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Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Daniel will start Thursday's preseason game against the Packers, the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Andy Reid said he doesn't typically play starters in the fourth preseason game, so Daniel will get the start in the place of Alex Smith. He will play the first quarter of the game while the remaining three quarters will be split between Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mays (wrist) will likely miss at least six weeks following surgery on his wrist, ESPN reports.
Impact: Mays was set to start at inside linebacker along with Derrick Johnson, but the latest setback will keep him out of the starting gig for a while. The injury will probably open up playing time for James-Michael Johnson, Josh Mauga and Nico Johnson on the inside.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Charles (foot) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com.
Impact: The Chiefs are planning to sit all their starters Thursday, so Charles would not have played even if he were totally healthy. The extra time off should give him plenty of time to get back to 100 percent by Week 1.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com.
Impact: The Chiefs will not play any starters in Thursday's game, so Chase Daniel will get the start at quarterback in place of Smith. Smith will be back under center when the Chiefs kick off the regular season Sept. 7 against the Titans.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hali is dealing with a swollen knee and will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The extent of Hali's setback is uncertain, but the Chiefs will hold him out of Thursday's meaningless exhibition game. It remains to be seen if the injury will threaten Hali's chances of taking the field Week 1.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hemingway (hip) did not practice Monday, the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impact: Hemingway appears to be the favorite to take the starting spot for Week 1 while Dwayne Bowe serves his suspension, but his absence from practice gives the receivers behind him a chance to show what they've got. The wideout missed Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, and it's unclear how long the injury will keep him sidelined.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeVito returned to the practice field Monday after previously dealing with a broken finger, the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impact: DeVito is expected to see time as a starter on the defensive line for the Chiefs this season. He missed the third preseason game against the Vikings because of the injury, but his return to the practice field heightens the likeliness he'll be ready for the regular-season opener.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Charles and safety Eric Berry have returned to practice after dealing with injuries.
Impact: Charles has been out the past two preseason games after hurting his foot while moving out of the dorms at the Chiefs' training camp headquarters at Missouri Western.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Berry have returned to practice after dealing with injuries.
Impact: Berry has missed most of the past couple weeks with a heel injury.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson was released by the Chiefs on Monday, the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impact: Jackson was a longshot to make the roster as a special teams player and wide receiver depth. He was one of a group of 12 players who were casualties during the first round of cuts.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cudjo was released by the Chiefs on Monday, ESPN Kansas City reports.
Impact: Cudjo was released by the Rams in May and subsequently signed by the Chiefs less than a week later to add depth on the defensive line. His preseason must not have been impressive enough to keep him on the roster, as he was one of 12 casualties during the first round of cuts.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schiltz was released by the Chiefs on Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Despite a lack of talent at the tight end position, Schiltz faced an uphill battle to grab a roster spot coming into camp. He didn't record stats in any of the three preseason games and will now need to decide his next course of action as a free agent.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McMillian was released by the Chiefs on Monday, ESPN Kansas City reports.
Impact: McMillian was released by the Packers last December and signed with the Chiefs in the offseason with the hopes of battling for a reserve safety spot. His poor play in the preseason, though, shed all hope of that and has led to his release.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dressler was released by the Chiefs on Monday, ESPN Kansas City reports.
Impact: Dressler shined in the Canadian Football League, averaging 74 receptions for 1,089 yards over his six seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. His slight stature (5-8) limited his options as a receiver mainly to the slot, and as training camp went on, it became apparent he wouldn't make the roster.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Commings (leg/ankle) was placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs, Adam Teicher of ESPN Kansas City reports.
Impact: Commings was in line for a good chunk of playing time before the injury but will now sit the season out and rehab in preparation for 2015. The Chiefs are thin in terms of experience at the safety position, with Eric Berry (heel) and Husain Abdullah the favorites to start, so Commings could still have a chance to take a starting role next season, despite the setback.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berry (heel) returned to practice Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Berry hasn't played this preseason due to tendinitis in his heel. While it's unclear if the Chiefs will try to get him some game action in their preseason finale Thursday, his return to practice is at least encouraging. Expect Kansas City to closely monitor their Pro Bowl safety's status to ensure he's healthy enough to suit up in Week 1.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas had one reception for 18 yards and one carry for one yard in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.
