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Kansas City Chiefs work out 3 free agent linebackers after Derrick Johnson's injury

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The KC Chiefs are looking for help to replace Derrick Johnson, who was lost for the season.

Leon Halip

The Kansas City Chiefs lost DE Mike DeVito and went to free agency to replace him with former Bronco Kevin Vickerson. With Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson also lost for the season with an Achilles' injury, the Chiefs worked out three veteran linebackers, two of which have Packers ties -- Desmond Bishop, Nick Barnett and Marvin Mitchell.

The Chiefs are off on Tuesdays, which is the day most workouts in the NFL occur.

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Bishop, 30, and Barnett, 33, are former Packers draft picks so GM John Dorsey has some familiarity with them. Bishop, if you recall, was a free agent last summer and the Chiefs were said to be interested. Bishop ended up signing with the Vikings and then blowing out his ACL. He spent this offseason with the Cardinals.

Barnett was with the Packers from 2003-2010 before joining the Bills and Redskins the last few seasons. Mitchell was a 2007 seventh round pick by the Saints where played until 2010. He also spent time with the Dolphins and Vikings the last few seasons.

Currently replacing DJ is James Michael-Johnson, who is a better fit for the Chiefs subpackages rather than as a full time player.

Placing DJ and DeVito on IR opened up two roster spots. One of those will be taken by Vickerson while the other is expected to be used for Dwayne Bowe, who returns from suspension.