Steelers dominant, but settling for field goals

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The Steelers dominated most of the first half but they only hold a 12-7 lead at halftime.

Chris Boswell has kicked four field goals, three from inside 40 yards, and the Steelers have to hope that their inability to get in the end zone doesn’t eventually come back to haunt them.

In the first 25 minutes the Steelers outgained the Chiefs, 213-94. At halftime the yardage differential is 275-106.

Before the third Boswell field goal, a diving Eric Berry interception on a pass that was deflected high into the air by Frank Zombo kept the Steelers out of the end zone after Ryan Shazier’s interception set them up in Kansas City territory.

The Steelers have been a little greedy with the pass instead of feeding the ball to Le’Veon Bell, who had 101 rushing yards on 18 carries in the first half. Antonio Brown has 101 receiving yards.

The Chiefs got their only points and the game’s only touchdown on their first drive on a 5-yard pass from Alex Smith to Albert Wilson.

Chiefs keep it going, keep linebacker Frank Zombo for three years

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Andy Reid used to coach the Eagles, and the Chiefs continue to do business at a Philadelphian pace.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Chiefs have signed linebacker Frank Zombo to a three-year deal.

He’ll make $3.6 million, with another $750,000 available in incentives.

The 29-year-old Zombo is a solid spare part and special teamer, who had 3.0 sacks last season. He’s played all 48 games since joining the Chiefs in 2013, after an injury plagued start to his career in Green Bay.

He had a sack for the Packers in Super Bowl XLV, and also, his name is Frank Zombo, which is awesome in and of itself.

Full list of 2016 unrestricted and restricted free agents-to-be

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Now that the 2015 season is officially in the rear view mirror, it’s time to turn attention ahead to the season to come. The first step will be the annual frenzy of free agency to take place next month with the start of the new league year.

So which players will be available on the market when the new year begins? The giant list that follows contains the answers. In total, 528 players have contracts set to expire with 431 players set to be unrestricted free agents and 97 players to be restricted free agents.

This list does not include players that have been released by teams prior to free agency. It only includes players that have contracts set to expire with the start of the new league year next month.

The list that follows is organized by 2015 team:

Arizona Cardinals

DE/OLB Jason Babin
WR Jaron Brown (restricted)
DE Red Bryant
P Drew Butler (restricted)
FS Chris Clemons
OLB Dwight Freeney
TE Jermaine Gresham
SS Tony Jefferson (restricted)
RB Chris Johnson
FS Rashad Johnson
G Ted Larsen
LS Mike Leach (announced retirement)
OT Bobby Massie
CB Jerraud Powers
C Lyle Sendlein
OT Bradley Sowell
QB Drew Stanton
SS D.J. Swearinger (restricted)
ILB Sean Weatherspoon
CB Corey White
OLB LaMarr Woodley

Atlanta Falcons

CB Philip Adams
DE Kroy Biermann
G Chris Chester
DE Adrian Clayborn
FS Charles Godfrey
C Gino Gradkowski
K Shayne Graham
OT Bryce Harris
OT Jake Long
TE Tony Moeaki
OLB O’Brien Schofield
OT Ryan Schraeder (restricted)
OLB Nathan Stupar (restricted)
OLB Philip Wheeler
ILB Paul Worrilow (restricted)

Buffalo Bills

OLB Nigel Bradham
CB Ron Brooks
DT Corbin Bryant (restricted)
DE Alex Carrington
DT Stefan Charles (restricted)
OT Cordy Glenn
TE MarQueis Gray (restricted)
WR Leonard Hankerson
WR Percy Harvin
WR Chris Hogan (restricted)
G Richie Incognito
QB Josh Johnson
OT Jordan Mills (restricted)
OLB Ty Powell (restricted)
FS Bacarri Rambo (restricted)

Baltimore Ravens

WR Kamar Aiken (restricted)
WR Marlon Brown (restricted)
OLB Chris Carter
QB Jimmy Clausen
LS Morgan Cox
TE Chase Ford (restricted)
WR Chris Givens
OLB Albert McClellan
G Kelechi Osemele
TE Allen Reisner
QB Matt Schaub
SS Brynden Trawick (restricted)
K Justin Tucker
OLB Courtney Upshaw
CB Shareece Wright