Impact: Thomas also logged the Chiefs' first punt return and first kick return, but he may be limited to just punts once the season begins. Knile Davis, who filled in for Jamaal Charles as the starting running back Saturday, did well as the kickoff return man last season. While not a threat to Charles or Davis, Thomas figures to carve out a niche in the offense, possibly filling Dexter McCluster's vacated role.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hemingway (hip) did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: With Dwayne Bowe suspended for Week 1, Hemingway is the favorite to start across from Donnie Avery. Frankie Hammond Jr., who started Saturday's game, would appear to be the other candidate. Whichever of Hammond or Hemingway starts will likely just have one-week appeal in deeper leagues.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelce caught four passes for 49 yards on six targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.
Impact: Kelce has a 10-185-2 receiving line through three preseason games, and he's only needed 13 targets to get there. While Anthony Fasano remains atop the depth chart, Kelce is far more threatening as a receiver for a Chiefs' passing game that could undoubtedly benefit from a productive tight end. A 260-pounder with borderline 4.6 speed, Kelce looked like a steal in the third round of last year's NFL Draft, but then he missed nearly the entire season due to a knee injury. He seems to be all the way back from microfracture surgery and is on the right team to find targets.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Andy Reid indicated that Berry (heel) will try to practice this week, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.
Impact: We'll track Berry's status in the coming days, but Reid's suggestion that the safety may take the field in the coming days offers encouragement that Berry, who continues to deal with a heel issue, could be healthy in advance of Week 1.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasano caught five passes on five targets for 41 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.
Impact: Fasano's name remains atop the Chiefs' posted tight end depth chart, with the veteran's blocking skills ensuring him a role in the team's offense this season. In spite of the occasional touchdown Fasano might pick up as the campaign progresses, the likely involvement of promising fellow TE Travis Kelce in the team's passing game creates a potential time-share that caps Fasano's fantasy upside.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avery caught two passes for 15 yards on four targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.
Impact: Avery remains on track to start at wideout for the Chiefs, and with Dwayne Bowe suspended for the team's regular season opener, Avery is a candidate to see his share of looks in the Chiefs' offense in Week 1's contest against the Titans.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith completed 14-of-24 passes for 140 yards with two picks in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings. He also picked up 21 yards on the ground via three carries.
Impact: Smith only threw seven interceptions all of last season, so Saturday's picks, both of which occurred with the Chiefs inside the Minnesota 20-yard line, are noteworthy. Of course, the Chiefs' offense was operating Saturday without star running back Jamaal Charles and receivers Dwayne Bowe and Junior Hemingway. It remains to be seen if Smith will see any action in the Chiefs' exhibition finale Thursday, but given that the team's starters have failed to score a touchdown in 16 possessions this preseason, it's plausible that they could see some additional tune-up reps in that contest.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berry (heel) did not play Saturday against the Vikings, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Berry, who has been dealing with a heel injury, has not played thus far in the preseason. His status for Thursday's exhibition finale is cloudy at this stage.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowe (quadriceps) did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, kansas.com reports.
Impact: We'll consider Bowe day-to-day for now, but in any case, he is slated to miss the Chiefs' regular season opener against Tennessee due to a one-game suspension. Frankie Hammond, who has been seeing added key reps in practice in Bowe's absence, could thus be in line for an expanded role in Week 1.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Charles (foot) suited up, he didn't play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Vikings, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Charles, who had been dealing with a bruised foot, returned to practice on Thursday, and given that he was in uniform Saturday, he was presumably kept off the field as a precaution. The report suggests that Charles could play in Thursday night's final preseason contest against the Packers, though it's quite possible the team could play it safe with the star running back in that contest as well.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With Stephenson -- who had been in line to start at right tackle for the Chiefs -- now out of the team's early-season mix, Ryan Harris, Jeff Linkenbach and Jeff Allen are the leading candidates to fill in for him. In any case, his upcoming absence represents a significant short-term hit to the team's O-line, a unit that has been struggling of late to begin with.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Impact: Stephenson was a fill-in starter last season but was expected to anchor the right side of the line this year. He remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday night's game against Minnesota.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The banged-up Kansas City Chiefs suffered another blow Thursday when linebacker Joe Mays was told he would need surgery on the wrist he injured last weekend at Carolina.
