Stone Johnson Died 50 Years Ago From Injury In NFL Game from USA Today
Amid the usual Super Bowl buildup that now more resembles circus than sport, Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard sounded an atypically somber note before last February's game. With increasing concern spreading across the NFL about on-field hits that end careers, Pollard said he feared an on-field hit could result in a death.
It's already happened, at least twice, and this week is the 50th anniversary of one of those tragedies.
Chiefs Trade LB Edgar Jones To Dallas from The Mothership
Cut-Down Day Reveals A Totally Reworked Chiefs Team from KC Star
General manager John Dorsey and Andy Reid trimmed 22 players and traded backup linebacker Edgar Jones to Dallas on Saturday, leaving the Chiefs with 52 players, one short of the NFL's 53-man, regular-season roster limit.
So when the Chiefs open the regular-season next Sunday at Jacksonville, they will have at least 26 new players - 13 on each side of the ball - including eight new starters.
And Dorsey and Reid aren't finished yet.
Chiefs Announce Roster Moves from The Mothership
"After taking our time in evaluating each player thoroughly, we've narrowed our roster down," said Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey. "The men we let go today put in a substantial amount of work for our club and we are grateful for their efforts. We feel like we have a good foundation and we will continue to look to build our roster in the best interests of the team."
Help will probably be on the way to augment this position. Free agent Anthony Fasano is the only player the Chiefs can count on right now at a position that appeared to be a strength when camp opened. Rookie Travis Kelce has been battling a nagging knee issue for two weeks but needs to fill the receiving role vacated by the released Tony Moeaki. Journeyman Kevin Brock, with his eighth team since 2009, can be used in some two-tight-end formations.
Progress Report: 2013 Chiefs Defense from The Mothership
Behind the D-line is the team's LB corps, headlined by Pro Bowl LB
Derrick Johnson. DJ is quick to admit, the linebackers don't thrive without the big fellas up-front taking care of business.
"The success I have is due to the guys up-front and they know it too," Johnson said. "With big
Dontari Poein the middle and Mike DeVito on the other side and Tyson Jacksonon the other side, when those guys don't do their job, I don't do my job and I let them know that too. Those guys do a great job for inside backers and my success goes to them."
Details Are In On Dallas Cowboys' Trade With Kansas City Chiefs For LB Edgar Jones from The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Cowboys traded their 2014 sixth-round draft pick Saturday night for Kansas City linebacker Edgar Jones and the Chiefs' 2014 seventh-round draft pick, according to a source.
Kansas City Chiefs Cut-Down Analysis from ESPN
By the numbers, the Chiefs didn't leave themselves short at any position but that doesn't mean they won't be looking closely at the waiver wire. They could use receiving help
at tight end, have little in the way of proven depth on the defensive line and unsuccessfully tried to identify a reliable fourth cornerback in the preseason.
Tony Moeaki Waived/Injured By Kansas City Chiefs from NFL.com
Moeaki, just 26, has a chance to continue his career if he can get healthy. Bandied about as a possible trade target for the New England Patriots this offseason, he'll need to pass through waivers before landing on the Chiefs' injured reserve list or, more likely, reaching an injury settlement and becoming a free agent.
Fun fact: Of Alex Smith's 81 career passing touchdowns, 32 of them, or 38.2 percent, landed in the hands of a tight end...
...Which, if you're Anthony Fasano, means things are open for business. And business is good.
"The field condenses down in the red zone, so there's tighter throws," the Chiefs' No. 1 tight end told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "You need big bodies in there to make tough catches. I think the tight end position is evolving into that type of player. And you know, if it works for the offense, and guys can do it, it's an advantage for them."
Chiefs Cut Draughn In Reaching 53-Man Limit from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Draughn was beaten out by second-year pro Cyrus Gray for the No. 3 running back job behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis. It may have come down to the Chiefs' preseason finale against the Packers, too, when Gray carried 13 times for 72 yards as the starters and most of the second team sat.
Draughn ran for 233 yards and two touchdowns while appearing in all 16 games last season.
No Real Big Surprises In Chiefs Cut from Warpaint Illustrated
Even though they've not played a single down yet, KC's 53-man roster is the most talented to open a season in a decade. The Chiefs have a few holes in regards to depth they could fill but hey are virtually two-deep at every position on the field. Furthermore, they've assembled a roster of football players that understand what it takes to play in the NFL and who have bought into Andy Reid's confidence that this team can win now.
"We don't want to peg-arm," he tells one defensive lineman. "You want to quickly jerk so you can make your moves."
Damion McIntosh speaks from experience. He's spent a lifetime shoving players around the football field. McIntosh spent two seasons playing on the offensive line for the Kansas City Chiefs, and a decade in all playing in the pros.