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

Stephen Dunn

Andy Reid Press Conference 10/22 from The Mothership

Q: After looking at the video, what are your thoughts about how things worked out in the corner on Sunday? Are you planning on going that way again?

REID: "Yeah, there's a chance that we do that. So, there were some good things that (Jamell) Fleming did. I think he settled down as the game went on. I think his juices were running obviously early. I thought he did a pretty nice job there. (Phillip) Gaines, I thought, did a good job on the inside and when he had chances on the outside, he did a nice job there. I came out feeling positive about that. Is there room to improve? Yeah, we've got to continue to get better there."

10/22 Practice Recap: Kansas City Chiefs Prepare for St. Louis Rams' Nasty D-Line from The Mothership

Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher will be tasked with neutralizing Quinn Sunday in a role by now he's familiar with. Already this year, the second-year left tackle has been matched up against some of the most elite rushers in the league in DeMarcus Ware (Broncos), Chandler Jones (Patriots) and Justin Smith (49ers).

Seeing that success, Reid is maintaining confidence in his left tackle.

"It's a great test and he'll prepare himself out here," he said. "[He'll] get himself ready to play against a great football player."

Chiefs Head Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder on RB Jamaal Charles from The Mothership

"I just want to address the situation with Jamaal (Charles) based on the interview he gave to ESPN Radio yesterday. I'll take you to Sunday at the (Chargers) stadium when he got the hit I obviously checked with him and he was fine. I know Coach (Reid) talked to him a good bit there. I came back and checked with him, consulted with our team physician and he was absolutely asymptomatic, wasn't complaining about anything. Went through the game and obviously we check on those guys as they come off almost every series, nothing. Checked with him after the game and nothing. And then I know Coach (Reid) spent a good amount of time with him on the airplane and noticed nothing. He came in Monday and worked out with our strength coaches, lifted full, ran - no symptoms, didn't complain to any of us. Yesterday I got word that he had done an interview and said that he had symptoms during the game. Immediately we put our protocol into place to see whether he had a concussion or not.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leads Chapel Service on Chiefs Gameday from The Mothership

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is joining with the Kansas City Chiefs to offer a non-denominational pregame chapel service for Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium who may miss their normal Sunday worship opportunities due to Chiefs games.

FCA Faith and Family Chapel, which will be held inside of the East Pavilion on the south side of Arrowhead Stadium, will be led by Chiefs Chaplain Phillip Kelley alongside guest community leaders each week there is a noon home game.

Chiefs Hosted TeamSmile at Arrowhead Stadium from The Mothership

The Chiefs Community Caring Team, along with TeamSmile and the United Way hosted the 9thannual Hometown Huddle event at Arrowhead Stadium, which provided complimentary dental care and education to local youth in need.

"There were tons of kids at Arrowhead to get free dental work, meet some of the players, dance and just have fun," Dustin Colquitt said. "There was a DJ and all the kids were dancing, there were TVs on showing cartoons, plus, there were Play 60 stations set up to teach kids about eating right and staying active. TeamSmile, Shadow Buddies, United Way and all of these incredible dentists made this event awesome for these kids."

What's in a Number? from The Mothership

The Chiefs policy, determined by founder Lamar Hunt, held that a player number would only be considered for retirement at the time of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To date, 10 Chiefs numbers have been retired.

Prior to this decision, which was made sometime in the 1990s, the franchise had on occasion done so for players who did not reach that threshold for reasons we can only surmise. It was likely the case of wanting something to pass along to the family of a young man like Mack Lee Hill, who died tragically as the result of an on-field injury he had suffered while an active player for the team. His number was retired as was Stone Johnson's number "33," and the latter had never even played in a regular season game. Johnson had died on the field in a pre-season game in Wichita. Video: Locker Room Sound 10/22 Video: Twitter Q&A: Cairo Santos Video: Arrowhead Update 10/22: Stopping Rams Front Four Video: Mayock's Slant: Alex Smith a franchise QB Podcast: Chiefs Download 10/23

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles passed concussion tests from Chiefs Digest

Charles, who took a big hit from San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers in Week 7, described potential symptoms of a concussion.

"It definitely hurt," Charles said. "A couple plays later, I just (saw) this light buzz around my eyes and I was trying to catch them. But I was like, ‘Let's get the ball and run again.'"

Charles went on to indicate the Chiefs didn't check him for a concussion because in his words, "I didn't have a concussion."

Chiefs' Charles passes battery of concussion tests from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

In the past few years, concussions have become a major story line in the NFL. Numerous former players have filed lawsuits alleging the league failed to properly handle head injuries, and traumatic brain injuries have been linked to the suicides of several players. Among them is Jovan Belcher, a former teammate of Charles who killed his girlfriend and himself two years ago.