Chicago Bears

OLB Sam Acho
CB Alan Ball
OT Nick Becton (restricted)
G Valdimir Ducasse
RB Matt Forte
TE Rob Housler
WR Alshon Jeffery
DE Jarvis Jenkins
WR Marc Mariani
FS Sherrod Martin
ILB Shea McClellin
CB Sherrick McManis
TE Zach Miller
C Will Montgomery
SS Ryan Mundy
G Patrick Omameh (restricted)
CB Tracy Porter
FS Chris Prosinski
OLB LaRoy Reynolds (restricted)
RB Jacquizz Rodgers
WR Deonte Thompson (restricted)
DE Mitch Unrein

Cleveland Browns

FS Johnson Bademosi
WR Travis Benjamin
OLB Tank Carder
FS Tashaun Gipson
SS Don Jones (restricted)
C Alex Mack (voidable contract)
OT Austin Pasztor (restricted)
WR Terrelle Pryor (restricted)
ILB Craig Robertson
OT Mitchell Schwartz
DE Scott Solomon (restricted)

Cincinnati Bengals

DE Wallace Gilberry
CB Leon Hall
SS George Iloka
CB Adam Jones
WR Marvin Jones
OLB Emmanuel Lamur
FS Reggie Nelson
OLB Vincent Rey
WR Mohamed Sanu
DT Pat Sims
OT Andre Smith
WR Brandon Tate
DT Brandon Thompson
OT Eric Winston

Carolina Panthers

WR Jerricho Cotchery
CB Cortland Finnegan
G Tyrone Green
SS Roman Harper
WR Stephen Hill (restricted)
LS J.J. Jansen
DT Kyle Love
CB Josh Norman
P Brad Nortman
OT Mike Remmers (restricted)
OT Chris Scott
G Amini Silatolu
CB Charles Tillman
FB Mike Tolbert
G Fernando Velasco
QB/WR Joe Webb

Denver Broncos

RB C.J. Anderson (restricted)
CB Omar Bolden
FS David Bruton
FS Josh Bush
WR Andre Caldwell
TE Vernon Davis
OT Ryan Harris
RB Ronnie Hillman
DE Malik Jackson
SS Shiloh Keo (restricted)
ILB Brandon Marshall (restricted)
G Evan Mathis
OLB Lerentee McCray (restricted)
OLB Von Miller
WR Jordan Norwood
QB Brock Osweiler
OT Tyler Polumbus
DT Antonio Smith
ILB Danny Trevathan
WR Kyle Williams

Dallas Cowboys

G Mackenzy Bernadeau
OT Charles Brown
QB Matt Cassel
CB Morris Claiborne
FB Tyler Clutts
DE Jack Crawford
RB Lance Dunbar
TE James Hanna
DE Greg Hardy
DT Nick Hayden
SS Jeff Heath (restricted)
OLB Cameron Lawrence (restricted)
G Ronald Leary (restricted)
ILB Rolando McClain
FS Danny McCray
DE Jeremy Mincey
CB Josh Thomas
RB Robert Turbin
OLB Kyle Wilber

Detroit Lions

SS Isa Abdul-Quddus
CB Crezdon Butler
DT Jermelle Cudjo
SS James Ihedigbo
DE Jason Jones
OLB Travis Lewis
WR Lance Moore
LS Don Muhlbach
DT Haloti Ngata
QB Dan Orlovsky
TE Bear Pascoe
G Manny Ramirez
DE Darryl Tapp
DT Tyrunn Walker
OLB Tahir Whitehead
CB Josh Wilson
DE Corey Wootton
WR Tim Wright (restricted)

Green Bay Packers

OT Don Barclay
K Mason Crosby
LS Brett Goode
DT Troy Guion
CB Casey Heyward
WR James Jones
FB John Kuhn
OLB Andy Mulumba (restricted)
ILB Mike Neal
OLB Nick Perry
TE Andrew Quarless
DT B.J. Raji
SS Sean Richardson
RB James Starks
G Lane Taylor (restricted)
QB Scott Tolzien

Houston Texans

CB A.J. Bouye (restricted)
G Brandon Brooks
OT Chris Clark
DE Jared Crick
SS Quintin Demps
RB Jonathan Grimes (restricted)
C Ben Jones
P Shane Lechler
CB Darryl Morris (restricted)
K Nick Novak
SS Eddie Pleasant (restricted)
RB Chris Polk
DE John Simon (restricted)
ILB Justin Tuggle (restricted)
WR Nate Washington
QB Brandon Weeden
QB T.J. Yates

