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Kansas City Chiefs rebuild on fly; NFL notes | The MMQB with Peter King

It’s something that, to a man, the players haven’t missed. The easiest way to see it is to examine what’s being demanded by Reid. The expectation is that they’re in the door by 7 a.m. and out no earlier than 5:40, with long, hard practices as part of the day. Even moreso, if the team is built as envisioned, it’s that there’s no issue with upholding that standard.

Justin Houston activated to Chiefs' 53-man roster | NFL.com

While it will take some time for Houston to ramp up to speed, this can only be good news for the Chiefs' defense. As we wrote back in October, Houston is a reason for optimism down the stretch as it will force teams to re-think Bob Sutton's scheme over the second half of the year. When healthy, Houston is one of the best pass rushers in football regardless of scheme.

Panthers continue down comeback trail against Chiefs | WCTI

"It jumps out on film how strong they are," Smith said. "They've played a lot of football at a high level." The Panthers (3-5) are coming off victories against Arizona and the Los Angeles Rams (3-5). "You could say they're back on track," Reid said.

Panthers preparing for hot Chiefs team that's in need of an introduction | The Charlotte Observer

"Very speedy guy that was always yearning for some type of edge. For him to have as many sacks as he has, it’s a result of his determination, as well as his discipline to his craft." – Cam Newton on Ford, his teammate for one season at Auburn.

Chiefs proved their resliency with starters out ... and now they’re regaining their health | The Kansas City Star

Rookie defensive end lineman Chris Jones said, with a smile, he’s been waiting to play alongside Houston. "I heard the guy can pass rush, I’m ready to see what he can do," Jones said. "The d-line, we’re pretty excited about it. The edge rushers are going to crash the edges, and we’re going to have a little fun on the inside."

RB Spencer Ware returns to practice; Maclin, Howard sit out | Chiefs Digest

New additions to the Chiefs injury report include quarterback Nick Foles (right elbow), wide receiver Chris Conley (quad) and linebacker Justin Houston (knee). All appear questionable on the injury report.

KC Chiefs activate OLB Justin Houston from PUP list but unsure if he’ll play Sunday | The Kansas City Star

Per league rules, the Chiefs either had to place Houston — who has been practicing for about three weeks now — on the 53-man roster or put him on injured reserve by Wednesday.

Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs | The Charlotte Observer

The Chiefs win quietly (unless they beat the Oakland Raiders). But they win. I’m a mediocre 4-4 picking the Panthers. But I’m on a streak. I’ve picked one in a row. I like Kansas City Sunday, 23-16.

2017 Super Bowl Odds for NFL Week 10: Panthers a sneaky sleeper again | CBSSports.com

9. Kansas City Chiefs (20-1, Previously 20-1): They just keep on winning in a very quiet fashion.

The Panthers had better be better | Greensboro News & Record

You don’t know much about the Chiefs, right? They have the NFL’s best record over the past 20 games. They are an astounding 17-3 in that span, which includes the playoffs. Carolina is 13-7 over the same stretch. The Chiefs are a smart team that cannot be overlooked, especially considering they should get quarterback Alex Smith (concussion) back for Sunday.

Here's the one playoff contender in the AFC that deserves more respect | CBSSports.com

"Coaching is the biggest thing I see with that team," said one scout who has watched the Chiefs closely in recent weeks. "You can see the leadership and direction there. They don't have the best roster and they don't have the flashiest players and they've been playing without their most dynamic players most weeks. They know how to close out games. They don't ask the quarterback to do too much. It's a well-run team and you can see that on Sundays."

Darian Thompson placed on IR; OL Adam Gettis signed

DaRon Brown, 6-1 and 200 pounds, was a seventh-round draft choice (No. 233 overall) in 2015 by the Kansas City Chiefs, from Northern Illinois. He spent the entire 2015 season on the Chiefs’ practice squad. Brown was waived by Kansas City on Sept. 3, and was on the New England Patriots’ practice squad from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.

Snap decisions: Chiefs’ Dee Ford no longer being taken off the field | The Kansas City Star

Jones, for the first time all season, earned more snaps than Howard. But while Jones is playing well, that probably has more to do with the hip flexor Howard played through. Nunez-Roches and Reyes continue to find stray snaps in the defensive-line rotation.

Avoiding turnovers, Dee Ford a must for Carolina Panthers vs. Chiefs | ESPN

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera admittedly learned a lot from Andy Reid during their five seasons in Philadelphia, but he offered only one nugget as he prepared to face his former boss. "Wear black," Rivera deadpanned as he looked ahead to Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Saints sign inside linebacker Sam Barrington, sources say | NOLA.com

The Saints signed inside linebacker Sam Barrington, according to multiple sources familiar with the transaction.