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Chris Conley’s punt return from end zone was planned

Chris Conley was following orders when he returned this punt out of the end zone in the fourth quarter Friday.
Chris Conley was following orders when he returned this punt out of the end zone in the fourth quarter Friday. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The Chiefs were clinging to a one-point lead Friday with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining when the Seahawks punted from their 40. The boot drove return man Chris Conley 2 yards deep into the end zone.

It seemed crazy for Conley to catch the ball and to embark on a return, which netted 5 yards. But Conley was under orders from the coaching staff.

“We wanted him to return it all costs,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He did what he was told to do there.”

Conley, the third-round pick from Georgia, played in his first preseason game after missing last week while recovering from a knee injury. Conley’s 21 snaps in the Chiefs’ 14-13 victory over Seattle were the most of any wide receiver, but he didn’t have a reception, nor was he targeted.

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