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Chiefs' Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito could be back for start of offseason training

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid is optimistic both will be ready.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to have both the Achilles' bros ready for offseason training. That would be LB Derrick Johnson and DE Mike DeVito, who both tore their Achilles in Week 1.

Andy Reid spoke to the media on Monday and said that he is optimistic that both will be back for the start of the Chiefs offseason training program, which begins in April.

"I think they will be," Reid said. "We'll just see how things roll there. You remember phase one (of the offseason program), if you're considering that, that's really just conditioning. That's not something where you're on the field. Phase two you're still conditioning and in the classroom. Phase three, now you're out there and that doesn't happen until later on so you buy a couple of extra months there. So I think most likely they will be. They've been working out together here, rehabbing. They've been challenging each other like crazy which is a neat thing to see going on."

A rough timeline of the phases Reid mentioned is that the first day the Chiefs can start their offseason program is April 20, which would be the start of phase one. Phase two would then be two weeks later in May and then phase three (with OTAs) would be three weeks after that in late May and June. So that would put the start of the offseason program 7-8 months after their injury.

This would be good news for the Chiefs defense if all goes well in their comeback.