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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 2/24

Good morning Chiefs fans! The Combine and CBA are dominating NFL news today, but there's still a little Kansas City Chiefs specific stories out there. Enjoy.

Matt Stevens lived the NFL's worst nightmare and is happy to talk to you about it. He watches this labor situation with an experienced eye, knows that if there is no new deal a week from today the richest league in American sports moves one step closer to possibly becoming a punchline.

Stevens was once part of the punchline.

Go back 24 years, to the strike in the middle of the 1987 season, when Stevens became something like the real-life Keanu Reeves from "The Replacements" - Kansas City's quarterback during an ugly three-game stretch when the NFL made do with awkward fill-ins.

 Viewing the NFL Labor Situation Through a 1987 Lens from KC Star

Talk with the NFL types and they'll say to a man that the most important part of Combine week is not the workouts and not the one-on-one interviews with the players. The Combine's valuable information comes right off the bat, with the thorough medical exam that each player receives from team doctors.

To say that the 330 invitees are put under a microscope by the medical types is not an exaggeration. Players are told to bring with them any x-rays, test results, analysis from doctors and other medical forms they may have collected over their college career.

Each of the 32 teams has several doctors involved and working with medical personnel from other teams, they work in concert so that every team that wants to get their hands on a particular player or a particular injury can do so.

Run Fast, Look Pretty... Thursday Cup O'Combine from Bob Gretz

Depending on where you see him, Dale Carter could be one of many people.

He could be a Blue Springs city council member, as he was Tuesday night; he could the morning on-air personality and program director for KFKF (94.1 FM); he could be the play-by-play announcer for Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high school football games on KCWJ (1030 AM) on fall Friday nights; or he could be the man with the stadium voice for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dale Carter to be Inducted into County Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame from The Examiner

Still Got It

Casey Wiegmann, 37, Chiefs (C). He proved you can go home again after being released by AFC West rival Denver a year ago. He returned to Kansas City and was an integral part of the team's successful running game. If he doesn't retire, he can give the Chiefs at least one more solid year.

Solid Class of Interior Run Blockers Will Be Available from Sporting News

The NFL and the players' union wrapped up a sixth consecutive day of mediated talks Wednesday - and they will meet again Thursday.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and most of his negotiating group - including four current players - left Wednesday's session at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service a little after 5:30 p.m.

That was less than an hour after Smith and a dozen members of the union's team returned from a 1½-hour break. It wasn't clear what, if any, significance the break holds, although it was the first time since the mediation began Friday that either side left the building en masse in the middle of a day. Generally, the groups have arrived in the morning and departed in the evening.

They've met for a total of more than 40 hours so far.

NFL, Union Will Hold Seventh Consecutive Day of Talks from The Brownsville Herald

Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium won't host Super Bowl XLVI for another 11 months, but the Super Bowl of Scouting begins Thursday in downtown Indy. A total of 330 draft-eligible prospects will run, lift, jump and interview for personnel representatives from all 32 NFL teams February 24th - March 1st.

Of those 330, around 250 are expected to be drafted.

The week's results will directly affect April's draft board, which in turn will affect who returns to Indianapolis on February 5, 2012.

Once KCChiefs.com lands in Indy, we'll keep you updated on all of the Combine happenings. Until then, let's take a look at who might become a Chief this April.

Path to Primetime: Defensive Backs

-Path to Primetime: Specialists

The NFL says it will use a new sideline test to determine concussions next season.

The NFL says in a release Wednesday that more details of the evaluation will be announced on Friday in Indianapolis, where the annual Scouting Combine is being held this week.

NFL to Adopt New Sideline Concussion Test from FOX Sports