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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has dealt with shoulder injuries before

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith missed all or parts of three seasons during his eight-year career at San Francisco because of shoulder issues, so when St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn slammed Smith to the turf on back-to-back plays at the end of the first half of the Chiefs’ win Sunday, he recognized the symptoms of a sprain to his right shoulder.

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Rex Ryan jokingly hopes the Chiefs’ Bob Sutton doesn’t take his job

No one has to tell New York Jets coach Rex Ryan how good the Chiefs' defense is. The Bob Sutton-led unit ranks first in the NFL in pass defense and third in the NFL in overall defense, and Ryan could hardly wait to praise the job Sutton, his former assistant in New York, has done this season to turn around a group that gave up multiple big plays toward the end of last season.

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Share your #PaperChiefs photos and win prizes

Look for our Chiefs Extra print section in The Kansas City Star each Friday before the Chiefs play for a new action figure. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperChiefs or email them to sports@kcstar.com for a chance to win prizes. Check out our photo gallery of some of the best submissions so far.

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Chiefs’ QB Smith suffers a shoulder sprain

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith emerged from Sunday’s victory over the St. Louis Rams with a sprained right shoulder, Coach Andy Reid said on Monday. The injury occurred at the end of the first half of the Chiefs’ 34-7 victory.

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Chiefs ranked third in NFL in overall defense

Though the Chiefs have played most of the season without Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry as well as defensive end Mike DeVito, they are ranked No. 3 in the NFL in overall defense, No. 1 in pass defense and No. 3 in points allowed.