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Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Justin Houston 'probably' won't play on Sunday | The Kansas City Star

"We’ll just keep practicing him — we’ll see how he does," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Houston, who returned to practice last week after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. "He’s not there yet, but he did look good last week. We’ll take it day-by-day and see how he does."

What We Learned from Andy Reid's Press Conference |

Q: What about Phillip Gaines?

REID: "He did come in this morning, and he was feeling a little bit better today. I thought he felt a little bit better yesterday and felt better today. So, I think we just take it day-by-day here and see how he does. Again, he’s a lot younger than these other guys that we’ve talked about, but again, same deal. You have to go off of how he’s feeling. That’s one of those positions where you get a lot of torque on that thing, and then, you have to run fast. So, if they don’t feel right, then, you have to back off that."

Chiefs vs. Saints: Snap Judgments |

According to Pro Football Focus, Alex Smith had a perfect quarterback rating (158.3) against the blitz, completing 7 of 9 for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Those two touchdowns also give Smith a total of 68 during his time in a Chiefs uniform, which moved him into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time list.

Chiefs taking no chances with Jamaal Charles, Justin Houston | ESPN

Houston, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list, began practicing with the Chiefs last week. They have two more weeks in which to promote him to the active roster, or he won’t be able to play this season. The Chiefs plan to activate Houston within that time period, but he won’t play against the Colts.

How high will Andy Reid go on list of coaching victories? | ESPN

Reid stands 14th on the all-time win list with a record of 176-123-1. Reid said Monday he appreciated Hunt's gesture but otherwise seemed unimpressed by what he's accomplished.

Andy Reid says Chiefs playing it safe with Jamaal Charles as Spencer Ware continues to shine | The Kansas City Star

Reid added that Ware's running style has always been impressive, dating back to his college years at Louisiana State and the season he spent in Seattle (2013) as a rookie sixth-round pick learning under superstar Marshawn Lynch.

"I think him probably being around Seattle there a little bit with the way Beast Mode (Lynch) runs it — that's the same type of deal," Reid said. "He had a chance to watch that firsthand and talk to him."

Chiefs coach Andy Reid cracks a good joke after 300th game | The Kansas City Star

"Well, I appreciate him doing that," Reid said, when asked Monday about the gesture. "I'm not all that big on all that. I'm still waiting for my win total to exceed my weight. That's going to be a couple more wins."

Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines doing 'a little bit better' | The Kansas City Star

"You've got to go off how he's feeling," Reid said. "That's one of those positions where you get a lot of torque on that thing and then you've got to run fast. So if they don't feel right, you kind of back off."

Gaines, who suffered a torn ACL that ended his 2015 season in September, has missed two of the Chiefs' last three games with knee issues after playing in their first three games of 2016.

LSU product Spencer Ware has big game against Saints |

"Big guys were coming at me," Ware explained on his touchdown catch. "I wandered off, got lost in the middle and ended up squeezing out of there." Ware couldn't have gone 46 yards without a little help, and he was quick to give credit to teammates for breaking him free. "It was a tremendous job on the perimeter by our receivers and a great job by our offensive linemen coming downfield to block," he said. "It's always good to see those big guys run like that. That's the type of energy we feed off of."

Video: Chiefs Daily with Terez A. Paylor: Jamaal Charles, Ramik Wilson injury updates | The Kansas City Star

Rookie Tyreek Hill making strides in Chiefs offense | Chiefs Digest

"He would have been a great center fielder, I’m telling you, man," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He’s able to adjust to the ball so well. You see it on punts. That’s God-given." Hill looked skyward, tracking the ball to its destination, gliding effortless past cornerback New Orleans cornerback Ken Crawley. As Hill burst past him in the end zone, Crawley desperately tugged at Hill’s right arm to stop the touchdown, but to no avail.

5 Positives/Negatives In Saints' Loss To Chiefs | ESPN 1420

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith looked too comfortable all day. He wasn’t sacked, and seldom felt any heat. Other than pressure put on Smith by Fairly in the fourth quarter, I can’t think of one other time when he really hurried to get rid of a pass. The Kansas City running backs were also successful on the ground, gaining 105 yards on 24 carries, for an average on 4.4 yards-per-carry. Just not even disruption by the New Orleans defensive front.

Talking with the Kansas City Chiefs' Laurent Duvernay-Tardif | McGill Tribune

"This year, the biggest difference is my understanding of the game [….] I’m able to see the defence as a whole and understand the concept and what they’re trying to accomplish. This comes from film studies," Duvernay-Tardif said. "The biggest part of preparation and training [for football] is done in the classroom. In this regard, medical school has prepared me for those challenges."

Chiefs offensive line cleans up pass protection | Chiefs Digest

The tally now reaches 45 pass attempts since the last quarterback sack against Smith. He’s still the same quarterback who went down 13 times in the first four games of the season, or once every 13 passes attempts.

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