Indianapolis Colts

TE Dwayne Allen
FS Colt Anderson
RB Ahmad Bradshaw
TE Jack Doyle (restricted)
TE Coby Fleener
ILB Jerrell Freeman
QB Matt Hasselbeck
RB Dan Herron (restricted)
G Lance Louis
FS Dwight Lowery
CB Greg Tolar
K Adam Vinatieri
QB Charlie Whitehurst
DT Billy Winn

Jacksonville Jaguars

P Bryan Anger
DE Andre Branch
DE Ryan Davis (restricted)
TE Clay Harbor
QB Chad Henne
DT Abry Jones (restricted)
TE Marcedes Lewis
RB Bernard Pierce
C Stefen Wisniewski
OT Sam Young

Kansas City Chiefs

FS Husain Abudullah
G Jeff Allen
WR Jason Avant
FS Eric Berry
SS Tyvon Branch
QB Chase Daniel
DE Mike Devito
CB Jamell Fleming
DT Jaye Howard
ILB Derrick Johnson
OLB Dezman Moses
CB Sean Smith
OT Donald Stephenson
OLB Frank Zombo

Los Angeles Rams

C Tim Barnes
SS Mark Barron
FS Daren Bates (restricted)
WR Kenny Britt (voidable contract)
RB Benny Cunningham (restricted)
FS Cody Davis (restricted)
DT Nick Fairley
C Brian Folkerts
TE Cory Harkey
DE William Hayes
CB Janoris Jenkins
CB Trumaine Johnson
QB Case Keenum (restricted)
FS Rodney McLeod
WR Brian Quick
RB Chase Reynolds (restricted)
DE Eugene Sims
WR Wes Welker
K Greg Zuerlein

Miami Dolphins

FS Louis Delmas
ILB James-Michael Johnson
WR Rishard Matthews
G Jacques McClendon (restricted)
RB Lamar Miller
QB Matt Moore
OLB Spencer Paysinger
DE Derrick Shelby
ILB Kelvin Sheppard
G Shelley Smith
DE Olivier Vernon
TE Brandon Williams (restricted)

Minnesota Vikings

RB Matt Asiata
SS Robert Blanton
ILB Audie Cole
DT Kenrick Ellis
TE Rhett Ellison
OLB Chad Greenway
G Mike Harris
FB Zach Line (restricted)
OLB Casey Matthews
CB Terence Newman
CB Josh Robinson
SS Andrew Sendejo
CB Marcus Sherels
DE Justin Trattou
OLB Jason Trusnik

New England Patriots

RB LeGarrette Blount
CB Tarell Brown
FB James Develin (restricted)
FS Nate Ebner
WR Brandon Gibson
DE Akiem Hicks
G Kevin Hughes (restricted)
RB Steven Jackson
DT Sealver Siliga (restricted)
WR Bryan Tyms (restricted)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (restricted)
OLB Dekoda Watson
G Ryan Wendell
FS Tavon Wilson

New Orleans Saints

OLB James Anderson
FS Rafael Bush
RB Travaris Cadet
QB Matt Flynn
K Kai Forbath
RB Tim Hightower
TE Josh Hill (restricted)
OT Tony Hills
TE Michael Hoomanawanui
RB Kendall Hunter
G Senio Kelemete (restricted)
G Tim Lelito (restricted)
QB Luke McCown
G Mike McGlynn
CB Chris Owens
RB Khiry Robinson (restricted)
SS Jamarca Sanford
TE Benjamin Watson
DT Kevin Williams
CB Kyle Wilson

New York Giants

LS Danny Aiken
CB Prince Amukamara
DE Robert Ayers
ILB Jasper Brinkley
K Josh Brown
DT Barry Cofield
SS Craig Dahl
LS Zak DeOssie
TE Larry Donnell (restricted)
TE Daniel Fells
CB Jayron Hosley
DE Cullen Jenkins
DT Markus Kuhn
CB Trumaine McBride
SS Brandon Meriweather
G Brandon Mosley
WR Hakeem Nicks
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
WR Rueben Randle
G Dallas Reynolds
DE George Selvie

