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Low-key Rodney Hudson keeps Chiefs’ O-line in line

Center Rodney Hudson, a quiet, hard-working and humble guy from Mobile, Ala., is the leader of the Chiefs’ offensive line. Running-mate Geoff Schwartz, the right guard, notes that in the NFL, the amount of responsibility that has been heaped upon Hudson’s shoulders is not necessarily typical. “He is our quarterback up front. He sets up where we’re going every play.”

Chiefs treating Dexter McCluster for infection in ankle

Chiefs wide receiver/punt returner Dexter McCluster missed a second day of practice on Friday while recovering from an infection caused by a cut in his ankle suffered in last week’s game at Washington. McCluster underwent a procedure for the infection on Thursday as well as other tests, and Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said, “I know the big question is, ‘Does he have MRSA?’ but we don’t know that because we don’t have all the cultures back.”

Chiefs’ Eric Berry takes to pass-rushing role

According to Pro Football Focus, Berry not only leads all NFL safeties in pass-rush attempts with 60 — 12 more than the next closest player — he also leads his position in sacks (3 1/2 ) and quarterback hurries (10) and is second in quarterback hits (three), solidifying his status as the rare quarterback hunter at an increasingly coverage-oriented position.

Derrick Johnson has set the tone early for Chiefs with big defensive plays

Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson has had a knack for making impact plays early in games that have been instrumental in the Chiefs’ 10-3 record and moving to within a victory of clinching a playoff spot. That freedom must be earned, and the coaching staff believes Johnson, 31, deserves it.

It’s gotta be the shoes: Chiefs say longer cleats helped in win at snowy Washington

There were a record 90 total touchdowns in the 14 NFL games Sunday, six by the Chiefs in their 45-10 triumph at Washington. What made the record so astounding were the frightful weather conditions at most of the games. But footing was not an issue for the Chiefs, whose equipment manager Allen Wright changed his players’ cleats for longer ones before the game.

Chiefs’ pass rush comes back in big way

When the snow started falling at FedEx Field early on Sunday, it became was clear to Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali that this could be a game won with a strong performance at the line of scrimmage — albeit with an admittedly simple approach.

Chiefs rout Washington with a complete performance, snap three-game losing streak

The Chiefs got their mojo back on Sunday. Taking advantage of a seemingly uninterested Washington team, they snapped a three-game losing streak with a 45-10 win and moved to within one victory of clinching an AFC playoff spot.

Chiefs reach a crossroads in a season of the unexpected

For nine weeks, the Chiefs were an unstoppable force, winning games in almost every way imaginable. A five-game run of playing backup quarterbacks and downtrodden teams ended along with the winning. So did a relatively injury-free season when Houston suffered a subluxation of his right elbow two weeks ago against San Diego and offensive tackle Branden Albert hyperextended a knee last week against Denver. Since that 9-0 start, the Chiefs have not won a game in more than a month.

Junior Hemingway embraces his multifaceted role with the Chiefs

During the Chiefs’ first seven games, wide receiver Junior Hemingway averaged nearly 12 offensive snaps; during the last five games, he’s averaged 16 offensive snaps. That may not seem like a big difference, but after spending practically all of last season on the Chiefs’ practice squad, the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder couldn’t be more pleased to see his role increase for a winning team.

Despite rough few weeks, Chiefs confident in their defense

The stats have been ugly recently, but it's the losses that have bothered Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson. So when he learned that the Chiefs' once-vaunted defense ¯ you know, the one that was dominant during their 9-0 start this season ¯ has allowed over 400 yards in four consecutive games, Johnson was, well, somewhat taken aback.

Washington’s Robert Griffin III gives Chiefs plenty to worry about

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III would seem to be the kind of quarterback Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson would love to face. Or maybe not. “Not really,” said Johnson, the Chiefs’ leading tackler. “Any quarterback who can run, you get less sleep because you take away one thing and they can do another.”

Man who plays KC Wolf out of hospital, faces ‘long road of recovery’

Dan Meers, the man who plays the Chiefs’ KC Wolf mascot who was seriously injured while rehearsing a pregame skit two weeks ago, has been released from the hospital and is resting at home. “He is facing a long road of recovery,” said his attorney, Tim Dollar.

Mysterious Arrowhead death haunts victim's family

Police said Kyle Van Winkle — the father of a 7-week-old baby — entered an apparently unlocked vehicle resembling one belonging to the group he came with and close to where the group had parked earlier. His death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Five former players suing Chiefs over concussions

The Kansas City Chiefs are being sued by five former players hoping to learn what the team knew about concussions, and when it was known. They are seeking undisclosed financial damages. Kevin Porter, Joe Phillips, Louis Cooper, Chris Martin and Leonard Griffin are suing for damages related to brain injuries suffered during their National Football League careers.

Victim identified in Arrowhead death

Police on Monday said that medical authorities still have not determined what caused the suspicious death Sunday of a 30-year-old Smithville man outside Arrowhead Stadium.

Cooper’s lackluster play draws scrutiny

Marcus Cooper stood in front of the microphone and the cameras Sunday evening, patiently answering probing questions about his play after the Chiefs’ secondary had been torched by Denver quarterback Peyton Manning in a 35-28 loss.

Davis makes big splash with first TD

When Knile Davis fielded the ball 8 yards deep in the end zone Sunday, he could have done what a more timid returner would do and taken a knee for a touchback.

Broncos top Chiefs, take control of AFC West

There’s little doubt who’s in control of the AFC West now.

Round II vs. Broncos couldn’t come soon enough for the Chiefs

Because of a quirk in the NFL schedule, the Chiefs, 9-2, and Broncos, 9-2, meet at 3:25 Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, just two weeks after their prime-time showdown for first place in the AFC West at Denver. The stakes are even higher now. With a win, the Chiefs would regain first place in the division. A Broncos win would essentially give them a two-game lead in the division with four games to play.

Chiefs’ Justin Houston will not play Sunday against Denver

Linebacker Justin Houston was officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against Denver by Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Friday. Reid said Houston has ligament and muscle damage in his right elbow and is week-to-week. Reid said he didn’t think the injury was season-ending.

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