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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/20

Good morning! We're back! There might have been a situation where I couldn't do yesterday's post and even though I wrote a text to get coverage I didn't press "send." That might have happened. Anyway, here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Have an excellent weekend!

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Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid Provides Various Updates on the Chiefs from The Mothership

Reid, who admitted he had a knee replacement this offseason, said that he was in good health and getting healthier, and the same could be said about some of his players who we last heard were dealing with injuries.

Quarterback Alex Smith?

"He's doing well. He's relaxing with family. Spleen's good so he's getting himself ready for the coming year."

Defensive leaders Mike DeVito and Derrick Johnson?

"They're doing well. The neat thing to watch is they work out together and challenge each other rehabbing together and so they push each other. Heck, both of them might be in the best shape of their lives right now."

Chiefs GM John Dorsey Gives Update on LB Justin Houston from The Mothership

While Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has all but said that Houston will be staying in Kansas City next year, whether by way of the franchise tag or otherwise, he provided an update on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that talks between the Chiefs and Houston's camp are ongoing.

"His representative is in town and I've had ongoing discussions with his representative," Dorsey said.

While much of the talk surrounding the combine deals with the 300-plus players auditioning for NFL teams, the gathering of coaches, personnel and front office staffs, as well as the players' agents, makes for a ripe environment for NFL business to get done.

"That's the great thing about having some of the agents here in this venue," Dorsey explained. "It gives you a chance to have discussions with their representatives."

A Look into John Dorsey at the Scouting Combine from The Mothership

It's 2:45 p.m.

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has been done with his Scouting Combine press conference for more than an hour, but he remains in the lobby.

Green Bay journalists want to talk about the olden days. He's happy to.

Kansas City beat writers want to talk about the current ones. He accommodates.

Old friends like Packers head coach Mike McCarthy want to say hello. He laughs with them.

It's been 23 years since the Chiefs' general manager started his post-playing career as a scout and guess what.

He still loves his job, and while head coach Andy Reid reigns the Kingdom in the regular season, the Scouting Combine begins his show, and it's showtime.

2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Day Two from The Mothership

Quarterback prospect Marcus Mariota tells the media he is going to throw at the combine

There was a question heading into the Scouting Combine as to whether Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota would throw the football.

He answered that question at his press conference Thursday to many media members' delight.

"Yes, I'll be throwing," he said. "It was something I decided. I felt that I was ready and prepared to do it."

Mariota had been dealing with a shoulder issue, but he said that now it feels good.

Chiefs Cheerleader Workshops & Auditions from The Mothership

The Chiefs are looking for 33 amazing ladies to represent the organization for the 2015 season. Those girls are found through an intense three-day audition process where the candidates are able to showcase their talent.

Auditions will be held March 13th-15th at Arrowhead Stadium. There is still plenty of time to attend one of the many workshops to help in your preparations for auditions. Video: Arrowhead Update 2/20: NFL Scouting Combine Video: Sal Paolantonio: "Chiefs will win their division" Video: Clark Hunt on the State of the Chiefs Video: Chiefs Replay: The Battle for Momentum in Miami Video: 2015 Scouting Combine: John Dorsey Video: Chiefs Replay: Offense Turns It On in Miami Video: John Dorsey: "By no means are we satisfied"

ESPN Video: To Tag Or Not To Tag?

Buckle up, Chiefs fans: If Houston stays, another popular vet likely goes from FS Kansas City

He was going to be tagged right away. Then he was going to sign the tender right away.

And then he wasn't.

They don't call it the silly season for nothing.

The upside for Kansas City Chiefs fans is that a contract (and, justifiably, a raise) for Justin Houston still feels like a "when" and not an "if..."

..The four major questions regarding Big No. 50 are the same ones now, more or less, that they were in October:

1. Tag or extension?

2. When does this get done?

3. How much will he get?

4. Who gets lopped in order to cover it?

Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi met with Chiefs from Chiefs Digest

Ogbuehi told in the hallway after his main media session the Chiefs talked to him about right tackle.

And that spot is a position of need considering the Chiefs' 2014 starter, Ryan Harris, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.

