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Chiefs vs. Chargers: Derrick Johnson Getting The Start On Monday Night Football

The Kansas City Chiefs training camp and preseason battle at inside linebacker has been among the most intense of any position group. On the one hand, you had Derrick Johnson, former first round pick, and on the other hand you had Demorrio Williams, who came on in the last two weeks as a pass rushing presence for the Chiefs.

On Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers, it will be Derrick Johnson getting the starting nod, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.

"I think good things will still happen for me with the Chiefs," Johnson said. "It's (the last year of his contract) but I have a bright future here. The NFL is about seizing the moment. It's about what you do right now. I'm ready for it."

Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said on Monday afternoon that he would wait until Wednesday to discuss the Chargers. I imagine he won't talk much about who's starting and who isn't. He said Monday that all of the guys need to know it's not necessarily important who's first team and who's second team.

Teicher goes on to report Demorrio Williams' side of the situation. He was the starter in 2009 while DJ spent much of the time on the bench.

"I don't have to answer that question," Williams said, per Teicher. "You already know the answer to that question. What do you think?"

Williams probably has a good reason to be upset considering his production over the last two weeks.

Running with the first team on Monday was DJ and Jovan Belcher along with Casey Wiegmann over Rudy Niswanger. Haley hasn't commented on the starters but this is Chargers week so you'd think the starers for the game would be lining up with the first team this week.

DJ and Belcher have played almost exclusively together so you would think Belcher is starting as well.

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