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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Happy New Year! I might still be hungover. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Wednesday Wrap With The Chiefs Coordinators from The Mothership

Due to the short work week, the Chiefs coordinators addressed the media one day earlier than their typical Thursday pressers.

Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub was first to the microphones on Wednesday, highlighting the various ways he's noticed a different vibe from the team that comes with the postseason.

Happy New Year At The Don Bosco Senior Center from The Mothership

On New Years Eve, the Chiefs Community Caring Team (CCCT), including Chiefs Ambassador Anthony Davis and Chiefs Cheerleaders, visited the Don Bosco Senior Center to help the seniors ring in the New Year.

For over 20 years, the Don Bosco Senior Center has been helping seniors age 60 and over and adults with disabilities maintain independent living by providing meals, transportation, fellowship and activities that promote health, education, and recreation. The Chiefs and Don Bosco have an active partnership and on Tuesday, the CCCT hosted a Chiefs-edition bingo game.

Throwback Thursday: Use 'Em Or Lose 'Em from The Mothership

In 2005, the one-back promoters were at full voice, but many NFL teams were not responding. At the time, the Chiefs featured Holmes and had former number-one pick Johnson as well. One was a popular, beloved figure, the other not so. I'll let the reader determine the order.

Holmes was coming off an injury that had sidelined him and Johnson had taken his place with surprising results to the extent that, as much as the fan base loved Holmes, it understood that Johnson could no longer simply take a place on the sideline and be silent, something he was never inclined to do by his nature.

KCChiefs.com Video: Derrick Johnson On Wild Card Matchup

NFL.com Video: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts: A Tale Of Two Quarterbacks

Jovan Belcher's Mother Sues Chiefs For Wrongful Death from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The mother of former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the team Tuesday after exhuming his body so that his brain could be examined for evidence of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions...

...Shepherd's lawsuit claims the Chiefs failed to warn her son of the short-term and long-term risks of concussions; failed to identify and remove Belcher from practice or games after sustaining head trauma; failed to educate Belcher about concussions; failed to monitor or treat Belcher for neurological dysfunction; and failed to provide appropriate counseling.

Concussion Lawsuit Blames Kansas City Chiefs For Player's Rampage from The Los Angeles Times

In a wrongful-death lawsuit filed Tuesday against the team in Jackson County, Mo., Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, said Chiefs officials "directly caused or directly contributed" to Belcher developing "irresistable" and "insane" impulses because of brain damage he sustained while playing for the team.

"Over the course of a four-year career in the National Football League, Jovan unknowingly sacrificed his brain in order to provide for his family," the lawsuit states. "Tragically, the Defendants' wrongful conduct destroyed multiple lives, tore apart families and ultimately caused or contributed to cause Jovan's death."

Chiefs' Bowe Cleared To Play, Fisher Hurt Groin from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was cleared to play in Saturday's wild-card playoff game against Indianapolis after sustaining a concussion, though the status of linebacker Tamba Hali and right tackle Eric Fisher remains uncertain.

Fisher hurt his groin near the end of Tuesday's practice, while Hali has been dealing with some swelling in his knee. Neither of them participated fully in Wednesday's workout.

Bowe sustained his concussion in a loss to the Colts two weeks ago at Arrowhead Stadium. He was hit in the neck area late in the game by LaRon Landry, and even though he finished the game and even attended a practice the next week, Bowe said he never quite felt right.

OL Donald Stephenson's Versatility Proves Invaluable from Chiefs Spin

For most teams, Fisher potentially being out of the lineup ahead of the first round of the playoffs could be a devastating blow.

But the Chiefs are covered if Fisher is unavailable Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, thanks to having a proven versatile player in second-year offensive lineman Donald Stephenson.

And offensive coordinator Doug Pederson appreciates having an interchangeable part like Stephenson.

Colts Want To Quite Jamaal Charles from ESPN

The Indianapolis Colts considered Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles "public enemy No. 1" heading into the teams' Week 16 matchup.

Not much has changed in the 10 days since.

Going into Saturday's AFC wild-card game, the Colts still view the all-purpose running back as the visiting Chiefs' primary threat.

"We called him public enemy No. 1 and he still is," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday. "[He totaled] 1,900-plus yards from scrimmage. First and foremost, that's the guy that you've got to take away."