While he can play offensive tackle and guard, Ogbuehi said he is willing to do what is required.

"I'll play whatever," Ogbuehi said.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif figures in Chiefs' OL plans from ESPN

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a name that many Kansas City Chiefs fans have already forgotten. No reason to recall it last year, really. Duvernay-Tardif, an offensive lineman and a sixth-round draft pick last year, didn't get into a single game for the Chiefs as a rookie.

Just don't forget about Duvernay-Tardif as the Chiefs proceed through their offseason and get to training camp. The Chiefs haven't. The medical school student who played at McGill University in Canada looks to be very much in the Chiefs' plans this year, most likely at guard.

Fans should like Andy Reid's explanation on WR moves from ESPN

"There are some things he needs to work on and he'll do that,'' Reid said. "We kind of put [Jenkins] through what we needed to put him through and worked our way through what we needed to.'' 

Translation: The Chiefs aren't going to wait on unproductive players for development, at least not at wide receiver. 

Any Chiefs fan who watched their unproductive receivers last year should applaud.

Big wide receivers on the Chiefs' radar from Chiefs Digest

"I think this draft class, the receiver position, I think there is some depth there," Dorsey said. "They are very similar to the draft class of last year, but I think the overall depth of this speaks volumes. There's players to be had in this draft class that can help contribute."

The Chiefs are in the market to bolster the wide receiver position after last season. Gone are Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins, and no Chiefs wide receiver scored a touchdown or had 800 yards receiving.

The Chiefs face the dilemma of Dorial Green-Beckham from ESPN

"All the decisions I've made, I wish I could take it back," Green-Beckham said at a news conference. "It happened. I was young. I made mistakes. I understand that. I just want to focus on one thing and just look forward to just this draft and being the best I can be."

Now it's up to NFL teams to decide whether that answer is satisfactory. Green-Beckham will be telling them in private what he said publicly Thursday.

The Kansas City Chiefs, who are in the market for receivers after having an unproductive group last season and releasing Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkinsthis week, are among the teams looking into Green-Beckham. General manager John Dorsey said the Chiefs would visit with Green-Beckham in the next couple of days.

Five things we learned at combine: Chiefs from ESPN

Situations with Bowe, Hali murky: It was clear from my talk with Dorsey that he would prefer the Chiefs retain wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and linebacker Tamba Hali. But he gave me no promises they would be able to do so. Each carries a bloated salary-cap figure (Bowe $14 million, Hali about $12 million) for a team that would have to make more moves to carry a potential $13 million cap number for Houston as the franchise player. Dorsey praised the value Bowe and Hali bring to the Chiefs. On Bowe: "He would probably tell you himself that he didn't live up to his high standards but now we have 2015 to come back to." On Hali: "I love everything he stands for as a player."

Free-agent decisions on horizon for Chiefs from Chiefs Digest

Will the team re-sign the likes of center Rodney Hudson, outside linebacker Justin Houston, defensive back Ron Parker, linebacker Josh Mauga and right tackle Ryan Harris, among others, before the start of the league's calendar year on March 10?

The good news is the Chiefs' decision makers and various player representatives are in the perfect spot at the NFL Scouting Combine to help answer the dilemma.

"That's the great thing about having some of the agents here in this venue as well," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "It gives you a chance to have discussions with their representatives."

GM John Dorsey addresses Justin Houston, Dwayne Bowe, Tamba Hali from ESPN

The questions regarding Bowe, the Chiefs' only veteran wide receiver still under contract, and Hali dealt with the Chiefs' ability and willingness to retain both at their current salary-cap figures. Bowe is to cost the Chiefs $14 million against the cap this year, Hali about $12 million.

"We've done a pretty good job in terms of laying out our plan moving forward here,'' Dorsey said. "Let's just wait and see what pans out. I've got so much time left. I've got all kinds of different scenarios.''

Chiefs' Andy Reid using cane after knee replacement surgery from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

Reid skipped attending the Senior Bowl because of the procedure, which occurred after the Chiefs finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. He joked that he "won't be starting on PUP" -- the physically unable to perform list for players that are recovering from injuries.

