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Nico Johnson announces he's 'hanging the cleats up' | AL.com

Johnson led the Chiefs in tackles during the 2014 preseason, but did not make the team. After releasing Johnson, though, Kansas City immediately brought him back for its practice squad.

By some key measures, Chiefs better with Justin Houston in coverage | ESPN

But what’s interesting is that while their pass rush is better when Houston rushes the quarterback, their pass defense isn’t as good overall. That suggests that perhaps defensive coordinator Bob Sutton is doing the right things with Houston on the whole. Houston leads the Chiefs in sacks with 5.5, but he’s good in coverage as well.

Broncos' Jamaal Charles eager to show he can still play in K.C. return | ESPN

He said they "fired" him shortly after he signed a one-year contract with the Broncos this past spring, a deal that came to fruition after Charles said two other teams (Seattle and San Francisco) had told him his knees would no longer allow him to play. It's why Charles, a rotational player in the Broncos' backfield with 196 yards on 42 carries, says he thinks just being in a uniform has surprised many.

"Just taking hits and keep getting back up," Charles said Thursday. "The other two teams that looked at my knees basically said 'You should retire.' But I think I proved to people I can still play right now, that I can still play with anybody, and keep showing it. That's been lighting the fuel in me, keep that spark inside me."

Chiefs are NFL's best at not committing turnovers | The Kansas City Star

That’s 423 straight offensive plays without an interception or lost fumble. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team with as many snaps not to commit a turnover was the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 and 2012. They went 516 offensive snaps without a turnover. Their quarterback — Smith.

Chiefs' Marcus Peters fined for hit on Derek Carr | The Kansas City Star

Peters was flagged for unnecessary roughness when he hit Carr at the tail end of a 1-yard run on third-and-10. The hit angered several of the Raiders’ offensive linemen, who rushed over to confront Peters. That led Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch — who is very close with fellow native Oaklander Peters — to rush onto the field and break up the squabble before it could escalate.

Chiefs' Justin Houston, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif still limited | The Kansas City Star

Defensive tackle Bennie Logan (knee), center Mitch Morse (foot), running back Charcandrick West (concussion) and receiver Albert Wilson (knee) were all full participants for the second straight day and appear to be on track to play in the Chiefs’ Monday night showdown against Denver at Arrowhead Stadium.