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Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Clark Hunt and John Dorsey Travel to Meet with Eric Berry from The Mothership

Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, along with general manager John Dorsey flew to Atlanta on Monday to meet with safety Eric Berry and his family. Berry is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma.

"We sat for about two hours with Eric and it was just a wonderful time," Dorsey said. "I just want to reassure everybody that he's doing great. He looks great."

Berry is going through treatment at the Emory Lymphoma Program at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chiefs QB Tyler Bray suffers torn ACL; Terrelle Pryor signed from The Mothership

"Anytime one of your players suffers a significant injury like Tyler's it is disappointing and we hurt for the player," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "With Tyler's injury having a longer recovery time, we've signed quarterback Terrelle Pryor to a futures-reserve contract.

"As we've said before, we are always looking to add talented players to our roster and Terrelle was among the top players on our ready list at that position with his athleticism and experience. We believe having him in our quarterback room and working with our offensive coaches will enhance his growth."

Before his signing, Pryor and several other free agent players worked out for the Chiefs.

That workout impressed Dorsey.

Chiefs Sign 19 To Reserve/Futures Contracts from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the club has signed 19 players to reserve/futures contracts. Below is a look at each player.

2015 Senior Bowl: Schedule of Events, Practice Times and More from The Mothership

It's finally here.

The players have arrived here in Mobile, Alabama and so have all of the coaches and NFL staffs for the 2015 Senior Bowl. This is one of the most important weeks for NFL draft hopefuls to show NFL teams what they can do, and things get kicked off Tuesday morning with the National Football Scouting Weigh-In.

Here's the schedule of events this week, including practice times for both the North and South teams.

Five Observations from Tuesday's Senior Bowl Practices from The Mothership

More than 1,000 NFL personnel staff members, scouts and decision-makers began the evaluation process of the 110 players competing at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday.

With this many of the most important people in the NFL all in one place, the entire city of Mobile revolves around the Senior Bowl this week.

This is the time for these players to show teams what they can do and the NFL is once again well represented here in Mobile.

The players received their official measurements this morning at the Senior Bowl National Scouting Weigh-In and those results can be found here.

2015 NFL Draft: 74 Players Granted Special Eligibility from The Mothership

The National Football League announced today the names of 74 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2015 NFL Draft and 10 players who have graduated with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 30-May 2 draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

The following 10 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have graduated.  Consequently, they are eligible for selection in the 2015 Draft:

2014 Chiefs Positional Review: the Defensive Line from The Mothership

While DeVito entered camp at his familiar weight, just more than 300 pounds, dieting had turned his bad weight into good, and in interviews, he explained that he felt "as good and as strong as ever."

DeVito being so poised for a great season made it even more disheartening when he went down with a season-ending Achilles injury in the Chiefs' first game against the Tennessee Titans. But with the injury came a silver lining, an opportunity for another Chiefs player to earn his keep.

Stepping into the limelight all of a sudden was Jaye Howard, who after coming from the Seattle Seahawks via waivers, had the best season of his career to date.

101 Award Winners Announced from The Mothership

For the first time in its 45-year history, the NFL 101 Awards will honor five outstanding players instead of four after voters named Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown-both of the Pittsburgh Steelers-as co-winners of the AFC Offensive Player of the Year award. They will be joined by NFL superstars Aaron Rogers, J.J. Watt and Richard Sherman, along with coaches Bill Belichick and Bruce Arians, in receiving the year's top honors at the 45th Annual NFL 101 Awards.

Chiefs Respond to Boy Who Wrote All 32 Teams from The Mothership

Then this video surfaced of a local reporter noting that only the Panthers responded and then poked fun at Coy for his loyalty to the Chiefs.

Once the video was seen and the original letter was received, the organization wanted to thank this young diehard fan for standing up for his team in Oklahoma territory and being a part of the Chiefs Kingdom.

Over the weekend, I visited the Pope family in Oklahoma and, thanks to our wonderful community relations department, I brought along a bag packed full of Chiefs memorabilia.

I was able to surprise Coy at his home in Oklahoma with his favorite player's jersey, Alex Smith, along with a team signed football, a helmet signed by all of the 2014 Chiefs Pro Bowlers, Chiefs school supplies, a hat signed by Dustin Colquitt, a Chiefs Kingdom flag and much more. Photo Gallery: Wide Receivers Review

Chiefs backup QB Tyler Bray tears ACL from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs announced Tuesday that backup quarterback Tyler Bray suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

The offseason injury occurred at Bray's home and he is scheduled for surgery in the coming days, according to the Chiefs.

The 6-6, 215-pound Bray originally joined the Chiefs in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee.

Chiefs QB Bray tears ACL; team signs 19 to futures contracts from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

Among the players that Kansas City signed to futures deals was wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers. The former star began his career at Tennessee but transferred to Tennessee Tech after admitting to failing several drug tests.

What do the Pats and Seahawks do that the Chiefs don't? Simple: FINISH from FS Kansas City

Through Nov. 15, Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs teams are 15-3. After Nov. 15, the record dips to 5-10. Hmm.

"Well, you go back and look at everything, so that's what we will do," Reid said shortly after the book closed on 2014. "I don't have an answer for you right this minute. But I do know we need to get better."

