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Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. We kick it off with a great story about Tamba Hali and the work he's helping with in his home country of Liberia. Here's the link to Heart to Heart if you're interested in donating.

Jamie Squire

Chiefs' Hali lends support as Ebola epidemic rages from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

Hali joined officials from Heart to Heart International, based in suburban Kansas City, to announce Tuesday the construction of a clinic near the capital of Monrovia that will offer 70 beds for patients stricken by the virus.

"People are dying," Hali said, "and they're dying at a rapid rate."

Liberia has been among the hardest-hit nations at the center of the long outbreak, which has killed more than 3,000 people.

"The medical system is overwhelmed by the Ebola epidemic, and every doctor and health official said the biggest need is more Ebola treatment units," said Heart to Heart founder Dr. Gary Morsch. "The world must respond -- and urgently -- to get control of this outbreak."

Teaneck's Tamba Hali of Chiefs joins fight against Ebola from NorthJersey.com

Hali's stepfather, a pastor, helped smuggle him out of Liberia in 1994. During his senior year of high school, he told The Record about rebel soldiers firing at him and his family as they rode in a truck in the days leading up to his escape.

"Soldiers would come to the villages to destroy them," he said. "I would see planes coming in from overhead like birds and shooting at us."

He was forced to leave his mother, Rachel, behind and joined his father, Henry, who had come to the United States a year ahead of him. His mother eventually joined them.

Now his homeland is being attacked by the deadly virus and Hali has several relatives still living in Monrovia.

"They've been fortunate," Hali said. "My family that's there hasn't contracted Ebola."

KCChiefs.com Photos: Ebola Treatment Unit In Liberia

KCChiefs.com Video: Twitter Q&A: Tamba Hali

Chiefs Enter Bye Week After Loss from The Associated Press via The Mothership

The Chiefs seemed to have figured out their running game, which remains centered on Jamaal Charles. However, faced with critical third-and-shorts in the waning minutes against the 49ers, coach Andy Reid abandoned the run in favor of passes that kept falling incomplete.

On one occasion, the ball was batted down at the line of scrimmage.

It reminded many Chiefs cynics of the season-opener against the Titans, when Charles only touched the ball 11 times the entire game. Afterward, Reid acknowledged that he had been "negligent" in not getting the ball in the hands of his biggest playmaker.

On the Field with the Offensive Coaches from The Mothership

Q: Does Jamaal Charles focus on breaking the record?

BIENIEMY: "He doesn't. And one thing about Jamaal, he obviously is not a guy that focuses on himself. He's all about team goals, but in my opinion, I know this is a special deal for him.  And maybe I'm talking out of turn, but to say that he will become the leading rusher for this historical organization says a lot about him, says a lot about all the hard work and self-sacrifice that he's put into his profession. And that goes a long way. I am very, very proud of him, but also too, I am blessed and fortunate to have an opportunity just to be here."

Chiefs vs. 49ers: By the Numbers from The Mothership

The result wasn't what the Chiefs were looking for, but Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers showed that this team is close to where they want to be.

The Chiefs offense went up against one of the most physical front sevens in the entire NFL and matched their physicality.

Led by their offensive line, the Chiefs averaged 4.7 yards per rush against a team that was only giving up 3.5 through their first four games. The Chiefs offensive line had surrendered 13 sacks before Sunday's game, but on Sunday, they didn't allow a single sack.

Jordan Campbell and Justin Jones Released From Practice Squad from The Mothership

Campbell has been signed and released three different times since last January. He and Jones were both signed to the practice squad on September 16.

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Best yet to come for Chiefs TE Travis Kelce from Chiefs Digest

From making plays to the customary celebration dances, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has developed into a player tough to ignore on the football field.

But a potential scary scenario awaits opponents the rest of the season when the Chiefs return from the Week 6 bye.

The 6-5, 260-pound Kelce can only get better after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury.

The Film Don't Lie: Chiefs from ESPN

They could have extended more drives by going to Charles or Davis on third-and-short or medium-yardage situations. But against the 49ers, the Chiefs had seven third-down plays where they needed four or fewer yards to convert.

The Chiefs passed every time.

Chiefs RT Donald Stephenson's exact role still undetermined from Chiefs Digest

"Right now Ryan (Harris) is doing a nice job in there and we have some good continuity going in there on the offensive line," offensive line coach Andy Heck said Tuesday. "Getting Donald back in the mix, we'll just see how it goes."

The Chiefs named the 6-6, 312-pound Stephenson the starting right tackle during the offseason.

But Stephenson's suspension, which the NFL announced on Aug. 22, for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances threw the offensive line in flux.

Chiefs wisely turned to Thomas for big play from ESPN

This may have been overlooked because it was a busy fourth quarter ofSunday's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. But when the Chiefs were facing desperate times -- they were down by five points with 2:12 left and no timeouts remaining -- they turned to a rookie, De'Anthony Thomas, instead of Knile Davis as their returner for the kickoff after San Francisco's last field goal.

It didn't make a difference because Phil Dawson's kickoff went to the back of the end zone and was not returnable. But it's interesting and probably more than a little insightful into the Chiefs' thinking that they went with Thomas at such a crucial time.