New York Jets

FS Antonio Allen
DE Stephen Bowen
K Randy Bullock
G Willie Colon
ILB Demario Davis
TE Kellen Davis
DT Leger Douzable
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
DT Damon Harrison
ILB Erin Henderson
G Benjamin Ijalana
RB Chris Ivory
FS Jaiquawn Jarrett
ILB Jamari Lattimore
WR Chris Owusu
OLB Calvin Pace
K Ryan Quigley (restricted)
RB Bilal Powell
RB Stevan Ridley
TE Zachary Sudfeld (restricted)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (restricted)
CB Darrin Walls
DE Muhammad Wilkerson

Oakland Raiders

OLB Lorenzo Alexander
SS Larry Asante
G Khalif Barnes
G Tony Bergstrom
LS Thomas Gafford
WR Andre Holmes
P Marquette King
DE Benson Mayowa (restricted)
SS Taylor Mays
OT Matt McCants (restricted)
QB Matt McGloin (restricted)
OT Donald Penn
WR Jeremy Ross (restricted)
WR Rod Streater
FS Neiko Thorpe (restricted)
DE Justin Tuck (announced retirement)
G J’Marcus Webb
FS Charles Woodson (announced retirement)

Philadelphia Eagles

WR Seyi Ajirotutu
CB E.J. Biggers
QB Sam Bradford (re-signed 3/1)
CB Nolan Carroll
DE Vinny Curry (re-signed 2/2)
ILB Najee Goode (re-signed 2/10)
QB Thaddeus Lewis
C Davis Molk (restricted)
DE Cedric Thornton
SS Walter Thurmond
OT Matt Tobin (restricted)

Pittsburgh Steelers

SS Will Allen
OT Kelvin Beachum
CB Antwon Blake
CB Brandon Boykin
G Ramon Foster
WR Terence Garvin (restricted)
CB William Gay
DE Clifton Geathers
FS Robert Golden
QB Bruce Gradkowski
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
FB Will Johnson
G Doug Legursky
DT Steve McLendon
WR David Nelson
OLB Sean Spence
OT Byron Stingily
DE Cam Thomas
RB Jordan Todman
QB Michael Vick
LS Greg Warren

San Diego Chargers

SS Jahleel Addae (restricted)
OT Joe Barksdale
QB Kellen Clemens
WR Malcom Floyd (announced retirement)
TE Antonio Gates
TE Ladarius Green
OT Chris Hairston
TE David Johnson
OT Jeff Linkenbach
DE Ricardo Mathews
ILB Joe Mays
TE John Phillips
DE Kendall Reyes
CB Patrick Robinson
CB Brandian Ross (restricted)
DE Damion Square (restricted)
G Johnnie Troutman (restricted)
CB Cassius Vaughn
C J.D. Walton
FS Eric Weddle

San Francisco 49ers

OLB Ray-Ray Armstrong (restricted)
WR Anquan Boldin
G Alex Boone
RB Reggie Bush
TE Garrett Celek
K Phil Dawson
RB Shaun Draughn
DT Tony Jerod-Eddie (restricted)
ILB Michael Wilhoite (restricted)
DT Ian Williams

Seattle Seahawks

OT Alvin Bailey (restricted)
RB Bryce Brown
TE Chase Coffman
FB Derrick Coleman (restricted)
DE Demarcus Dobbs
OLB Bruce Irvin
RB Fred Jackson
QB Tarvaris Jackson
C Lemuel Jeanpierre
WR Jermaine Kearse
CB Jeremy Lane
C Patrick Lewis (restricted)
WR Ricardo Lockette (restricted)
TE Anthony McCoy
DT Brandon Mebane
RB Christine Michael (restricted)
OLB Nick Moody (restricted)
OLB Mike Morgan
OT Russell Okung
DT Ahtyba Rubin
P Jon Ryan
G J.R. Sweezy
FB Will Tukuafu

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DE Da’Quan Bowers
FS Chris Conte
OLB Larry English
CB Mike Jenkins
FB Jovorskie Lane (restricted)
OLB Danny Lansanah (restricted)
RB Doug Martin
DT Tony McDaniel
FS Bradley McDougald (restricted)
DT Henry Melton
CB Sterling Moore
RB Bobby Rainey
WR Russell Shepard (restricted)
CB Jordan Tandy

Tennessee Titans

G Byron Bell
ILB Zach Brown
WR Dorin Dickerson
CB Brandon Harris
DT Sammie Lee Hill
OLB Steven Johnson
G Joe Looney
DT Mike Martin
OT Jamon Meredith
CB Coty Sensabaugh
TE Craig Stevens
DT Al Woods

Washington Redskins

CB Will Blackmon
OT Tom Compton (restricted)
QB Kirk Cousins
C Brian De La Puente
ILB Mason Foster
OLB Junior Galette
DE Kedric Golston
SS Duke Ihenacho
DT Frank Kearse
DT Terrance Knighton
G Josh LeRibeus
QB Colt McCoy
RB Alfred Morris
TE Logan Paulson
ILB Keenan Robinson
TE Alex Smith
RB Pierre Thomas
CB Cary Williams
FB Darryl Young

Tamba Hali, Terrelle Pryor inactive for Chiefs-Browns matchup

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The Chiefs will be without both of their starting outside linebackers against the Browns on Sunday.

