Sam Mellinger

KC Chiefs’ identity has been built on great pass rushers

There are not many franchises in the NFL whose identity is more entwined with defensive players — especially pass rushers — than the Chiefs. From Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith to Jared Allen to Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, the Chiefs stand out among NFL teams as an incubator of sorts for top-shelf pass rushers.


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Chiefs’ KC Wolf mascot reaches settlement after zip-line accident

Dan Meers, who performs as the Chiefs’ mascot, KC Wolf, reached a confidential settlement in a lawsuit regarding severe injuries he sustained last November while rehearsing a pre-game, zip-line routine at Arrowhead Stadium. The amount of the settlement and identity of the party are part of the confidentiality agreement, said Meers’ attorney, Tim Dollar, who emphasized the party was not the Chiefs.


Chiefs linebacker Joe Mays to have wrist surgery

Chiefs inside linebacker Joe Mays will have wrist surgery, a source confirmed to The Star on Thursday. Mays, 29, injured his wrist during the first half of the Chiefs’ 28-16 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It’s unclear how long Mays will be out.


Jamaal Charles returns to practice for Chiefs

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned to practice on Thursday, but not with the starters. Charles, who did not make the trip to Carolina for last Sunday’s preseason game because of an off-field foot injury, worked the second team and scout team in Thursday’s practice.