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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/30

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

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What We Learned from Chiefs GM John Dorsey on Tuesday from The Mothership

Thorman: Who do you plan on taking with your first-round pick?

DORSEY: "Do you want me to answer that?"

Thorman: It would be great if you did.

DORSEY: "Best available player."

Husain Abdullah's Decision to Retire Elicits Undeniable Respect From Many from The Mothership

Over the past three years, Abdullah played in 43 games and had 117 tackles, 2 interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns, and 15 passes defensed.

He was a hybrid safety that defensive coordinator Bob Sutton loved to move around.

Dorsey wasn't the only one who spoke of Abdullah's character and the kind of respect he earned from those whom he spent time with throughout his career.

Social media has been flooded with both current and former teammates showing their respect for one of the nicest and most genuine players in the locker room - a guy who was named a captain in his first season in Kansas City back in 2013.

2016 NFL Draft Order: Chiefs Currently Have Seven Picks from The Mothership

One notable pick for the Kansas City Chiefs - €”their third round selection (which would be No. 91 overall), has been listed as "forfeited," although the Chiefs have appealed that ruling.

It has yet to be announced when any ruling on the appeal of that pick would take place.

Here's the list of the picks for the Chiefs as it currently stands: Photo Gallery: Top Husain Abdullah Shots of 2015

Justin Houston didn't reinjure knee in January, Chiefs GM John Dorsey says from The Kansas City Star

But why wasn't the ACL -€” which Andrews determined to be intact but "not functioning properly" in February -€” not diagnosed when he hyperextended his knee against Buffalo on Nov. 29?

"It was a long process," Dorsey said. "As it unfolded and you come back and they run an MRI on the thing and everything is there (in December), then you have to think that's very positive.

"But then when they went back in February ... they came back and had some other findings."

But was there any way to see the ligament was not functioning properly before Houston saw Dr. Andrews in February?

Should Justin Houston's ACL injury been detected sooner? from ESPN

Houston had surgery on his ACL on Feb. 16. The Chiefs believe the timetable for his return will be between six and 12 months.

So the best-case scenario would put Houston back in the middle of August, after training camp but with some preseason still left. The worst-case scenario would mean he returns in 2017.

"The good news, though, is Justin is going to be [in Kansas City] in the next couple of days," Dorsey said. "If you know anything about the doctors and the training staff, these guys rehab up here in the best way. That's all you can ask for is to have [Houston] up here and grinding at it, getting ready for the '16 season.

"I have to live in the present. That's kind of what I'm looking at."

Chiefs open to exercising fifth-year option on LT Eric Fisher from The Mothership

"We have had very positive discussions with regards to his option here," general manager John Dorsey said Tuesday in a conference call with Chiefs beat writers. "We've got plenty of time here ... We have had discussions with regards to this. Let us get close up to the draft here and let's see where we are."

The fifth-year option for Fisher carries an $11.096 million price tag, according to text message from Joel Corry, a former NFL agent and current salary cap/contract expert with CBS Sports.

While the Chiefs currently have $5.7 million in available cap space, Dorsey is also open to potentially signing Fisher, who is currently scheduled to earn a base salary of $675,000 in 2015, to a contract extension.

Chiefs have seven picks in 2016 NFL draft, but no third-rounder from ESPN

The Chiefs did not receive any compensatory draft picks. They lost their third-round draft pick as part of the penalty for tampering with prospective free-agent Jeremy Maclin last year.

Chiefs have seven picks in 2016 NFL Draft from Chiefs Digest

Kansas City originally had eight picks in this year's draft before the NFL stripped the Chiefs of a third-round pick (91st overall) in 2016 and a sixth-round pick in 2017 for violating the Anti-Tampering Policy.

The Chiefs appealed the punishment and a hearing is pending. Should the league's ruling stand, the Chiefs will have just two selections within the first 100 picks of the draft.

Chiefs taking the right attitude toward missing draft pick from ESPN

"It makes sure that we try to hit these (other) picks as we go along," general manager John Dorsey said Tuesday. "Of course, it will change a few things. You've got to make sure that the diligent work you do is as good work as you can possibly do and that's what we're going to do.

"Actually, we've spent all morning beginning to do this. I've been meeting with the (scouts and coaches) here for the last five hours and we will continue to do that to make sure at the end of the day, this 2016 draft of the Kansas City Chiefs is the best we've done to date."

This draft is no more or less important than any other for the Chiefs, but it's still not a good time for them to be missing a third-round draft pick.

Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs' Husain Abdullah retires, KU's Bill Self in March, baseball and more from The Kansas City Star

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, good for Abdullah. He is smart, conscientious and ambitious. He has goals beyond football, and once you're inside the machine, it's not always easy to keep those in mind. He walked away from the sport once before for a pilgrimage to Mecca as part of his Muslim faith. It's cool to see a man maintain control of his own life, to make is own decisions. If he was concerned about how he would leave football if he continued to play, good for him getting out now while he has his health and can work on other things.

The Chiefs, and football, will miss Abdullah. Each will be diminished, even if only a little bit, without him.

GM Dorsey defends Chiefs' handling of Justin Houston injury from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

In his first comments since news of the surgery became public, Dorsey said Tuesday the Chiefs' medical staff and renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews worked in concert in diagnosing and treating Houston's injury...

...Dorsey said the proper course of action was taken in the rest and rehabilitation that accompanied the original injury, and that it was impossible to foresee needing an ACL surgery at that point.

Chiefs GM Dorsey: No De'Anthony Thomas trade talks from

At one point in Philadelphia, Chip Kelly had collected an astonishing eight former Oregon Ducks players on the Eagles' roster.

If he plans to follow the same route in San Francisco, the plan isn't starting with Kansas City's all-purpose dynamo, De'Anthony Thomas.

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey refuted speculation Tuesday that there's a potential trade in the works with Kelly.

Chiefs kicker lives late dad's 'biggest dream' by flying with Blue Angels from FOX Sports

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime Tuesday when he was able to spend the day flying with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The stunt flights are a cool experience for those with strong stomachs, but a day with the unit was even more meaningful for Santos; the kicker's father was a stunt pilot who died in a plane crash in September 2013.

The 24-year-old Santos said Thursday's experience helped him feel closer to his late father.

The NFL Can't Seem to Make Up Its Mind About CTE from NBC News

Numerous former NFL players have been posthumously diagnosed with CTE, including Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012. Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who murdered his wife and then himself that same year, also suffered from the disease. CTE, which is the result of head trauma, is said to cause dementia, memory loss and depression, and some research has determined that it could lead to a propensity to commit acts of domestic violence. Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose discovery of the illness was portrayed in the Will Smith film "Concussion," has even speculated that infamous NFL icon O.J. Simpson may have the illness.

Ole Miss takes another step forward with historic pro day from ESPN

Ole Miss sent out an email the night before its pro day, advising people to show up a little early. The drills open to the media weren't scheduled to begin until 10:30 a.m. local time, but if you didn't get there by 9:30, you weren't going to find a parking spot.

That's because a contingent of 63 NFL representatives from all 32 teams showed up Monday, including the GMs from the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Giants, the Minnesota Vikings, the Los Angeles Rams and the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans, who hold the No. 1 pick in next month's NFL draft, also brought along their head coach, Mike Mularkey.

NFL scout thinks Jarran Reed is a better prospect than A'Shawn Robinson from SEC Country

"I didn't realize how well he ran until he caught (quarterback Carson) Wentz in the Senior Bowl," the scout said. "He's a mid-first, anywhere from 10-15, sounds right. You don't see a lot of his pass rush, but I think he can."

ESPN's Mel Kiper has Reed projected to be picked by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 28 pick in his latest mock draft, while Robinson is slated to go 16 picks earlier to the New Orleans Saints at No. 12.

Cavanaugh's Mock Draft 2.0: Cowboys Trade And Get... from CBS DFW

28 - Kansas City Chiefs:  Karl Joseph - S - West Virginia:  Joseph has the potential to be a star.  Range to get sideline to sideline, a missile coming downhill and a devastating hitter.  The only thing that can hold him back is not staying under control, misses too many tackles with aggression.

Bruce Arians on why quality of NFL offensive line play is 'deteriorating' from The Toronto Sun

ISSUE 4: The Kansas City Chiefs got severely punished for tampering with Philadelphia last year, for illegal direct contact with Jeremy Maclin.

Did it surprise you?

ARIANS: "It shocked me. We all have relationships with guys, especially when you've been as many places as I've been. So if I'm talking to a guy and they want to call it tampering, it's B.S. I still play golf all the time with Ben (Roethlisberger), and he'll joke, ‘Yeah, we're getting traded.' And I go, ‘Ohhhh. Easy, buddy' ... You've got to be very, very careful that everybody knows the rules. Even the questions you ask them ... You have to be very aware of what time period you can talk to them, and what you can talk about."

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