OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Cornerback Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs picks up a penalty for using the ball as a prop after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The Chiefs brought 19 defensive backs to training camp, giving them far more bodies in the secondary than at any other position.
But when starting cornerback Brandon Flowers left the lineup recently with a bruised foot, they turned to a safety, Travis Daniels to take his place. That doesn't bode well for the Chiefs' chances if either Flowers or their other starting cornerback, newcomer Stanford Routt, encounters a long-term injury.
Chiefs' Backups In Secondary Lack Some Experience from KC Star
The one thing about
Travis Danielsis that he's always ready. Details aren't necessary. He's willing to jump in whenever, wherever.
"If I'm not careful, when someone goes down Travis is in the game right away and so he doesn't miss an opportunity," said head coach Romeo Crennel. "He's a pro, he understands that every rep is important and he's in-tune to the game, he's in-tune to practice, and every time he gets a chance to go out there he goes out there.
"I have to pull him back sometimes."
Daniels was at it again Thursday afternoon following Tuesday night's mini-scare with starting cornerback
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Because Jamaal Charles' touches will be limited until the regular season starts, and Peyton Hillis is unlikely to play beyond first quarters, running backs Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray are likely to battle for the Chiefs' rushing lead in exhibition games, and more important, a precious roster spot.
Chiefs Day In Camp For Thursday from KC Star
Cornerback Brandon Flowers has a bruised foot and didn't practice with the Chiefs this morning but coach Romeo Crennel said Flowers wouldn't be out of the lineup long.
Chiefs' Flowers Has A Bruised Foot from KC Star
Kansas City practiced on Thursday with no healthy fullbacks after
Shane Bannon suffered an abdominal injury during the team's Tuesday night practice.
"We're going to rest him a little bit and then he'll be back on the field," Crennel said of Bannon's status. "We are moving on. We've got basically a three-day work week here. We're going to work Thursday, Friday, Saturday - which is Family Fun Day - and then they'll have Sunday off so that we can get into that seven-day routine."
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Coach Romeo Crennel said his club benefitted both mentally and physically from the Tuesday night practice under the lights of Spratt Stadium.
"It was a good change for the players," Crennel said. "It was pretty warm Tuesday afternoon. It was cooler Tuesday night, in the stadium, and with the environment in the stadium, with the P.A. system going and the fans ... I think they got juiced up a little bit. Particularly, with the music playing early, that put a little pep in their step before practice started."
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"It's troubling for me, what went on over there, and the things that went down, I'm not happy about it, and I don't think any parents in the country are happy about it," Hali, who played at Penn State from 2002-05, said after Thursday's practice...
"...I can only hope the guys who come in there want to make a difference and want to do things the right way," Hali said. "We all make mistakes in this life, and that type of mistake, Sandusky made, really tarnished our university."
Hali Hopes Things Turn Around At Penn State from KC Star
Dawson went to work as a sports anchor while still completing his career as quarterback of the Chiefs, and tonight in Canton, Ohio, he'll receive the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 25 years after he was inducted into the shrine as a player.
The Chiefs should be the overwhelming favorites to win the AFC West based on their personnel. They are the most talented team in the division on both sides of the ball, and the return of several key playmakers should make them a popular sleeper to make a run at the AFC crown. Although they must develop an identity on offense to suit their talent, there is a lot to like about the Chiefs heading into the 2012 campaign.
While neither Quinn nor Ricky Stanzi has been dominate in camp, Quinn's confidence in the offense is giving him the upper-hand for now.
Stanzi, the Chiefs fifth-round pick in 2011, will have some ground to make up during the preseason* if he hopes to overtake the job from Quinn.
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Hali's words were not earth-shattering nor were they harsh against Bowe. But he addressed it and that's important. Hali is not known for being a big talker, so his words should carry weight. He wants his teammate back.
Will Bowe listen to Hali? Well, that's up to Bowe.
Hali Wants Bowe To Join Chiefs from ESPN
Tamba Hali didn't turn down a single autograph request.
Even after a grueling two-hour workout on the campus of Missouri Western State University on Thursday, the star outside linebacker signed autographs for more than half an hour.
In Hali's world, nothing gets done halfway.
Hali Leading Chiefs By Example from WIBW
The running back most comparable to Charles who has returned from a torn ACL is former NFL star Edgerrin James. James, like Charles, had good speed and thrived in the open field early on in his career. James was 24 when he returned from his ACL surgery. Charles is 25.
When James returned in 2002, the Colts rode him hard the first three weeks, handing him the ball 81 times in three games. It was the only season in James' first seven years in the league in which he did not average better than 4.0 yards per carry.
The United States Soccer Federation renamed the Open Cup the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in his honor in 1999. A testament to the enormity of his effect on the game.
Beyond any of the visible tributes, Hunt's legacy lives on through the core values of the team. Long time team employees talk about their experiences with Hunt, a man who was always polite and genuinely interested in the people whose paths he crossed, whether they were players, front office staff, or even fans. These experiences and values are passed down throughout the organization.
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There are a number of guys looking to win jobs at Chiefs camp and a handful are from the area. Three Chiefs are Kansas City natives and one will be looking to shock the world.
"That's the funny thing - I've never been in the stadium, never been to a game, nothing like that," Brandon Kinnie said.
All of those things are about to change for former Grandview High School standout Kinnie. A week from Friday he'll suit up as a Chiefs player in his first-ever trip to Arrowhead Stadium.
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The hall took him in, now he's repaying the favor by helping promote a new coffee table book that celebrates the 50th anniversary of that institution. The book comes with a very to the point title: "The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book: Where Greatness Lives." It is organized with chapters that tell the history of the pro game by decade and offers hundreds of photos of big-game moments and historic memorabilia.
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And so it went for those who passed through during Chamberlain's four months at the rehabilitation wing of the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. From September to December of last year, Chamberlain lived in an apartment near Sarasota, Fla., so he could turn his focus to recovering from Tommy John surgery.
While there, he met football players and nine-to-fivers, weekend warriors and elite-level athletes. Animal expert Jack Hanna passed through. As did Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, and safety Eric Berry, whose father rose early to prepare home-cooked meals for the group.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: A first-round draft pick in 2011 fantasy drafts, Charles was a major disappointment due to the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in Week 2. The good news is that he suffered the ailment very early in the season, so he's had plenty of time to rehab and recover. In fact, he's been cleared to practice and has had no setbacks in his return from major knee reconstruction. With that said, the trend of runners coming off such an operation shows a decrease in production in the first year back. Charles will also lose some work to Peyton Hillis, which hurts his overall appeal.
Obviously, Charles isn't lacking in the confidence department, but so far he's backed the smack. The Chiefs coaching staff has talked highly of his on-field performance, noting he's made nearly flawless cuts and ran with vintage explosiveness. All goes well in exhibition play, and it's a foregone conclusion the rusher will take on his customary 15-18 touch load when KC hosts Atlanta Week 1.
First Down: Jamaal Charles Is A Man Of His Word from Yahoo! Sports