Chiefs look forward to keeping RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas involved from Chiefs Digest

The first two official touches of his professional career came in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, and Chiefs rookie running back/wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas didn't disappoint.

The explosive Thomas totaled 45 yards, with 28 coming on a punt return and the other 17 yards resulting in a touchdown catch out of the backfield.

Indeed, Thomas proved worth the wait after missing the first four regular-season games with a hamstring injury.

Ford needs to recover from recent blunder from ESPN

"He didn't read the play right," Sutton said. "It was kind of a fake run-looking play to him. Then he went to his pass [coverage] responsibility. Obviously, it was a bad read on his part. He needed to come up and be part of the force there."

That's an understandable explanation. Still, the play makes it look as if Ford, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick, is afraid of contact. The Chiefs say that's not true and that, too, is believable. It's difficult to think Ford could survive a college career in the SEC at Auburn and become a first-round NFL draft pick if he lived in fear of opposing blockers and ball carriers.

Chiefs coaches address rookie OLB Dee Ford's Week 5 gaffe from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs aren't in a big rush with Ford, and rightfully so considering he is currently behind Pro Bowl outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the depth chart.

Ultimately, there's time this season for Ford to develop into an every-down player.

"As far as playing first and second down," Gibbs said, "he's in the learning process, he's making headway, he's doing a good job working hard, but we certainly understand where his strength lies."

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher continues to draw weekly praise from Chiefs Digest

[A]s coach Andy Reid said on Sept. 22, the day after Week 3's win against the Miami Dolphins, getting picked No. 1 overall comes with scrutiny.

Reid found himself answering another question about Fisher following Week 4's Monday night win against the New England Patriots.

"He's just gotten better and better and better," Reid said on Sept. 30. "Every week gets a little bit better.

Fast forward another week after Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers and the Chiefs coaching staff is starting to sound like a broken record.

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos returns to Tulane campus bestowing knowledge to former teammates from NOLA.com

Tucked in-between the shadow of Yulman Stadium and Turchin Stadium, a crowd of undersized-looking football players gathered in a loose-looking huddle. The Tulane special teams players were staring at the ground intently.

The ringleader? A 5-foot-8 Brazilian who used to rule these parts and now is the Kansas City Chiefs placekicker.

"I was telling them a little tip of where to start," former Tulane kicker Cairo Santos said. "When you get to a spot, always pick a corner of the hash because it gives the holder an easier target to look at. It's something that my holder taught me - Dustin Colquitt-so you always start from the same spot because it's all about consistency.

Vols For Life living up to name from The Tennessean

Two weeks ago, Peyton Manning spent the Denver Broncos' bye week attending the Vols' game at Georgia. Last week, Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James returned. And on Tuesday, offensive lineman Zach Fulton of the Kansas City Chiefs came back, just five months after he was drafted out of Tennessee in the sixth round.

Andy Reid regrets not using Jamaal Charles more from NFL.com

The most egregious play-call misstep came on the Chiefs' first possession of the fourth quarter when, trailing by two points, Reid selected a pass play on third-and-1 instead of running it with Charles. The pass fell incomplete, and the Chiefs had to punt. Kansas City got one more possession the rest of the game and lost by five points.

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks back on top with red-hot Cowboys up next from CBS Sports

17. Chiefs (18): The Chiefs are rounding into a solid team but the tough loss in San Francisco stung a bit. I think Kansas City is in the race for the long haul but the problem is division opponents Denver and San Diego..

Who would win the Super Bowl? from ESPN

'Tis Better to Have Rushed and Lost Than Never to Have Rushed at All: Ahead 10-6, Kansas City reached second-and-1 on the Santa Clara 40. The Chiefs threw incomplete then, on third-and-1, threw incomplete again. They lined up to go for it on fourth-and-1 but jumped offside. A second-and-1 at the 40 ended up as a punt from the 46; the 49ers took the ball the other way for a touchdown. On the day when the Chiefs averaged 4.7 yards per rush, had they run on either second-and-1 or third-and-1, the game outcome might have been different.

NFL power rankings Week 6: Colts, Packers move up in the Fancy Stats rankings from The Washington Post

13. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3), Last week's ranking: 10

It appeared Andy Reid out-coached himself. Despite running back Jamaal Charles averaging 5.3 yards per carry (2.7 yards after contact), Reid kept calling for passing plays on third and one, converting on just six of 11 first down attempts.

Sports columnist Terry Foster talks recent fumbles by the NFL and U-M's football program from Detroit Metro News

MT: Switching gears now. The NFL was criticized recently after Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was penalized for praying after he scored a touchdown. Considering Tim Tebow made a thing out of praying after he scored, how'd the league botch this so bad?

Foster: It was embarrassing but not surprising. It shows that the NFL and officials are out of touch. I bet they did not know that Abdullah was praying. They probably thought he was clowning. There is no excuse.

They knew Tim Tebow was making a Christian gesture with his prayer. But they did not recognize a Muslim praying. Maybe this gives us a better understanding of how the NFL made out of touch decisions on domestic abuse and other big issues. The NFL is so out of touch it's pathetic.

Ex-Chiefs RB Larry Johnson charged with battery from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

Miami-Dade County jail records show that Johnson was booked at 7:33 a.m. Tuesday. He was being held on $7,500 bail.