Impact: Mays, who was expected to start alongside Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker, will likely have the procedure later this week, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not revealed the surgery.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chiefs have acquired safety Kelcie McCray from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for offensive guard Rishaw Johnson in a move that should bolster depth for both teams.
Impact: McCray entered the league with Miami as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State. He's appeared in 15 games over the past two seasons with the Dolphins and Buccaneers.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berry (heel) did not practice Thursday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With Berry still ailing and unlikely to play Saturday against the Vikings, the Chiefs bolstered their depth at safety on Thursday, by acquiring Kelcie McCray in trade with the Bucs.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: As did Jamaal Charles, with Thomas a name to file away in deeper formats, assuming -- as expected -- that he moves into the sort of versatile role in the Chiefs' offense previously held by Dexter McCluster.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mays is expected to ungergo wrist surgery within the next 24 hours, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Mays, who was viewed as the leading candidate to start at inside linebacker for the Chiefs opposite Derrick Johnson, is thus out indefinitely and off the IDP radar for the time being.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCray was traded from the Buccaneers to the Chiefs on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: McCray heads to Kansas City in exchange for guard Rishaw Johnson. The 25-year-old McCray recorded 12 tackles (eight solo) in 11 games for the Buccaneers last season and now slots in as a depth safety for the Chiefs.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Charles (bruised foot) returned to practice Thursday, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: The report notes that the Chiefs eased Charles (who missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday) back in, as he worked with the second team and scout team during Thursday's session, but his return to the field, in any capacity, is a good sign. At this stage, it's unclear if Charles will play Saturday night against the Vikings, but his long-term prospects don't appear dimmed by his foot issue.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hemingway (hip) did not practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Neither did Dwayne Bowe, with fellow receiver Frankie Hammond drawing added practice reps again Wednesday, as a result.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas was slowed Wednesday by a spasm in his hamstring, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: The fourth-round draft pick has opened eyes during training camp, displaying versatility while working as a runner, receiver, and punt returner. In doing so, he has made a case for himself to help fill the void created by the free agent departure of Dexter McCluster.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowe (quadriceps), who did not practice Wednesday, is "making progress," according to coach Andy Reid, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: With Bowe (who is suspended for Week 1's contest) and Junior Hemingway both currently banged up, Frankie Hammond is seeing added practice reps.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Charles (foot) did not practice Wednesday, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Charles, who is dealing with a bruised foot, is in the day-to-day category for now, with no indication at this stage that his injury is a long-term concern. Supporting that notion is that coach Andy Reid relayed Wednesday that Charles is "making progress."
