberhagen, Taylor To Sign Autographs At Menards from The Topeka Capital-Journal

With Tony Moeaki back from injury and Kevin Boss signed, expect the Chiefs to join the fad of using two tight ends. The Chiefs' first three draft selections were linemen. As TMQ notes, spending high choices on meat-and-potatoes is central to the continuing success of the Packers and Steelers. New head coach Romeo Crennel often stuffs his clipboard down his pants. He won't be a Romeo long with that habit!

TMQ's Batty AFC Season Preview from ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs: Jamaal Charles is healthy and ready to take back the starting job, but Peyton Hillis was signed during the offseason and will likely see plenty of carries down on the goal line. I like Charles in the second round, but don't think you need to use two relatively high draft picks to handcuff these two backs together. It's one or the other in my opinion.

The Handcuffs from The National Football Post

Still, since the NFL has yet to send a division game to London, it'll likely be the Chiefs or the AFC East team, given that the other three possibilities - 49ers, Chargers, Cardinals - would have an extra-long travel obligation.

Taking A Look At Jags' First Possible London Opponent from ProFootbllTalk

Kansas City Chiefs: Jamaal Charles looks like the same guy we saw destroying defenses two seasons ago. It's been a very encouraging return from anterior cruciate ligament surgery for him. Kevin Boss also may do for the Chiefs what we thought he'd do for the Raiders.

All 32 NFL Teams Have Reasons For Optimism from NFL.com

It was the first and only Super Bowl title won by a Southern California franchise. It also was the last Super Bowl title the Raiders won.

For Flores, it was his second Super Bowl title as a head coach and fourth title overall. Flores was an assistant when the Raiders won the Super Bowl in 1976, and was the backup quarterback on the Kansas City Chiefs' 1969 title.

Flores Reveals Life Of NFL Coach from MyDesert.com

WINNER: The Falcons' Week 1 chances -- Atlanta's opener at Kansas City is looking more winnable all the time. Not only might the Chiefs be missing two injured defensive starters in cornerback Brandon Flowers (foot) and safety Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), but also Monday brought word of Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali's one-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Hali's 12 sacks were second in the AFC last season, and the Chiefs will be forced to replace him with the considerably less dangerous Andy Studebaker. We're not sure where Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wears his Luck of the Irish four-leaf clover, but it's working.

Who Won, Lost In Preseason Week 2 from Sports Illustrated

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