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Good morning. A light day for Kansas City Chiefs news. It includes a little cold water on the labor negotiations as well. Here's today's news.

By late afternoon, four sets of bleachers were in place and fencing with the Chiefs and Missouri Western logos had been installed around the practice field. The practice field had a sign in place, saying it was closed as chemicals were applied. Fencing leading down to the field and around Spratt Stadium was installed, and gravel was placed and rolled over to set a foundation for the thousands of fans expected to attend camp.

"We want to make sure we are ready if they are here on time, or if they are a couple days later, that will be fine," Nicoson said. "We waited a wee bit longer on things to see if we could get a definite answer."

NFL, Players: We're Making Progress from News-Press Now

As we’ve waited for the start of the 2011 NFL season, we didn’t spend the last four months twiddling our thumbs. Always in the search for something different, we’ll bring you some special statistics, some unusual stats.

Today’s example is our list of the longest running plays in Chiefs history from players who were not running backs.

Longest Runs By Non-RBs In Chiefs History from Bob Gretz

Re-establishing the union and figuring out exactly what it will take to for nine NFL players including Tom Brady to settle their antitrust suit against the league are among key issues blocking a deal to end the lockout, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday.

AP Sources: Lawsuit, NFLPA's Status Unresolved from KC Star

By the time former Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields pulled away from Blue Springs High School on Thursday morning, Wildcats head coach Kelly Donohoe could only chuckle at the looks on his worn-out kids’ faces.

Shields, who owns a sports facility called 68 Inside Sports in Overland Park, had just wrapped up a 90-minute training session in which he and four of his trainers put more than 100 players through a heap of drills on an 85-degree day. And, well, let’s just say it was unlike anything they’d ever experienced.

High School Players Get a Taste of Will Shields' Way from KC Star

Two-time Super Bowl champion Anthony Pleasant returned home to Century Saturday night as the town dedicated a sports complex bearing his name...

...Pleasant, who is entering his second season as the defensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, told the youth of Century that the adults and mentors in their lives are not out to hurt them; they are just trying to help.

Park Dedicated In Honor of Century's Super Bowl Son from NorthEscambia.com

4.) Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs – Bye Week: 6) – Charles is my sleeper to become 2011′s new popular fantasy flavor. He showed all of his beautiful potential in 2010, but was unfortunately handcuffed by veteran Thomas Jones. His most amazing stat last season was an insane 6.4 yards per carry in a season where he rushed for 1,467. The only question mark I have for the small and speedy Charles is how much Head Coach Todd Haley wants to use the guy. Haley may prefer to keep his talent fresh as he showed in 2010.

2011 Fantasy Football Top 30 By Position (Running Backs) from TheSportsBank.net

As ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported earlier today, the players want $320 million in benefits that weren’t paid during the uncapped year, as well as a one-year limit on the use of the franchise tag.  Also, if the "lockout insurance" case must be settled separately and apart from the financial package negotiated by the league and the players, it’s possible that another nine-figure sum could be demanded.

Players Apparently Are Making A Last-Minute Power Play from ProFootallTalk