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mays (wrist) did not practice Tuesday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Mays exited Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers with a wrist injury and wasn't able to return. He was held out of practice Tuesday, but the extent of the injury still hasn't been released. The status of Mays--who is listed as a starting inside linebacker for the Chiefs--for Saturday's game against the Vikings is still unclear. In 14 games with the Texans last season, he recorded 67 tackles and a sack.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berry (heel) did not practice Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The report notes that the Chiefs are referring to Berry's injury as tendinitis in his heel, with the safety's status for Saturday's preseason contest against the Vikings cloudy at this stage.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hemingway (hip) did not practice Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With Hemingway and Dwayne Bowe sitting out the session, the report notes that Frankie Hammond saw some first-team snaps Tuesday. Assuming Hemingway's hip flexor doesn't linger, he has a shot to open the season as the Chiefs' No. 3 wideout. With Bowe slated to sit out the Chiefs' season opener due to a suspension, if Hemingway does indeed claim the assignment, he could merit attention as a possible one-game option in deeper formats in Week 1.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santos made his only field goal attempt - from 44 yards out - in Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Meanwhile, the Chiefs' incumbent kicker, Ryan Succop, made both of his attempts in the contest, including a 54-yarder. Succop appears past the groin injury that had slowed him recently and his solid showing Sunday should help his cause as he aims to hold off Santos' challenge for the Chiefs' kicking assignment.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The 54-yard field goal Succop converted in the first quarter of Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers tied his career long, the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impact: Succop, who added a 25-yarder later in the contest, appears past a groin injury that had slowed him of late and his effort Sunday should help his cause as he tries to hold off the challenge posed by fellow kicker Cairo Santos, who made his only attempt from 44 yards out.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowe (finger) will not practice Tuesday due to a sore quadriceps, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Bowe played through a finger ailment to catch five passes for 62 yards in Sunday's preseason game versus the Panthers, but in doing so, the wideout apparently added a quad issue to his current medical woes. That being said, there's nothing to suggest the injury is cause for concern and his finger ailment obviously didn't impact his effectiveness much. In fact, the biggest qualm Bowe has is probably the one-game suspension he'll have to serve to begin this season.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Charles (foot) will not practice Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Charles bruised his foot while moving out of the Chiefs' training camp facility last week, but various tests fortunately revealed no real damage. The Chiefs are probably just playing things safe with Charles, who should be considered day-to-day moving forward. However, after sitting out Sunday's second preseason game in Carolina, Charles may be good to go by this Saturday's dress rehearsal versus the Vikings.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though it's unclear if Charles (foot) will practice Tuesday, coach Andy Reid noted that the Chiefs' star running back is "feeling better" Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The report indicates that Charles bruised his foot last week while carrying a box from the team's dorm at the Chiefs' training camp facility to a nearby parking lot, but so far, it looks like the running back will be fine. "We're optimistic about it," Reid said. "Initially there was some concern. He had all the stuff done on it, the X-rays, the MRIs and all that done on it. Everything is clear." Based on that assessment, we'll consider Charles day-to-day in advance of Saturday's preseason contest against the Vikings.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasano caught two passes (on four targets) for 29 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Fasano remains atop the Chiefs' tight end depth chart, and his blocking skills should ensure his role in the team's offense this season. While he's good for the occasional touchdown, in terms of fantasy upside, teammate Travis Kelce looks like the Chiefs' tight end to target.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowe (finger) caught five passes (on six targets) for 62 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Bowe will miss the Chiefs' regular season opener against the Titans due to a suspension, but his effort Sunday was encouraging in that he didn't appear hampered by the finger issue that had resulted in his share of training camp drops. Upon his return to action in Week 2 against the Broncos, Bowe will be in line to reclaim his starting wideout slot, a position that Junior Hemingway could man in Week 1, assuming the hip injury Hemingway suffered Sunday doesn't linger.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas ran once for 13 yards and recorded two catches for minus-eight yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Though Thomas is behind Jamaal Charles (foot) and Knile Davis in the Chiefs' RB pecking order, Thomas figures to carve out a role in the team's offense this season, with his versatility pointing to him moving into the role previously held by Dexter McCluster. In such a scenario, Thomas could merit fantasy attention, notably in PPR formats.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gray carried 10 times for 44 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Though Gray isn't projected to be a big factor in the Chiefs' run game with Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis,and De'Anthony Thomas on hand, Gray could stick with the team out of the gate as a depth back/special teamer.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Jamaal Charles (foot) sitting out Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers for precautionary reasons, Davis was given all of the carries with the Chiefs' first-team offense in the contest, the team's official site reports.
Impact: In the processes, Davis recorded nine carries for 30 yards and caught three passes for 26 yards. While Charles' foot injury isn't believed to be a significant concern, Davis remains on the fantasy radar as the clear-cut top RB backup in what figures to be a run-heavy offense.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While addressing the media following Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers, coach Andy Reid confirmed that the Chiefs held Charles (foot) out of the contest as a precaution, the team's official site reports. "With Jamaal Charles, he twisted his foot and kind of freak thing," Reid noted Sunday. "It didn't happen at practice. It was after practice [when] we were leaving and so, we held him out. Precautionary measures. I think he's going to be fine but I left him back at home. We'll go from there but he's doing well."
