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Losing cornerback L'Jarius Sneed shouldn't be enough to dampen the expectations of a Chiefs defense that finished second per game last year in sacks (57), total yards allowed (289.8) and points allowed (16.1). Anchored by a quality front-seven including dangerous D-tackle Chris Jones, the Chiefs tend to have a way of dictating their opponents' game plans via the scoreboard. If there's a worry it's that they open the season against the Ravens, Bengals and Falcons, three offenses with plenty of firepower. But after that they have maybe three or four matchups on the schedule against offenses who can reliably match up with them on the scoreboard. If you can keep the long view in mind, the Chiefs DST are worth taking with one of your last two picks.

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  • Chiefs' Justin Reid: Dealing with quad injury

    Kansas City indicated that Reid was placed on the active/non-football injury list Sunday due to a quad issue, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports. Reid was a surprise addition to the NFI list, and the reason for the move is now clear. Head coach Andy Reid indicated that the safety is day-to-day, so it doesn't sound like the issue will put his status for the start of the season in jeopardy.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Reid: Begins camp on NFI list

    The Chiefs placed Reid (undisclosed) on the active/non-football injury list Sunday, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports. It's not yet clear what sort of issue Reid is dealing with, though those details may be shared following Sunday's practice. The veteran safety is eligible to be activated at any time during the preseason, at which point he'd be able to practice and play in exhibition contests.
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  • Chiefs' Derrick Nnadi: Placed on PUP list

    The Chiefs placed Nnadi (tricep) on the active/PUP list Wednesday. Nnadi suffered a left tricep injury during Kansas City's wild-card win over the Dolphins after suiting up for all 17 of the team's regular-season games, and he was sidelined during OTAs. The defensive tackle can be activated from the PUP list at any point throughout training camp, though at this time, it's unclear whether he'll be available for the Chiefs' preseason opener against Jacksonville on Aug. 10.
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  • Chiefs' Charles Omenihu: Heads to PUP list

    The Chiefs placed Omenihu (knee) on the active/PUP list Wednesday. Omenihu is still recovering from February surgery to repair a torn ACL, an injury he suffered uring Kansas City's AFC Championship Game win over the Ravens. The expectation is that he'll miss at least the early portion of the 2024 regular season.
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  • Chiefs' Jaylen Watson: Placed on PUP list

    The Chiefs placed Watson on the active/PUP list Wednesday with an undisclosed injury. He'll be eligible to come off the PUP list at any time during training camp or the preseason, once the Chiefs deem him healthy enough to practice. The 2022 seventh-round draft pick was a rotational contributor in the Kansas City secondary last season, but he now appears primed for a more pivotal role in 2024 following the departure of L'Jarius Sneed.
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  • Chiefs' BJ Thompson: Shifts to NFI list

    Kansas City placed Thompson (undisclosed) on the active/non-football injury list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Thompson being placed on the NFI list to begin training camp isn't surprising, as he suffered a seizure and cardiac arrest during a team meeting back in June. Kansas City will doubtless take every precaution with Thompson's recovery as he works his way back onto the practice field. He'll be eligible to return from the NFI list at any point during training camp or the preseason, once cleared to practice.
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  • Isaiah Buggs: Informed of release

    The Chiefs informed Buggs of his release Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Buggs was arrested June 16 on charges of domestic violence and burglary, less than a month after he turned himself in for misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. He played for Detroit the past two seasons and was waived Jan. 2.
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  • Chiefs' BJ Thompson: Released from hospital

    Thompson (undisclosed) was released from the hospital Monday, Alex Andrejev and Nate Taylor of The Athletic report. Thompson is now resting at home four days after having suffered a seizure and cardiac arrest during a special teams meeting at team facilities. The Chiefs will surely take a cautious approach to the 27-year-old's recovery. When ready to retake the field, Thompson will be in position to compete for a depth role at edge rusher while also potentially contributing on special teams.
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  • Chiefs' Nazeeh Johnson: Participating in OTAs

    Johnson (knee) is participating in the Chiefs' organized team activities, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports. Johnson has apparently recovered from a torn ACL that caused him to miss the entire 2023 season. The 2022 seventh-round pick will now try to earn a depth role in the secondary for the defending Super Bowl champs.
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  • Chiefs' BJ Thompson: Awake and responsive

    Thompson, who was reported to be in stable condition Thursday after suffering a seizure and going into cardiac arrest during a special-teams meeting, is awake and responsive Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Thompson's prognosis is positive, per Pelissero, and Adam Teicher of ESPN reported Thursday that doctors are 'optimistic' about his recovery. The Chiefs returned to practice Friday to conclude voluntary OTAs.
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  • Chiefs' Jaden Hicks: KC ends slide in Round 4

