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Panthers could be down to third center, start Chris Scott vs. Chiefs | The Charlotte Observer

The Carolina Panthers could be down to their third center Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs – a reserve who also happens to be the second-team guard and tackle, too.

Chiefs LB Justin Houston Will Soon Return to an Already-Dominant Defense | Chiefs.com

"We’ll see how he does this week," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Houston’s availability. "He’s been cleared to play, but there’s obviously more to it than that. You’ve got to make sure that you’re right. We’re not in a hurry there. We just want to make sure he’s safe going out there and playing. I’m not sure we probably realize how severe of an injury he had there.

Have agent, will travel: Inside a wild 21 days for Chiefs running back Knile Davis | The Kansas City Star

Ian Greengross’ cell phone buzzed on the evening of Oct. 17. It was Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, the call Knile Davis’ agent had been waiting for. "Ian, you asked for it — I got it done," Dorsey told Greengross. "Good luck to the kid; I hope he does well." Greengross had asked Dorsey to trade his running back client as far back as March, after Davis was supplanted on the depth chart in 2015 by Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West.

Chiefs’ Jeremy Maclin, Jaye Howard miss practice again | The Kansas City Star

Maclin, the Chiefs’ top wide receiver, is dealing with a groin injury that limited him to two plays in last week’s victory over Jacksonville. Howard, a defensive end, has a hip injury.

Justin Houston’s surgery may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

Instead, the distressing scenario announced in March has been navigated rather deftly by the Chiefs … if not becoming an outright benefit with Houston back on the 53-man roster this week and apparently set to make his long-awaited return on Sunday at Carolina. They are 6-2 without him, after all. And vulnerabilities notwithstanding, they have allowed just 59 points in the four games since the Pittsburgh debacle as much-doubted linebacker understudy Dee Ford has emerged as a genuine asset under the presumed duress of stepping in for Houston.

Return of Justin Houston changes Chiefs defensive look | Chiefs Digest

"Physically I feel like I can play," Houston said. Now my endurance may be a little behind, because you can practice, you can run all day, but it’s not like the actual game."

KC Chiefs have a good problem: How to use Justin Houston, Dee Ford | The Kansas City Star

How the Chiefs will use Houston and Ford, who usually line up on the left side, is to be determined. But defensive coordinator Bob Sutton reminded that Houston and Tamba Hali have lined up on the same side. "I don’t think any of those guys feel like they can only play on one side," Sutton said.

Justin Houston of Kansas City Chiefs expects to 'dominate' in return | ESPN

"I expect what I normally do: dominate,'' said Houston, the Chiefs' leader in sacks in each of the last four seasons. He led the NFL with 22 sacks in 2014.

AFC West roundtable: Who will win the division? | ESPN

Why the Chiefs will win the division: Kansas City has the most complete team in the AFC West. The Raiders have more offensive capability and the Broncos are more dominant defensively, but the Chiefs are good enough to win when either side of the ball doesn’t carry its fair share.

Insider Buzz: 2nd Half of Season Could Determine Alex Smith's Future with Chiefs | Bleacher Report

Watch in the video above as Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole discusses the future of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

Alex Smith says injury scare will make him change his ways | ESPN

"Looking back, the late slide is not what you want to do," Smith said. "I just think it puts you in such a vulnerable position. I think you’d be better to maintain being a football player and playing. No protection there. You’re kind of going down and have your legs underneath you. It’s not a good position to be in. That’s what I want to avoid for sure.

CBS Sports’ Evan Washburn On Chiefs-Panthers In Week 10 | CBS Boston

Patience will be rewarded with good coaches like Ron. The win last last week in Los Angeles… was an ugly win. This week against Kansas City, the Chiefs are a team who wants to play a slow style and keep it low-scoring. If Carolina can show their potent offense and the defense they have played as of later, they will be in a good position.

Opposing View: Panthers vs. Chiefs | Panthers.com

On what he sees on film from the Carolina defense, particularly in the secondary: "Their defense is really good, and Kurt Coleman is one of my favorite guys. We took him in when we were in Philadelphia so Sean McDermott knew him. So listen, they are well-coached. I am a big Sean McDermott fan, so I can’t be that this weekend but every other weekend. They are getting coached like crazy by a guy who is going to be a future head coach in this league. I think they just play well together. I think on the back end, they have some young guys that just every week they are getting better and better. Then he’s got some veterans there at the safety position that are highly intelligent guys. That defense, I think, is a very good defense."

Chiefs vs. Panthers: 10 Stats to Know | Chiefs.com

It’s even more impressive that Hill has that high of an average without a single return for a touchdown, although he’s seemingly been one missed tackle away from a few of those this season. The Panthers punt coverage unit is allowing 14.4 yards per punt return, which is second-to-last in the league. They’ve allowed two returns of 50-plus yards, including a 54-yarder against the Vikings, which was brought back for a touchdown.