Chiefs Veterans Have Been Through Highs, Lows from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

Only seven players on the Kansas City Chiefs' roster have been with the team since the 2008 season. Those seven have enjoyed scant few highs and unimaginable lows.

In that time span, there have been four coaching changes. There were two seasons in which the Chiefs went 2-14, matching the franchise mark for futility. There was a murder-suicide involving a teammate and a fan revolt that came to symbolize a lost season a year ago.

Yet for Jamaal Charles, Brandon Flowers and the rest of those hardy souls, all those years of disappointment have been worth it now that Kansas City is back in the playoffs.

Dwayne Bowe To Play For Chiefs from ESPN

Albert will be back in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 1, when he injured his knee against Denver. He said he could have played last week, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid decided it wasn't worth risking another injury simply to knock off some rust.

"Whatever Coach decided, I was with,'' Albert said. "I told him and told the rest of the team that I was going to prepare to play. Now it's time to move on from that. I'm playing.''

So is linebacker Justin Houston, who missed the final five games of the regular season after dislocating his right elbow.

To Tackle Better, KC Needs To Show Resolve from ESPN

The Chiefs were a solid tackling team when the season began but things have been sloppy in that department over the past several weeks. The Chiefs set a torrid defensive pace for the season's first half by sacking the quarterback and forcing turnovers at a high rate.

The Chiefs cooled down considerably in those categories since then and their tackling has worsened. Those are indications of a tired defense.

Chiefs Upbeat As They Prepare For Colts from FOX4KC

After losing to Indianapolis in the home finale at Arrowhead, the Chiefs feel a fresh approach to beating the Colts might help their cause.

"Well yes exactly, everybody knows it's harder to beat a team the second time, but at the same time we have to take that confidence back that they took when they came to Arrowhead," said linebacker Derrick Johnson. "They took a little confidence back with them after winning the game. As a defense we know that we can play a lot better so we plan to do that."

Reversal Of Fortunes from Warpaint Illustrated

[A]s one who covers the NFL and the Chiefs, it's not so easy to forget what happened at Arrowhead two Sunday's ago. But in reality, that game has no barring on the outcome of Saturday's Wild Card match up.

Sure the Colts offense took advantage of virtually every mismatch they could find against the Chiefs lackluster defense. On the flip side of the ball, Indy was far more physical at the line of scrimmage as their defensive line had their way with KC's offensive line.

In the rematch on Saturday, that might not be the case. One the Chiefs are rested and as healthy as they've been since opening day. Secondly, the Colts have some defensive injuries that may not put some of their starters on the sidelines but they won't be at their physical best.

Succop Has Earned Another Chance from ESPN

"He knows he needs to get everybody's confidence back,'' special teams coach Dave Toub said. "Coaches, players. He just needs to make a bunch of kicks in a row here now. These ones coming up in the playoffs, they're critical.''

Succop has missed three of his last four field goal attempts, none more critical than the 41-yarder try he sent wide to the right in the final seconds of the fourth quarter last Sunday in San Diego. The kick would have won the game for the Chiefs.

Leadership Will Come From Unusual Places from ESPN

So the Chiefs this week might find their leadership in different places as they continue to prepare for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Colts in Indianapolis. Demps is a nickel safety and kickoff returner. DeVito and Jordan are starters but come out of the lineup on passing downs.

But it's imperative they share their wisdom this week. DeVito, for instance, lines up next to young nose tackle Dontari Poe, who will be making his playoff debut on Saturday.

Neil Smith Joins Former Chiefs Players In Brain Injury Lawsuit from KCTV

More players have filed suit against the Kansas City Chiefs, accusing the team of actions that led the players to suffer brain damage.

This was the fifth concussion-related lawsuit filed against the Chiefs.  The new lawsuit includes defensive lineman Neil Smith, who played for the Chiefs between 1988 and 1996.

