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Donald Stephenson returns to Kansas City Chiefs from 4-game suspension

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Suspended four games to start the season, Donald Stephenson returns to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Not only are we waking up to a Kansas City Chiefs team that delivered a blow to the New England Patriots and not only are we awaiting a baseball playoff game in Kansas City tonight, but the Chiefs are also getting one of their best offensive linemen back.

Donald Stephenson returns from his four-game suspension today.

As you remember, Stephenson, who was set to be the Chiefs starting right tackle, was suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league's rules on PEDs. The Chiefs replaced him with Ryan Harris and we were all very, very concerned about it. While the line has not been perfect, the Chiefs survived their four game stretch without Stephenson.

With Stephenson back, you can likely expect him to return to his starting role at right tackle. A month is a long time to be away so I don't know how long the Chiefs will take in getting Stephenson back up to speed.

The return of Stephenson is very good news for the Chiefs as they await a Week 5 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Outside of Seattle, the 49ers might be the best defense the Chiefs face all season. Good timing to get their starting tackle back.

This is an especially good day for Stephenson because it's also his birthday.

I am guessing Stephenson will take the roster spot occupied by Joe McKnight, who is likely headed to IR with a torn Achilles (yeah, another one of those).