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Good morning. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

The Chiefs began preparations for Buffalo with all hands on deck Monday afternoon at the Truman Sports Complex. In the portion of practice open to the media, all 53 players were on field and active in individual work.

Arrowhead Report: Chiefs Begin Prep for Buffalo from The Mothership

With a simple proclamation, Matt Cassel tried to put to rest any doubt he would be the Chiefs starting quarterback Sunday in their regular-season opener against Buffalo at Arrowhead Stadium.

Let us remind ourselves that Cassel has made quick recoveries before.

Cassel Declares That He's Healthy Enough For Opener from KC Star

KC Star Photo Gallery: The Chiefs' 53-man roster

"We’ve been working on some fakes, and it’s something to keep them honest," said Colquitt, who has never attempted a regular-season pass in his five seasons with the Chiefs. "With Todd (Haley’s) philosophy, it’s another instance of four-down mode. He’s not scared to take risks, and sometimes you get positively rewarded for those.

Chiefs Claim Offensive Tackle Steve Maneri Off Waivers From Patriots from KC Star

Players routinely grit their teeth through rib injuries, but anything that slows Cassel the least bit could be devastating for a Chiefs offense that relies heavily on his decision making.

Kansas City lost 31-0 to the San Diego Chargers last season in its only game without him under center, gaining just 67 yards of total offense. And the Chiefs fell 38-24 to the Baltimore Ravens in their 2009 opener, which Cassel missed with a knee injury. Brodie Croyle started that game.

Cassel Banged Up, Moeaki On IR As Chiefs Limp Into Regular Season Against Opener Buffalo from The Washington Post

Q: You mentioned Buffalo earlier. Knowing Chan [Gailey] likes to use a lot of different formations, different quarterbacks, are they any more difficult to prepare for than a regular game?

HALEY: "I’ll cover Buffalo a little more on Wednesday for sure. They’re a developing team also, not a lot different than us. They have a lot of unique talent players on both, all sides of the ball, including special teams, that can hurt you in a number of different ways. Like I said, I’ll get into them more fully. They have weapons and they obviously are a well-coached team that knows how to use the weapons. That’s what we’re working on right now, and everybody is just really excited that this is regular season mode.

Q&A with Todd Haley 9/5 from The Mothership

The No. 1 priority for the Bills since the end of the 2010 season was to improve their run defense, which ranked dead last in the NFL...

...The Chiefs will definitely provide some clues as to whether Troup is correct. Kansas City was the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL in 2010. The Chiefs ran the ball a league-most 556 times and ranked second in the NFL in yards per attempt at 4.7.

Buffalo Bills Defense to Face Strong Test in Week 1 from The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Kansas City may not even worry about that decision, instead focusing on a player that really hurt them in Week 8 a year ago: Roscoe Parrish.

Parrish was nightmare fuel for the Chiefs in 2010.

Bills vs. Chiefs: Roscoe Parrish Will Be An X-Factor from Buffalo Rumblings

I give him all the credit in the world. He said he was going to do it, then he did it, and I didn't think it could be done. Once a guy fades away like that, you just don't expect to hear from him ever again. He hasn't been a productive player since 2004. To put that in perspective, Darius Watts and Rashaun Woods were receivers drafted ahead of Colbert that same year. I'm guessing a comeback isn't in the cards for either of those fellows.

Somehow, Keary Colbert Found His Way Back Onto An NFL Roster  from Yahoo! Sports

Despite the success the Kansas City Chiefs  had in 2010 in the running game, the offensive line had question marks...

...With all those question marks, the Chiefs had to pick up a quality lineman in the draft.  They chose Rodney Hudson.  But was Hudson worth the pick?

Kansas City Chiefs O-Line Spotlight: Rodney Hudson from Pro Football Spotlight

I mentioned these five categories after the season was over, but that was eight months ago. I try hard not to repeat myself unless I can put a new spin on something, but this is just too important to keep in mind if you are a Chiefs' fan.

Chiefs: Climbing Mount Everest from Upon Further Review

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