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Thursday's news on the KC Chiefs

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Justin Houston returns to Chiefs practice but probably won’t play Sunday | The KC Star

But Chiefs coach Andy Reid made it clear that Houston, who was cleared for football-related activities last week, is still a little ways from contributing in a game. When asked, Reid shot down the possibility that Houston, who remains on the physically unable to perform list, has a chance of playing Sunday against New Orleans.

"I'd probably bet against that one," Reid said. "That's not what I'm looking at."

Surgery for Justin March, Allen Bailey | The KC Star

Burkholder said there's a chance Gaines, who had a MRI this week, will be back for practice Thursday.

Saints DE Paul Kruger 'feeling good' with hope for return against Chiefs |

The 30-year-old did not participate in practice Wednesday but said he hoped to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Saints last week listed Kruger as questionable after he did not practice. "I'm feeling good," he said. "Hopefully, I will be back this week. It's a tough deal."

Dolphins claim DL Nick Williams off waivers | The Phinsider

The Miami Dolphins may have lost safety Reshad Jones for the season with a torn rotator cuff, but they've beefed up their defensive line. The team claimed lineman Nick Williams off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday, hoping he can help them in the trenches.

Chiefs vs. Saints: Injury Report |

A look at the injuries going into the Chiefs Week 7 matchup against the Saints

Bailey Won’t Be Easy To Replace, But Chiefs Drafted Jones for a Reason |

As for who could fill in for Bailey right away, that will likely be this year’s second-round pick, rookie DE Chris Jones. Speaking with the media Wednesday, Jones explained his eagerness for this Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. "This is an opportunity that I'm going to take advantage of," Jones said. "I wish injury on no one. This don't come by often. I'm going to utilize the ability to execute this defense, play hard and make plays."

Wrong became right for Chiefs DT Chris Jones | The KC Star

"I actually ran the wrong play," Jones said. "If I hadn't have made that play I probably would have been cussed out, chewed out."

What happened?

"I spiked the gap," Jones said. "I was supposed to contain. Luckily, thank God, I was blessed enough to make the play."

Trades, injuries lead Chiefs to make roster moves | The KC Star

In truth, none of the newcomers figures to be taking on much load this weekend. Their additions are primarily for depth, moves designed to help the Chiefs in the event of another injury.

The trade of Davis started the domino effect, though. The decision to cut ties with a former third-round pick gave the Chiefs roster flexibility and some modest salary cap savings, and relieved some of the pressure that was building at running back with three others already on the roster.

Saints-Chiefs chat: Beat reporters Herbie Teope, Terez Paylor discuss Week 7 matchup at 3:30 p.m. |

Saints-related questions are always welcome, but the chat will be joined by a very special guest, Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star, to respond to Chiefs-related questions.

Video: Chiefs' Chris Jones made confession about his big play in Oakland | The Kansas City Star

Saints play at KC: Brees says Saints can have success away from home, on grass | WGNO

The numbers are significant. Last season, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw 32 touchdown passes, 23 of those at home. The Saints were 1-5 in road games played on grass. Sunday the Saints play on grass at Kansas City. Brees said the numbers are not something he "stresses". He spoke to reporters Wednesday at the Saints facility.

Green Bay Packers acquire RB Knile Davis from Kansas City Chiefs | ESPN

"It's obviously a big challenge when you're on a short week, but he's definitely a talented young player," McCarthy said Tuesday. "So just looking forward to getting him into the mix and get going."

Jets notebook: Don't expect Geno Smith and the Jets to pull a KC Chiefs | Metro

Sure, the Jets (1-5) can try and duplicate what the Kansas City Chiefs accomplished last season when they began 1-5 and still made the playoffs, but this year’s Jets have a weird aura to them. In KC last year, there weren’t a ton of injuries to deal with (Eric Decker, David Harris, Breno Giacomini), or elite athletes suddenly falling off a cliff (Darrelle Revis), or a quarterback controversy – making this season’s plight for Gang Green so daunting.

Saints' Sean Payton, Chiefs' Andy Reid don't have major issues with Microsoft tablets |

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Wednesday afternoon in a conference call that he doesn't utilize the tablet as much as the rest of his coaching staff.

Alexis Brunk works in Chiefs front office | Columbia County News-Times

Brunk has become an integral part of the front office, helping plan events ranging from the team’s Draft Day party to the Partnership Summit to its Fantasy Camp. On game days, she stays extremely busy, arriving at the office at 5 a.m. for 1 p.m. kickoffs. She updates information for the field pass list and what VIPs expect at Arrowhead Stadium.

Lacy injury leads to deal for Davis | JS Online

On Tuesday, Davis arrived from Kansas City around 10 a.m., giving him about 4½ hours to take his physical, meet with his coaches, get fitted for practice gear and get down to Clarke Hinkle Field. With Lacy on the field watching and lending support, Davis mostly just watched the No. 1 offense operate with practice squad running back Don Jackson and wide receiver Ty Montgomery at Lacy's position.

Kansas City Chiefs' challenge: Slow down explosive New Orleans Saints | ESPN

WR Brandin Cooks: The Saints' passing game is dangerous because they spread it around quite a bit (10 different players caught passes last week), but Cooks has emerged as maybe their most dynamic weapon yet in the Brees-Sean Payton era. The speedy 5-foot-10, 189-pounder caught seven passes for a career-high 173 yards last week, including an 87-yard touchdown. He now has the two longest catches of the entire NFL season (also had a 98-yard TD against the Oakland Raiders in Week 1). The Saints drafted Cooks in the first round out of Oregon State in 2014. He has really broken out over his last 14 games, with a total of 11 TD catches.