After the Chiefs learned of the radio interview, they called Charles into the team facility Tuesday night and began testing him, Burkholder said. The Chiefs also consulted with neurological experts at the University of Pittsburgh and had the team doctors examine Charles.

Burkholder said the three-time Pro Bowler passed all of the tests.

Former college teammates reunite with Chiefs from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs' signing of cornerback Jamell Fleming from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad on Sept. 12 placed him in new surroundings for the third time since 2012.

But the third-year pro shared a lot in common with a current Chiefs player, and that helped ease the transition.

Fleming and right tackle Donald Stephenson were college teammates at Oklahoma, and both were third-round draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Stephenson went 74th overall, while Fleming went six picks later to the Arizona Cardinals.

Alex Smith's career took dramatic turn in last game vs. Rams from ESPN

The game is another in a reunion tour of sorts for Smith. The Chiefs played in San Francisco three weeks ago. They met the Chargers last week in San Diego, Smith's hometown.

Now it's a more painful memory. Smith after a running play fell awkwardly and was hit in the back of the head by St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. That was, other than a lone pass attempt in a meaningless game at the end of the season against Arizona, for all intents ahnd the end of Smith's San Francisco career.

Smith was reluctant this week to speculate where his career might be now if not for the concussion. He merely said, "I remember the game, remember it well."

Chiefs likely to maintain status quo at cornerback positions from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs offered a new look at the cornerback positions against the San Diego Chargers in Week 7 and the early returns showed success.

Third-year pro Jamell Fleming started at left cornerback in place of Marcus Cooper, while rookie Phillip Gaines started at the nickel position for Chris Owens, who sat out with a knee injury.

It appears the Chiefs are likely to stick with that formula Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Revising list of Jamaal Charles' best games from ESPN

In case you missed it, during the bye week I issued my list of Jamaal Charles' best five games for the Kansas City Chiefs. I didn't go with the best statistical games necessarily, though naturally some of them are going to be on the list. The only requirement I had was that the Chiefs had to win the game for it to make the list. I wasn't going to list a game that the Chiefs lost.

Now, after Charles broke Priest Holmes' record for career rushing yardage for the Chiefs, I have to add this game to my list in the No. 5 spot.

Jamaal Charles - Record Breaker from Arrowheads Abroad

Last Sunday Jamaal Charles broke Priest Holmes franchise record of 6070 rushing yards. With a long and rich list of great Chiefs running backs such as Christian Okoye, Marcus Allen and Larry Johnson, it is some achievement to be standing alone on the top of this list.  So how did he get here?  What are the high and low lights of what is already a truly unforgettable career?  And more importantly, how many yards will he end up with?

Chiefs add Lima Senior's Pughsley to practice squad from

Pughsley, a two-year starter at offensive tackle for the University of Akron, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the NFL draft but was waived when he suffered a torn bicep.

Tom Watson resurfaces from Ryder Cup exile at the World Series from Golf Digest

Multiple Tweeters noted the golfing legend's presence but it was a photo with Major League Baseball's Joe Torre that got the most social media traction. It didn't hurt that Anchorman star Paul Rudd and Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt joined the shot.

Nelson Bunker Hunt, Texas oil baron who lost much of his fortune, dies at 88 from The Washington Post

Nelson Bunker Hunt was born Feb. 22, 1926, in El Dorado, Ark., and grew up in Tyler, Tex. In 1938, his father moved the family into a Dallas mansion that was a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon. When H.L. Hunt died in 1974, his estate was worth about $2 billion.

Mr. Hunt served in the Navy during World War II and briefly attended the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University in Dallas before joining one of the family oil businesses.

Mr. Hunt had five brothers and sisters who lived to adulthood. One brother, Lamar Hunt, who died in 2006, was owner of the Kansas City Chiefs football team.

Rams missing key players in Wednesday's practice from ESPN

...the Rams practiced without starters such as receiver Kenny Britt (ankle), guard Rodger Saffold (knee), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee), safety T.J. McDonald (concussion) and defensive end William Hayes (illness). McDonald must go through the steps to pass the proper concussion tests before returning to the mix.

Rick Gosselin's NFL rankings: Eagles closing in on Cowboys' lofty perch from The Dallas Morning News

18. Kansas City. At 3­-3, the Chiefs are a far cry from the 9­-0 start of coach Andy Reid's first season in 2013.

Manning among AFC's top players for Week 7 from The Charlotte Observer

Kansas City kicker Cairo Santos was also nominated for the special teams award after connecting on all three of his field goal attempts, including a 48-yard kick with 21 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter that lifted the Chiefs to a 23-20 win over San Diego.