Impact: It sounds as though Charles' foot issue isn't a major concern at this stage, but his status will nonetheless be worth monitoring in the coming days. In his absence Sunday, his top backup Knile Davis carried nine times for 30 yards, while Cyrus Gray carried 10 times for 44 yards.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelce had four catches on four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Kelce has now caught a touchdown in both of the Chiefs' preseason games, although neither pass came from starting quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs continue to look for a reliable No. 2 receiver behind Dwayne Bowe, and Kelce keeps showing that he may be the man for the job. That role will be even more important when the season opens, as Bowe is suspended for Week 1 against the Titans. Anthony Fasano is still atop the tight end depth chart, but Kelce is the better pass catcher of the two.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith completed 14-of-22 passes for 127 yards and ran one time for nine yards during Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Smith played the entire first half but didn't seem to have any real chemistry with receivers not-named Dwayne Bowe. That will be an issue heading into the season, as Bowe, who caught five passes on six targets for 62 yards (all from Smith), is suspended for the first game of the season. With Jamaal Charles (foot) sitting this one out, Smith threw the ball more than he normally does, so owners shouldn't look at the stat line and start thinking that Smith is going to start throwing 44 times per game.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mays left Sunday's preseason game with a wrist injury.
Impact: The extent of Mays' setback is not known, but expect the Chiefs to provide an update on Mays' status sometime following Sunday's game.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hemingway left Sunday's preseason game with a hip injury.
Impact: Hemingway missed a good portion of training camp with a hamstring injury before returning to action Sunday, but he is now dealing with another setback. Expect an update on Hemingway's status as more details become available.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Charles, who is dealing with a bruised foot, will be held out of Sunday's preseason contest against the Panthers for precautionary reasons, BJ Kissel of kcchiefs.com reports.
Impact: We'll monitor Charles' status in the coming days, but at first glance, this doesn't appear to be a major concern for the Chiefs' star running back, per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. With Charles out, the likes of Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray, De'Anthony Thomas and Charcandrick West are in line to handle the team's rushing duties Sunday.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avery's teammate and fellow receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended for the regular-season opener, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The absence of Bowe (who is in line to start at wideout opposite Avery) for one game shouldn't drastically alter Avery's fantasy prospects, but if Bowe's balky finger persists, it could result in added looks and thus potential deep-league utility for Avery as the season progresses. Junior Hemingway is a candidate to start opposite Avery in Week 1, according to NFL.com.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Bowe was suspended for the season opener against Tennessee for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Impact: Bowe was pulled over for speeding in a Kansas City suburb on Nov. 10, and was arrested after police found a black bag containing his wallet, driver's license and two container of suspected marijuana. He later pleaded guilty to amended charges of defective equipment and littering, and his attorney said there was no admission of guilt for the marijuana charge, which was dismissed. "I made an error in judgment," he said.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hemingway is a candidate to fill in for fellow wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who will be suspended for the Chiefs' regular season opener, ESPN.com.
Impact: Along with Hemingway, who is listed behind Bowe on the Chiefs' unofficial depth chart, the report indicates that A.J. Jenkins, Kyle Williams and rookie Albert Wilson could also factor into the mix, but either way, Bowe's Week 1 replacement will be primarily a short-term, deep-league consideration. That assessment could, however, change if the finger issue that Bowe has been dealing with continues to hamper him as the season progresses.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowe (finger) has been suspended for one game and will miss the Chiefs' season opener against the Titans, ESPN.com reports. The report notes that the suspension stems from a Nov. 10, 2013 incident in which the wideout was pulled over in Riverside, Mo., for speeding and possession of marijuana.