KC Chiefs 3-Round Mock Draft - Pre-Combine from Pro Football Spot

Round 1 (18th Overall) - Shaq Thompson, LB/S, Washington

The top 2 wide receivers will be off the board when the Chiefs select. Mike Mayock seems to think Devante Parker could be available, but I tend to doubt that. If Mayock is correct, Parker would be the selection. He would be the best available and fill the top need. After Parker there is a significant drop-off at wide receiver. The team will look to the best player available for their scheme.

Husain Abdullah gave the Chiefs a lot of good reps at LB in the nickel defense last season. His coverage skills are good for that position but at 6'0" 204 lbs, he proved a liability against the run. Thompson is an inch taller and 20+ lbs heavier than Abdullah and can stand up to the run much better. He is hybrid linebacker/safety.

Chiefs reportedly have shot at signing Jeremy Maclin from 247 Sports

The general consensus is that the Eagles will find a way to keep star wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in Philadelphia.

Not so fast, says NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He reported Thursday that Maclin, a free agent on March 10, could land with the Chiefs and his former coach Andy Reid. The two-time All-American at Missouri is a native of "The Show Me State" and went to high school in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood.

One-man, five-round fantasy football mock draft from

5. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (RB5): Charles experienced a decline in statistics across the board last season, but he still ranked among the top fantasy running backs in the league. A speedster who can take it to the house any time he touches the football, he's a lock to remain one of the first five players selected at his position. He'll enter the season at 28 years old.

Sources Tell Us: What we heard on Day 2 of scouting combine from

The scoop: "Physically, we think he has all the gifts in the world. We've all admired him. All of us who have been in the state of Missouri and the Kansas City area have seen him afar, have admired his physical traits. I think now what people want to do is get a feel for him as a person, see where he is at this state. Just see where he is, that's what we are doing. We will be meeting him in the next couple days and I look forward to it." -- Chiefs GM John Dorsey on WR Dorial Green-Beckham

The skinny: Dorsey was surprisingly candid in a setting where team reps at the combine rarely say anything specific on players. There's no doubt the Chiefs will be in the market for a wide receiver (or two). Remarkably, the Chiefs haven't had a wide receiver catch a touchdown since Dec. 8, 2013, or in the last 19 regular-season games

8 orthopedic surgeons who are famous outside of orthopedics from Becker's Spine Review

Mark Adickes, MD, is co-medical director of the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann in Houston. However, he didn't begin training as a physician until after he was 31 years old and had a career in the National Football League behind him. Dr. Adickes was an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins. His last season with the Redskins, 1984, the team won the Super Bowl. After retiring from the NFL, Dr. Adickes was accepted into Harvard Medical School and later completed a fellowship at The Steadman Clinic. In addition to his clinical work, he also has appeared on Fox Sports Net.

HISTORY WITH HAYES: Thomas Jones debuts as an actor from

Thomas Jones is proving to be just as versatile at life as he was in athletics.

The Southwest Virginia sports icon made his big-time acting debut on Tuesday's episode of the BET drama series, "Being Mary Jane." He was cast as a guy named Brandon, a love interest of the main character portrayed by the gorgeous Gabrielle Union.

Lucky guy, huh?

Former Saints lineman Kyle Turley continues to speak out about painkiller use in NFL from

Turley said in the video the St. Louis Rams in 2003 failed to properly address a concussion. He said the team also used painkillers to mask a leg injury he later learned was "a tell-tale sign of a back injury" that later led to his release from the team.

"When you're a doctor that has all these credentials and accolades, and he's a team doctor in the National Football League, you tend to believe him," Turley said in the video.

Turley played for the Saints from 1998 to 2002. He played one season with the Rams in 2003, and played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006 and '07.


He started on that path at the Senior Bowl in January, where he was consistently rated among the top wideouts at the event. Going into the combine, Scout's NFL mock draft muncher, which averages mock drafts from across the internet, has him as a potential first-round pick of the New England Patriots at No. 32 overall. One draft has him going as high as 18 to the Kansas City Chiefs.