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Arrowheadlines: Clark Hunt on national anthem, Justin Houston is close, Alex Smith is back

Alex Smith of Kansas City Chiefs to start vs. Carolina Panthers; Justin Houston closer to season debut | ESPN

"We're not in a hurry there. We just want to make sure that he's safe going out there and playing. I'm not sure we realize how severe of an injury he had there. This guy has really pushed through. His work ethic has really driven him to this point here. He's been a beast on this thing. It's been fun to watch but tough for him to push through. He's done great with it."

Injuries: Chiefs expect Alex Smith (head, ear) to return |

The Chiefs might have to forge onward through another week without running back Spencer Ware, who remains in the concussion protocol, as far as Reid knows.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid on Travis Kelce: ‘You can’t do things that are ridiculous’ | The Kansas City Star

Chiefs coach Andy Reid didn’t soften his stance on tight end Travis Kelce’s antics from Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. “Common sense needs to step in there,” Reid said. “You can’t do things that are ridiculous.” Like throw a towel at a referee, mocking the official throwing a flag.

Kansas City Chiefs injury updates: Spencer Ware, Jeremy Maclin | The Kansas City Star

As for Maclin, a groin injury limited his practice time last week and he was in on two snaps Sunday before leaving the game. Reid was asked if Maclin’s injury could keep him out longer. “It could,” Reid said. “It easily could. But it’s day-to-day. We’ll have to wait and see how he’s doing.”

Chiefs' Dee Ford goes from draft bust to breakout star | The AP

Now, the 2014 first-round pick is among the league leader in sacks, the emerging star for a defense that has pushed the Chiefs into AFC West contention, and he's the one having all the laughs. "That's human nature for athletes: The more you play, if you work hard, you get better at things the second time you do it and the third time you do it," Ford said. "But every player doesn't get better every game, but hard workers do. It's a testament to that."

Panthers open as favorites over Chiefs in Vegas |

The Carolina Panthers, despite having three less wins than the Kansas City Chiefs, have opened as 2.5-point favorites ahead of Sunday's Week 10 game in Charlotte.

Andy Reid Provides Justin Houston, Alex Smith, Other Injury Updates |

Houston had multiple offseason surgeries to repair injuries to his left knee, and he returned to practice after receiving clearance on October 19. But even with activation imminent, it remains to be seen as to whether he plays against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. “We'll see how he does this week,” Reid said. “He'll let me know on that, how he feels. He's obviously been cleared to play, but there is more to it than that. You have to make sure that you're right and you have opportunities to practice and get yourself back. We're not in a hurry there. We just want to make sure he's safe going out there and playing.”

Ron Rivera preparing to face former boss, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid | The Charlotte Observer

“Andy, I’m sure, feels like he’s got a pretty good handle on what we do. We were a couple offices away from each other for 12 years there,” McDermott said. “A lot of respect for Andy Reid as a football coach and a man. It’ll be a good game. “At the end of the day the players will decide the outcome of the game, not Andy and I lining up against each other.”

Mike Pereira contradicts officials on critical Chiefs-Jaguars fumble

“To me I think that it’s a touchdown, but they stayed with the call on the field,” he said. “The notion of not using freeze frame is ... obviously, it’s used very often.”

Upon Further Review: 12 Quick Facts Following Sunday’s Win Over the Jaguars |

Overall, the plus-13 turnover differential is the best mark in the league. During the team’s current four-game winning streak, the Chiefs have forced 10 turnovers and haven’t given it away once.

Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt Answers Questions on Key NFL Issues |

What were your thoughts on Marcus Peters’ gesture during the National Anthem? “Well, I won’t address Marcus [Peters] specifically, but let me say, I do think the right thing is for all players, coaches and everybody on the sidelines to stand for the National Anthem and pay the respects that our flag and the people that have given their lives deserve. At the same time, I understand that we have players that are concerned about racial relations in this country, which is a very important subject. I just don’t believe that the National Anthem is really the right place to voice your displeasure with that.”

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