Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson Feels He’ll Be Fully Recovered From Injury by Training Camp

Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said he was confident he would be ready for full participation when Kansas City begins training camp this summer, Adam Teicher of reports.

Johnson’s season ended in December when he tore his Achilles tendon in a game against the Oakland Raiders.

“If I’m not 100 percent, there will be some kind of setback,” Johnson said Monday as the Chiefs began their organized offseason workout program. “The main objective is to come into camp and get my work done and start training my eyes again.

“I’ll be well enough. It’ll probably be 7½ months by the time camp comes around so I’ll be able to do everything.”

Having Johnson, who turns 35 in November, healthy and in their lineup when the season begins has been a goal for the Chiefs. Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has been a solid and at times spectacular player for Kansas City for years against both the run and the pass.

Chiefs Announce Release of Running Back Jamaal Charles


The Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the team has released running back Jamaal Charles.

“On behalf of my family and the entire Kansas City Chiefs team, I’d like to thank Jamaal Charles for his contributions and dedication over the last nine seasons,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Jamaal has been one of the most prolific players in our organization’s history, and I have an enormous amount of respect for what he has accomplished. He’ll always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we’ll be ready to honor him for his outstanding playing career when the time is right.”

“I have a great deal of admiration for Jamaal Charles, his toughness, and what he’s been able to achieve in his time in Kansas City,” General Manager John Dorsey said. “These decisions are never easy, but we felt it was in the best interests of the club to move on at this time. We wish Jamaal and his family the best of luck in their next step.”

“I’ve been privileged to work with a lot of talented players over the years, and Jamaal Charles ranks up there with the great ones,” Head Coach Andy Reid said. “I appreciate the way he came to work every day, he gave us everything he had day-in and day-out. I’ve said it before, I think he’s a future Hall of Famer.”

Schefter: Chiefs Close to Wrapping Up Deal with Safety Eric Berry

It sounds like the Chiefs are serious about making sure they get the leader of their defensive backfield back in 2017 and beyond, as reports are the team is going to ink safety Eric Berry.

This is excellent news for the Chiefs, as they try and make sure to keep that defensive strong heading into next season.

Chiefs Ink Former First-Round Pick RB C.J. Spiller

The Chiefs today announced they have added some depth to the running back spot, bringing in former Buffalo Bills first-round pick C.J. Spiller.

It’s the fourth team for Spiller in the past five months, so to think he’s going to contribute much is going to be tough, but the Chiefs are willing to give him a shot.

Chiefs Most Likely Won’t Pick Up Option on QB Nick Foles

It looks like the Chiefs are moving in a different direction with their backup QB position, as reports say the team is going to not going to pick up the option for quarterback Nick Foles.

Here’s the report.

The Chiefs are likely to pass on quarterback Nick Foles‘ option for 2017, sources tell Mike Garafolo of Interestingly, Garafolo hears that the option would have paid Foles $6.4MM rather than the $10.4MM figure that was reported by many outlets. Nick Foles (vertical)

Foles will now enter the free agent market at a time when several teams are desperate for answers at quarterback. The veteran may not be an inspiring option, but he could be an affordable placeholder for clubs that are not inspired by this year’s crop of signal callers in free agency or the draft. At minimum, Foles can find a home as an experienced No. 2 QB, but he’ll almost certainly earn less than $6.4MM in 2017.

Last year, Foles appeared in three games and got one start while Alex Smith was banged up. In that limited sample, he completed 65.5% of his passes while throwing three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Foles had his breakout year in 2013 under Chip Kelly in Philadelphia but he has yet to repeat that success. In between the Eagles and Chiefs, Foles spent 2015 with the Rams, a season he’d like to forget.

Steelers vs Chiefs AFC Divisional Playoff Game Inactives

Steelers: QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, LB Anthony Chickillo, OT Brian Mihalik, TE Ladarius Green, DE Ricardo Mathews

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, TE Ross Travis, OL Mike Person, RB Knile Davis, LB Victor Ochi, CB D.J. White, DL T.J. Barnes

Steelers at Chiefs Thursday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday RB Le’Veon Bell (not injury related), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), TE Ladarius Green (concussion), DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle), QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion), LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
  Thursday LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), TE Ladarius Green (concussion), DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
  Wednesday S Sean Davis (shoulder), DE Stephon Tuitt (ankle)
  Thursday LB Bud Dupree (shin), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
  Wednesday S Robert Golden (ankle)
  Thursday S Sean Davis (shoulder), S Robert Golden (ankle), QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot), DE Stephon Tuitt (ankle), LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
Practice Report
  Wednesday LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Justin Houston (knee)
  Wednesday S Eric Berry (achilles), RB Spencer Ware (rib)
  Thursday S Eric Berry (achilles), LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Justin Houston (knee), RB Spencer Ware (rib)

Chiefs RB Ware Returns to Practice, Houston Misses Practice with Knee Swelling

Spencer Ware

The Kansas City Chiefs got some good news Wednesday in practice, as running back Spencer Ware was back on a limited basis. The team was without linebacker Justin Houston, who also missed Sunday’s 33-10 win with swelling in his knee.

Houston missed the Chiefs first nine games recovering from knee surgery.

Ware left the game against the Broncos Sunday due to injured ribs, but coach Andy Reid said the running back could have come back in but there was no need with a big lead.

Others listed by the Chiefs as practicing on a limited basis Wednesday were cornerback Phillip Gaines (knee), who missed the Broncos game, and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee). Wide receiver Chris Conley was listed as a full participant while dealing with an ankle injury.

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