PFT's Wild-Card Picks from ProFootballTalk

When I look up and down these two rosters, I think the Chiefs are the more talented team.  Kansas City has a lot of good players on both sides of the ball, while Indianapolis has lost so many key players to injuries this season that there are a lot of holes on the Colts' depth chart.  And yet it's impossible for me to look past the fact that these two teams just met two weeks ago in Kansas City, and the Colts took it to the Chiefs.  Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and running back Donald Brown have already shown they can have a good game against the Chiefs' defense, and the Colts' defense has already shown it can keep Alex Smith from doing much of anything.  The Chiefs should be more competitive this time than they were two weeks ago, but the Colts will move on to the divisional round.

Engel: NFL Still Not Connecting The Dots About Concussions from FOX Sports

Listening to Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe talk about it Wednesday, his concussion sounded so benign. What he described sounded symptomatic of taking a couple of Tylenol PM rather than a blow to the brain.

Not that his "just a little fatigued" answer really mattered.

All anybody heard, and I am culpable, too, was that Bowe had been cleared to play in Kansas City's wild-card playoff game Saturday against the Colts. It is a happy-happy story as long as you do not get too close or ask too many questions, like how Bowe ended up returning to the game in which he was concussed, or why this concussion took so long to diagnose.

Ranking The NFL Playoff QBs from The Boston Globe

5. Alex Smith, Kansas City

The prototypical "game manager.'' Smith doesn't beat you with style or deep balls, but he beats you. Smith took the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship Game in the 2011 season, then lost his job one year later when Jim Harbaugh (correctly) concluded that Colin Kaepernick could take the Niners to the Super Bowl. The Smith-Andy Reid partnership is working in KC. Smith threw for 23 TDs with only seven picks this year. He also went to the same San Diego high school (Helix) as Bill Walton and Dennis Hopper.

Rooting Guide For Non-Playoff Fans from ESPN

Baltimore: It seems silly, considering how you guys kinda stole your team from Cleveland, but most of you still cheer for two teams: the Ravens and whoever is playing the Colts - in this case, the KANSAS CITY Chiefs.

Broncos No Lock: Chargers, Colts Can Deliver Ravens-Like Upset from SportingNews

So, of course, history could repeat itself. Of the three teams the Broncos could face in their first playoff game-Indianapolis, San Diego and Kansas City-the first two already have beaten them, and the third, while losing to them twice, was no pushover.

All three share similarities with last year's Ravens teams, strengths that benefit them and the ability to capitalize on possible Broncos' weaknesses. The Broncos have a suspect and shorthanded defense, questionable special teams, and Manning's history of underwhelming postseason performances.

Colts Take Inexperienced WRs Into Playoffs from ESPN

Nine.

That's the number of receptions the Indianapolis Colts' receivers have in their playoff career. Take starting receiver T.Y. Hilton out of the mix and that number goes down to one.

The Colts will head into Saturday's wild-card playoff matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs with an inexperienced receiving group.

Colts Start From Scratch With Game Plan from ESPN

The Indianapolis Colts had the ball nearly 17 minutes longer than theKansas City Chiefs in the first meeting between the two teams on Dec. 22. They also rushed for 135 yards and had nine different players catch a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck in their 23-7 victory.

"They played way better than us," Chiefs do-everything running back Jamaal Charles said. "They beat us in all phases. Defense, they played harder and tougher than us and we didn't do that on offense. We just got to play to their level."

You would think the Colts would want to stick to the same blueprint in Saturday's wild-card playoff game between the two teams, right?

Nope, that's not the plan.

Wildcard Notebook: Wednesday Edition from Colts.com

As the Colts players trickled into the team's indoor facility on Wednesday afternoon, more and more bodies entered with helmets in hand.

This is a sign of practice participation, and the Colts had all 51 of their 53 players on their active roster giving it a go on Wednesday.

The healthy bodies of Cory Redding and Ricky Jean Francois up front are vital considering the type of attention Jamaal Charles deserves.

What Is The Best Matchup For The Patriots In The Playoffs? from Masslive

The Chiefs lack weapons at wide receiver, beyond Dwayne Bowe, but running back Jamaal Charles has become one of the more fearsome weapons in the NFL, finishing with 1,287 rushing yards, 693 receiving yards, and 19 total touchdowns. He's the kind of dual threat that gives every defense issues.

Beyond that, Kansas City features a tough defense that is among the best in the league on third downs and in the red zone. If you somehow have managed to forget, one of New England's biggest issues this year has been scoring in the red zone.

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