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Chiefs’ Bowe, Hali miss practice and won’t play Sunday

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and outside linebacker Tamba Hali did not participate in practice on Friday and were ruled out for Sunday’s regular-season finale at San Diego.

Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe has a concussion, will likely miss Chargers game

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was diagnosed with a concussion on Thursday. Bowe was on the field during the start of practice that is open to reporters. He later reported concussion-like symptoms and was listed on the injury report as a non-participant in practice.

Chiefs’ Dunta Robinson sees room to improve but happy to be back on field

Since going to the bench in October for rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper, it had been a little over two months since veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson saw as much meaningful action as he did against the Colts. And while the loss Sunday clearly irked him, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Robinson did a nice job as he logged 41 plays in his return to the starting nickel position.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is up to the challenge when disputing officials’ calls

Whatever system Chiefs coach Andy Reid has used when deciding to make challenges, it’s hard to argue with the results, even if some players admit they don’t necessarily know all the ins and outs of what all goes into Reid’s challenge decisions. Reid’s record with challenges this season has also helped him earn the trust of his players.

Chiefs’ Reid to ‘mix and match’ players against Chargers

Tthe Chiefs, 11-4, likely will approach this Sunday’s game against San Diego, 8-7, much like coach Andy Reid did four times in Philadelphia when his Eagles’ teams were locked into playoff positions going into a final week, the same way most teams approach a final preseason game.

History suggests Chiefs will sit some starters

With the Chiefs locked into the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs, coach Andy Reid said he has not determined whether he’ll sit some of his starting players in next Sunday’s regular-season finale at San Diego.

Poe’s untimely trash talk proves costly for Chiefs

Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe hardly ever says a word to anyone, much less utter a nasty word.

Chiefs fall flat in 23-7 loss to likely playoff opponent Indianapolis

The Chiefs played their way Sunday into the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. By coming up flat in a 23-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Chiefs, 11-4, are assured of opening the playoffs on the road on the weekend of Jan. 4 and 5. And it appears that game will be a rematch with the Colts in Indianapolis.

Chiefs’ defense goes on the offensive by scoring on returns

The Chiefs lead the NFL with 11 miscellaneous touchdowns — five interception returns and one fumble return on defense; and two punt returns, two kickoff returns and a recovered fumble on special teams.

Chiefs’ Sunday opponents, the Colts, have Luck on their side

Like the Chiefs, who are led by quarterback Alex Smith, the Indianapolis Colts are fronted by a guy who was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft: Andrew Luck.

Dexter McCluster is ready to return to action

The Chiefs are glad to have the returner/wide receiver back after his week dealing with an infected ankle.

Justin Houston moves closer to returning to action for Chiefs

Outside linebacker Justin Houston appears closer to returning to the Chiefs lineup. Houston lined up with the starters during positional drills in practice Thursday. He was first in line to hit the blocking sled, which was an indication Houston has confidence in his right elbow that was dislocated against San Diego on Nov. 24.

Chiefs teammates say running back Jamaal Charles is one tough MVP candidate

Jamaal Charles leads in the Chiefs in rushing, catches and receiving yards, and is just three receiving touchdowns short of becoming the first player in NFL history to record 10 rushing and 10 receiving touchdowns in the same season. Charles’ monster day against Oakland not only earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, it also thrust him into the discussion as a candidate for NFL Most Valuable Player or Offensive Player of Year.

Jamaal Charles can thank his line, and coaching staff, for sticking with the screen

Oakland proved unable to stop the Chiefs’ screen-pass plays on Sunday, so Jamaal Charles and company kept right on running them ... and running them, and running them, and running them. But as far as the final tally goes — six catches, 127 yards and three touchdowns came on screens — well, even they didn’t expect that.

Chiefs, Colts will likely learn something about each other

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts appear destined to meet in the opening round of the NFL playoffs in three weeks, but don’t expect either team to hold anything back when the teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday.

Chiefs were ready for Raiders’ McGloin, grabbing four interceptions

It's no coincidence that all four of the Chiefs' interceptions came by reading Matt McGloin's eyes. “Oh, I was reading them,” said safety Eric Berry, who racked up two interceptions, including his second pick-6 of the season. Berry added that they watched a lot of film on McGloin throughout the week, and that “it paid off.”

Chiefs clinch AFC playoff spot with wild 56-31 victory over Raiders

The Chiefs didn’t rely on help from others on Sunday. They took the field at the Oakland Coliseum knowing they had to beat the Raiders to clinch a playoff spot. And that’s exactly what they did, defeating the Raiders 56-31 and clinching at least a wild-card spot in the AFC playoffs in the Chiefs’ first season under coach Andy Reid.

Chiefs return to days of yore on special teams

The Chiefs’ long history of strong special teams and returners has never included this many weapons in the same season.

Chiefs’ McCluster cleared of MRSA but will miss game at Oakland

Test results on Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster’s ankle cleared him of a serious staph infection, but he did not make the trip on Saturday for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

Jovan Belcher’s body exhumed for brain examination

New clues could soon emerge in last December’s murder-suicide involving former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and longtime girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. On Friday, Belcher’s body was exhumed at his family’s request and his brain will be examined. The potential discoveries could be enormously important, both in science and football.

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