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Good morning! We have a full post of Kansas City Chiefs news for you today. Sadly, we begin with a player who is on the wrong side of the law. Enjoy.

Chiefs cornerback Donald Washington was arrested Thursday in Effingham, Ill., and has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, marijuana possession, driving on a suspended license and speeding, according to court documents.

Chiefs Cornerback Arrested In Illinois Traffic Stop from KC Star

Judge Ericka Sanders set bond at $20,000. The relatively high bond was set because authorities believe more charges might be pending. Deters said police found crushed pills during a search after Washington's arrest and believe they may be a controlled substance. The pills were sent away for testing, he said.

NFL Player Arrested In Effingham from The Effingham Daily News

Baldwin emerged from the offseason program as one of the team's biggest winners. The next step is from him to keep that progress going in St. Joseph.

One of the silver linings in Dwayne Bowe's absence from offseason workouts was Baldwin's ability to get more repetitions Matt Cassel. Between Baldwin's preseason hand injury delaying his debut and Cassel's hand injury curtailing the quarterback's 2011 season, the pair worked together in just four games last year.

Heartland Health Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers from The Motherhship

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Being the forgotten man in a group of talented linebackers never angered Brandon Siler. But the same can't be said for Siler's frustrating span of missed practices at the beginning of offseason workouts.

"It's my job to go out there and do what I do, and I can't do that right now," said Siler spending the first half of OTAs rehabbing his injured Achilles. "So I shouldn't be talked about."

Chiefs fans might be talking about Siler soon enough, though. After missing all of 2011, the veteran linebacker is motivated to contribute in any way possible to the 2012 Chiefs.

Heartland Health Training Camp Preview: Inside Linebackers from The Mothership

Running back Jackie Battle toured Chargers Park back in March.

Then came April. And May. And June.

Finally in July, with training camp set to begin next week, he came to terms with the team, reaching a one-year deal.

He will sign his contract next week, agent Leonard Roth said.

Chargers See 'Triple Value' In Battle from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Berry worked out with some of the Vols on Thursday - the day before he took part in the D1 Elite Defensive Skills Camp and the Eric Berry Iron Sharpens Iron Camp at Grace Christian Academy.

"I'm good," Berry said when asked about his knee Friday. "I actually had the privilege to go out (Thursday) and do one-on-ones with guys on the (UT) team. It was very, very competitive, very good."

Berry said he got all positive vibes while being around his former teammates at the UT campus.

Eric Berry Talks About Injury, Tennessee Football from Go Vols Xtra

Former Lincoln High School athletes Elvis Akpla, 23, and Ethan Johnson, 22, have spent at least a month training with L.O. Physical Therapy to prepare to win spots on the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. Both have worked hard for the opportunity, and both have prepared for a future without football.

Clakamas County Roundup from Oregon Live

Topeka-born, Kansas City-based vocalist Ron Gutierrez is seeking some hometown help to win the opportunity to sing the national anthem before a Chiefs game in Arrowhead Stadium.

Gutierrez, a 1989 graduate of Hayden High School who sang with the U.S. Army Chorale, is one of five finalists in the Voice of the Kingdom contest that is part of the Chief's 50th anniversary celebration.

Gutierrez Seeks Votes To Sing At Arrowhead from The Topeka Capital-Journal

When Brandon Siler, Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel all ended their 2011 season on injured reserve, fans had to hope that the prospect of that sequel - won't play out this year in Kansas City.

The Chiefs open camp in less than a week and at some point each of the injured players will need to be medically cleared - before they can set foot on the Missouri Western fields. So assuming they all are cleared, what can we really expect from the recovering wounded this year.

Healthy Chiefs Key To Camp from Warpaint Illustrated

Similar language is used for each of the 37 plaintiffs in Smith's lawsuit: "As a result of the head trauma suffered during his playing career, Bruce Smith suffers from symptoms associated with multiple traumatic brain injury and CTE."

Longtime St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants running back Ottis Anderson and six-time Pro Bowl defensive back Deron Cherry from the Kansas City Chiefs are also included in the lawsuit.

Former Bills, Redskins Great Bruce Smith Sues NFL Over Concussions from The Washington Times

Kansas City is another team that was wiped out by injuries last year and if healthy they could be a factor in the AFC West. QB Matt Cassel, running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki are all looking to rebound from injuries but if they can return to 2010 levels the Chiefs will contend. One concern about KC I have is they took the interim head coaching tag off of Romeo Crennel (Todd Haley fired just before the Packers game last season) and made him the full time head coach. This almost never works and I can't believe GM Scott Pioli could be duped into such a move off a two and one finish under Crennel a failure as a head coach in Cleveland.

Surprise Team? from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

During a typical year, the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity might build three or four homes for needy residents in the Joplin community...

...Just this year, the organization has completed construction on 17 homes in the area and is currently in the construction process on 31 others. By the end of the year - despite an extraordinarily hot and limiting summer - Clayton said the group expects to have built 65 homes.

Habitat for Humanity has received a boost from Missouri collegiate and professional sports teams. Through Gov. Jay Nixon's "Habitat Challenge," sports teams have visited Joplin this summer to volunteer on the organization's local projects.

Habitat For Humanity Aiding Joplin Housing Recovery from Missouri Sports Magazine

Let's look at the Chiefs. They might not have been a big story this offseason, but while the world was focusing on Peyton's arrival in Denver, Scott Pioli smuggled some gems into K.C.'s already-loaded locker room.

The defense should be terrific, as high-pedigree safety Eric Berry returns from knee surgery to join Brandon Flowers (the league's most anonymous shutdown corner), leading tackler Derrick Johnson, sack-master Tamba Hali and rookie blobby boulder Dontari Poe. On offense, Peyton Hillis will provide the brawny yin to the returning Jamaal Charles' yang. Sophomore home-run hitter Jon Baldwin will further validate the first-round pick the Chiefs spent on him. And finally, Grade-A right tackle Eric Winston -- late of the Texans -- and a couple of rookies will strengthen the O-line. Throw in Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster and Steve Breaston, and this juggernaut figures to be Matt Cassel-proof. How good? Good enough to win the AFC West. Guaranteed.

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