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Arrowheadlines: The Andy Reid-Bill Belichick chess match begins

Chiefs Injury Update: Latest on Steven Nelson, Tamba Hali and Spencer Ware |

“[Nelson] had it fixed by Dr. Myers in Philadelphia last Tuesday,” Burkholder explained. “He’s had the problem through training camp. He tried to fight through it and (as coach Andy Reid said to the media at camp) was fighting his tail off to be out there. He got through three preseason games and he just felt like he couldn’t play up to speed.

“He had the surgery and is already back here doing rehab.”

Kansas City Chiefs put CB Steven Nelson on IR, re-sign RB C.J. Spiller | ESPN

The Chiefs placed Nelson on their injured reserve list Sunday. He can begin practicing with the Chiefs after six weeks and begin playing in games after eight weeks.

KC Chiefs re-sign running C.J. Spiller | The Kansas City Star

In the span of 24 hours, both coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach were quizzed about the Chiefs’ unusual running back situation, as they stood with only two traditional tailbacks — Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West — following the 53-man roster deadline on Saturday.

Both Reid and Veach hinted that the Chiefs weren’t done yet, and on Sunday that proved to be the case when the team re-signed running back C.J. Spiller just one day after cutting him, a source told The Star.

Patriots shouldn't expect Chiefs to wilt under opening-night spotlight | ESPN

One of the NFL’s more experienced teams: “This is a team that shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the moment of opening night. Andy [Reid] is a longtime head coach who has been through everything, and he has a pretty good track record -- just like Bill Belichick -- when given extra time to prepare for an opponent (19-3 record). That will be fun to watch that chess match, what surprises they have for each other. From a player standpoint, you have a veteran quarterback [Alex Smith] who has been playing for 13 years, and a veteran defense. So I don’t see them being overwhelmed by [opening night festivities].”

Patriots notebook: Chiefs’ weapons pose big problem | Boston Herald

“A guy like (Hill) is hard because (the Chiefs) use him so many different ways,” McCourty said. “So it’s not like you can just be prepared for him when he’s here or he’s there. You kind of need to know where he is all the time. It’s not just pre-snap. It has to be throughout the snap and post-snap of knowing where he’s at.

“That goes the same with Kelce. Both of those guys make a ton of big plays, plays that really change the whole game that you have to know where they’re at and where they’re moving at every down.”

Chiefs K Cairo Santos relieved following groin injury | The Kansas City Star

The strained groin was significant enough to keep Santos out of action for the Chiefs’ first three preseason games. But he was optimistic he would be able to recover in time for the regular season — he will indeed be the kicker for the season opener Thursday against New England — because it’s an injury he’s suffered before, back when he was a sophomore at Tulane.

Chiefs' Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry say they're healthy | The Kansas City Star

He played in the team’s three postseason games over the last two years, but saw only eight snaps in the playoff loss at New England after the 2015 season.

“When I went there a couple of years ago, honestly I wasn’t supposed to play,” Houston said. “I did it because I didn’t want my team to be out there without me. Now, it’s night-and-day difference. I’m 100 percent better than where I was.”

Clark Hunt lawsuit: Chiefs owner sued by New Mexico, alleging kickback | The Kansas City Star

The New Mexico State Investment Council filed the lawsuit in late August in the 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. It names as defendants Hunt, HFV Asset Management LP and others, who were named only as “John Does.”

The lawsuit contends that Hunt agreed to a “pay to play” arrangement 12 years ago with political insiders Anthony and Marc Correra. In exchange for kickbacks, the Correras were to use their influence to steer state investment money to a hedge fund firm in which Hunt was a partner.

KC Chiefs add players to practice squad following roster cuts | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs added nine players to their practice squad Sunday, a day after teams cut rosters to the league-mandated 53 players.

The players are: wide receivers Marcus Kemp and Gehrig Dieter, guard Damien Mama, running back Devine Redding, linebacker Marcus Rush and safety Leon McQuay. The Chiefs confirmed the signings and also announced the signings of tight end Orson Charles and offensive tackle Joseph Cheek to the practice squad. All eight were players who spent the preseason with the Chiefs.

Chiefs’ Alex Smith ready for season opener in New England | AP

“Alex is so far advanced from the mental side,” he said, “in regards to his ability to read coverages, to shift to better plays and really play the chess game. He’s so far ahead of what Pat is.”

That’s not a knock on Mahomes, whom the Chiefs moved up to draft 10th overall in April, but rather some lofty praise for a quarterback that has been maligned most of his professional career.

Chiefs LB Justin Houston on beating Patriots QB Tom Brady: “Hit him” | Arrowhead Pride

When asked about how to beat quarterback Tom Brady, a big smile came to Houston’s face.

“Hit him,” he laughed. “The ball comes out so fast. He’s a smart guy, so my main thing as a defense is don’t lose confidence in what you got going on because he’s going to make plays. It’s Tom Brady. You just have to stay together through four quarters.”

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