So as The Countdown to St. Joe begins again this month, the theme of "Finish," the mantra of last summer, is back on the table again, a damn good idea still largely unrealized.

PFF's all-AFC West team shows that Chiefs underachieved from ESPN

Interesting stuff, as usual, from the good folks at Pro Football Focus. This time, they've put together their all-AFC West team, which reveals a few interesting things.

The Denver Broncos led the list with 11 selections, which is what you would expect from a team that finished 12-4 and won the AFC West by three games over the 9-7 Kansas City Chiefs and 9-7 San Diego Chargers.

The Chiefs, even though they weren't close to Denver in the standings, were right behind the Broncos with 10 all-AFC West selections.

Justin Houston loses to J.J. Watt for 101 award from ESPN

While it's difficult to argue with the choice of Watt as AFC defensive player of the year, Houston had an equally compelling claim to the award. He had 22 sacks, a half-sack from the NFL record set by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants. He was more than just a pass rusher. Houston was a superb in pass coverage and as run defender, making him a well-rounded player.

But Watt is the one AFC defender other than Houston worthy of the award.

Chiefs' Dontari Poe selected by Team Carter for Pro Bowl from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

Team Carter has Buffalo defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, and Dontari Poe of Kansas City, guards Mike Pouncey of Miami, Josh Sitton of Green Bay and Evan Mathis of Philadelphia.

Tyler Bray's injury shakes up Chiefs' QB picture from ESPN

The injury has plenty of ramifications. Assuming nine months from surgery to be a reasonable time frame for a return in the modern NFL, Bray wouldn't be back until October at the earliest. So his offseason, training camp and preseason will be spent with his knee on the mend and, realistically, his 2015 season is over.

For Bray, the question becomes how long the Chiefs are willing to wait for him to develop. It already has been two seasons since he arrived as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee, albeit one with uncommon ability. The Chiefs have kept him around for two seasons without any playing time because he has consistently shown the ability to make all the throws an NFL quarterback needs to make.

Success and Shortfalls in Effort to Diversify N.F.L. Coaching from The New York Times

When Herman Edwards was an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs in the early 1990s, his fellow assistant Mr. Dungy was thought to be head-coach material. But he and Mr. Edwards would lament the seemingly meaningless interviews that Mr. Dungy was given: perfunctory phone calls, for the most part, that would later be leaked to the news media so teams could claim they had interviewed a minority candidate.

Mr. Edwards, who said he was named the Jets' head coach in 2001 because the owner Woody Johnson had heard him speak at owners' meetings, said he liked the intent of the Rooney Rule. But he cautioned that repeated interviews without a job offer could create a stigma. Other teams, he said, might wonder, Why isn't anyone hiring this guy?

Plays that defined the season: Ron Parker looks like Darrelle Revis from ESPN

The Chiefs were hanging on to a 17-13 lead but the Bills had a first down at the Chiefs' 15 with 2:47 remaining.

Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins was covered by Chiefs journeyman cornerback Ron Parker, a pairing that looked like a mismatch. But Parker, left alone with Watkins, broke up a pass in the end zone. Parker would later break up two more passes as the Bills failed to score and the Chiefs would hold on for victory that improved their record to 6-3.

Parker was an unlikely hero for the Chiefs. He played so poorly in the preseason, he lost his starting spot. He got it back only because of injuries to other players.

Browns GM says friction between coaches and front office 'natural' from CBS Sports

"In every (building) I've been in, with the Atlanta Falcons, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns -- the teams I've been associated with -- there's always been a natural friction between front office and the coaches," Farmer said.

A good decision not to re-sign: Kendrick Lewis? from ESPN

Chiefs fans might have burned down Arrowhead Stadium if the Chiefs had re-signed Lewis last year. He was one of the goats in the Indianapolis Colts' comeback from a 28-point third-quarter deficit against the Chiefs in last season's playoffs.

The Chiefs had a better alternative in Husain Abdullah, who played well in 2014 as the starting free safety.

Baldwin can draw more motivation from 'Madden NFL' player ratings from SportingNews

Some of the teams with receiver groups rated higher in Madden than the Seahawks are the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns. There's even the Kansas City Chiefs, who didn't have a wide receiver catch a single touchdown pass all season, who rate out as having a trio better than Seattle. The only team that comes in lower is the Carolina Panthers.

NCAA honors McDaniels with Silver Anniversary Award from Emory News Center

On Jan. 16, McDaniels received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented to former student-athletes 25 years after the end of their college athletic careers. The award, given to McDaniels and five other recipients at the NCAA's national convention in Washington, celebrates achievements since graduation...

...At Oregon State, McDaniels faced life at a school where most students were white, but most student-athletes were black. He earned accolades as a defensive lineman for the OSU Beavers, served as president of his fraternity, helped organize the school's first vigil honoring Martin Luther King Jr., and graduated in just three years...

...After first playing for the Birmingham Fire in the World League of American Football, McDaniels moved to the NFL where he played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons. While playing professional football, he also found time to start two nonprofit organizations: the Arts for Smarts Foundation and the Fish Out of Water Writing Club, both geared toward elementary and middle school students. Following his nine-year NFL career, he earned a PhD in American studies at Emory, then joined the faculty.