Impact: Bowe, who has been hampered in training camp by a finger issue, will thus be eligible to return to action in Week 2 against the Broncos, at which time, he should resume his starting wideout duties for the Chiefs. In the team's opener, NFL.com suggests that Junior Hemingway is a candidate to start opposite Donnie Avery in Bowe's place.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith is being encouraged by the Chiefs to attempt more downfield passes, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Smith was largely conservative last season, as the team's leading receiver was running back Jamaal Charles. This led to Smith throwing only seven interceptions, but the Chiefs were dominated by their opponents in terms of pass plays of 20 yards or greater. Andy Reid and company hope for this to change this season, as they will encourage their quarterback to take more chances on deep balls than in years past. If this holds true at the onset of the regular season, both Donnie Avery and Dwayne Bowe could see more opportunities for big plays down the field.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berry, who did not practice Thursday because of tendinitis in his heel, won't play against the Panthers on Sunday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Berry also missed last weekend's game against the Bengals, but coach coach Andy Reid is downplaying the safety's injury at this time. "We're just going to let it calm down here," Reid said Thursday. "He's been battling this thing so we'll let it get settled down before we bring him back. I think he"ll be fine. I don't think it will be a problem."
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowe has been dealing with a finger injury in training camp, ESPN.com reports. "His finger is shot," coach Andy Reid indicated Thursday. "It's been thrown out of place about 15 times and he's not catching the ball. But he's getting his work done. You can practice with that type of thing."
Impact: Despite being nicked up, Bowe hasn't missed any practice time and he's not among the Chiefs expected to miss Sunday night's preseason game against the Panthers. The ailment does, however, help explain why the wideout has had some issues with drops in training camp thus far. It remains to be seen if Bowe's finger issue persists, but at this stage it appears to be something that the Chiefs' top wideout should be able to continue to play through.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith ran primarily with the Chiefs' first-team defense at the right cornerback slot during Wednesday's practice, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, Ron Parker, who had been seeing first-team duty at the position, split work on the left side Wednesday with starter Marcus Cooper. While Smith has yet to officially reclaim a starting job, Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas noted that the cornerback is "having a pretty good camp," with the report suggesting that it may just be a matter of time before Smith overtakes Parker.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hemingway, who had missed some training camp action due to a sore hamstring and didn't play in the Chiefs' preseason opener, made his mark at Wednesday's practice, the team's official site reports.
Impact: While working in 11-on-11 drills with the Chiefs' first-team offense Wednesday, the report notes that Hemingway made consecutive contested catches while working out of the slot. While we wouldn't overreact a strong practice, now that he he is healthy, Hemingway has a chance to carve out a role in the Chiefs' offense, working out of the slot, an assignment that could result in deep league utility if he continues to click with QB Alex Smith.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berry (heel) missed practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The report describes Berry's issue as an irritated heel, which caused him to miss practice for the second straight day on Wednesday. Consider the Chiefs' starting strong safety day-to-day for now.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Succop (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The report notes that Succop saw plenty of work in his return to practice Wednesday, suggesting that he should be able to suit up Sunday against the Panthers. With Cairo Santos mounting a challenge for the Chiefs' kicking job, staying on the field is of the utmost importance for Succop as he tries to retain the job, which he has held since 2009.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowe, who dropped a pair of passes and deflected another for an interception during Wednesday's practice, hasn't had a great training camp thus far, according to ESPN.com.
Impact: Bowe, who turns 30 in September, in no danger of losing his starting wideout role, but coming off a 2013 campaign in which he caught just 57 passes for 673 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games, it's clear that the Chiefs are looking for more from Bowe, who is slated to start opposite Donnie Avery this season. On the plus side, Chiefs wide receivers coach David Culley indicated that Bowe is in much better shape than he was at this stage last summer and given the team's other options at hand in the passing game, Alex Smith and the Chiefs have little choice but to hope that Bowe parlays his fitness into improved on-field results.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Berry left the Chiefs' practice for the second time this training camp on Tuesday as he continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his right heel.
Impact: Berry missed a few days of practice last week with the heel injury. He eventually returned to workouts but did not play in the Chiefs' preseason opener against Cincinnati.