    The Chiefs selected Hicks in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, 133rd overall. Deemed by many to be the top safety entering the 2024 NFL Draft, the Chiefs managed to snare Hicks with one of the final picks in the fourth round. A two-year starter at Washington State, the 6-foot-2 safety is probably more of a coverage option as opposed to a bruiser near the box, but he'll have time to grow in the secondary with the Chiefs already three-deep at safety.
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  • Chiefs' Nazeeh Johnson: Pens ERFA contract

    Johnson (knee) signed his contract with the Chiefs as a exclusive rights free agent Tuesday. Johnson spent the entire 2023 campaign on injured reserve due to a torn ACL. He contributed exclusively on special teams as a rookie back in 2022, and prior to tearing his ACL it was expected that Johnson would get a chance to compete for expanded defensive opportunities. If his recovery concludes without any setbacks, Johnson should pick up where he left off prior to injury.
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  • Chiefs' Mike Danna: Back with Super Bowl champs

    Danna has agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the Chiefs, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Danna -- whose deal is reportedly worth $24 million and includes $13 million guaranteed, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network -- established career highs last year by recording 6.5 sacks and 50 tackles in 16 regular-season games for Kansas City. With an extension now in place, the 26-year-old is set to continue in his starting defensive end role with the team that took him in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
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  • Titans' L'Jarius Sneed: Agrees to massive deal with Titans

    Sneed and Tennessee agreed to terms Tuesday on a four-year, $76.4 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Sneed's massive new contract reportedly includes a $20 million signing bonus and $55 million guaranteed, though the exact guarantees haven't been disclosed. It's an enormous commitment from Tennessee, but the team is installing Sneed as its No. 1 cornerback after parting with a 2025 third-round selection and 2024 seventh-round pick to acquire him from Kansas City.
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  • Titans' L'Jarius Sneed: Dealt to Music City

    Sneed was traded to the Titans on Friday in exchange for a 2025 third-round selection and 2024 seventh-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Sneed and Tennessee are expected to work out a new contract once the trade is finalized. The Chiefs placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on him prior to free agency before granting the cornerback permission to seek a trade and speak with teams around the league. That ultimately led to a deal with the Titans, where Sneed will presumably slot into the No. 1 cornerback role heading into the 2024 campaign.
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  • Bills' Mike Edwards: Joining Buffalo's secondary

    Edwards signed a one-year deal with the Bills on Wednesday, Maddy Glab of the team's official site reports. This past season with the Chiefs, Edwards logged 51 tackles and an interception in 17 regular-season games, including five starts. In his new locale, the 2019 third-rounder -- who turns 28 in May -- bolsters a safety corps that recently saw Jordan Poyer sign with the Dolphins in free agency.
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  • Chiefs' Derrick Nnadi: Re-signs with Kansas City

    The Chiefs re-signed Nnadi (triceps) on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Nnadi has spent all six of his seasons with the Chiefs and is now coming back for a seventh. He appeared in all 17 regular-season games last season but suffered a triceps injury seven snaps into the wild-card win over the Dolphins and missed the remainder of the playoffs. Reliable as anyone, Nnadi has missed just one career regular-season contest.
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  • Chiefs' Tershawn Wharton: Stays in Kansas City

    Wharton re-signed with the Chiefs on a one-year, $2.75 million contract Thursday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports. Wharton has been a regular on the interior of Kansas City's defensive line in each of the past four seasons since going undrafted out of Missouri S&T. That trend should continue in 2024 for a fifth season after a 2023 campaign that saw him record 21 combined tackles, including 2.0 sacks, on 385 defensive snaps across 17 regular-season contests.
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  • Chiefs' Mike Pennel: Staying in Kansas City

    The Chiefs re-signed Pennel to a one-year-deal Wednesday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports Pennel will stay in Kansas City after spending the majority of last season on the Chiefs' practice squad. The 32-year-old should compete for a spot as a reserve defender after compiling four tackles (two solo) across three appearances a season ago.
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  • Chiefs' Deon Bush: Staying in KC

    Bush intends to re-sign with the Chiefs on a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After spending his first six seasons in Chicago, Bush is set to start his third straight campaign in Kansas City. He played in just six games during the 2023 season and was primarily used on special teams. The veteran turns 31 years old in August and projects for a similar role with the club in the upcoming season should he again earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
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