Tamba Hali will not play after having screws inserted into his broken thumb earlier this week. The Chiefs held out hope that Hali would play throughout the week and listed him as questionable, but he landed on the inactive list on Sunday all the same. Justin Houston was ruled out on Friday with a knee injury.

Dee Ford and Frank Zombo will step into their spots as the Chiefs try to continue their push for a playoff spot against a Browns team playing out the string.

Although they are out of playoff contention, the Browns won’t be using Sunday’s game to get another look at wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. He’s inactive for the contest after playing the last two weeks and rushing once for a loss of a yard.

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who spent the first eight years of his career with the Chiefs, is active and will be back on the Arrowhead Stadium field for the first time since leaving for Cleveland as a free agent.

Report: Joe Mays out at least six weeks

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It looks like the Chiefs are going to have to play the first month or so of the regular season without linebacker Joe Mays.

Mays, who was projected to start alongside Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker, had wrist surgery recently and Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that he will miss at least six weeks while recovering from the operation. If that timeline holds, Mays would miss the first four games of the season and might not return until after the Chiefs bye in Week Six.

The Chiefs have a few options to use in Mays’s place. Nico Johnson started the team’s last preseason game and James Michael-Johnson and Frank Zombo also saw time in Mays’s spot during the contest. Josh Mauga is expected back from injury to make his case during Thursday night’s preseason finale and then the team will sort out the pecking order for the season opener against the Titans.

With wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tackle Donald Stephenson set to serve suspensions while Mays is out in the early part of the season, it will take some time before the Chiefs get whole this season.

Chiefs sign Raiders DT Vance Walker

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The Chiefs, who suffered some personnel losses early in free agency, have added a defensive lineman from a division rival.

The club said Friday night it had reached a deal with Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker. Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the contract is for three years and worth up to $13 million, with $3.75 million in guarantees.

Walker (6-2, 305) played and started 15 games for the Raiders in 2013, recording 40 tackles and three sacks. He would seem a good fit at defensive end in the Chiefs’ 3-4 front, though it’s possible he could spell Dontari Poe at nose tackle on occasion.

A sixth-year pro from Georgia Tech, the 26-year-old Walker was a seventh-round pick of the Falcons in 2009 and played four seasons for Atlanta. He signed a one-year contract with the Raiders last offseason. Now, after a solid stint as a starter for Oakland, he’s reportedly getting a multi-year deal with Kansas City.

The Chiefs also announced the re-signing of reserve outside linebacker Frank Zombo. News of Zombo’s return came earlier in the week.

Chiefs see major defections on first day of free agency

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Before Tuesday, a gap existed between the Broncos and Chiefs.  On Tuesday, that gap widened.

The Broncos added safety T.J. Ward and, in one of the biggest surprises of the day, cornerback Aqib Talib.  While the Broncos saw guard Zane Beadles leave for Jacksonville and likely will lose linebacker Wesley Woodyard (who lost his starting job in the middle last season), those aren’t major departures.  Likewise, the Broncos realize receiver Eric Decker won’t be back; with Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas in their contract years, it makes no sense to pay all three.

In Kansas City, that sign in the photo may have been taken a bit too literally.

Five players ran for the exits in the first 90 minutes of free agency.  Gone are three offensive linemen:  left tackle Branden Albert, guard Geoff Schwartz, and guard Jon Asamoah.  Receiver/punt returner Dexter McCluster took off for Tennessee.  On defense, end Tyson Jackson went to Atlanta, likely lured in part by Falcons assistant G.M. Scott Pioli, who made Jackson the third overall pick in the 2009 draft.

The Chiefs have kept in recent days linebacker Frank Zombo and safety Husain Abdullah.

While the loss of Asamoah and Schwartz essentially amount to losing one full-time player, since they essentially shared the right guard job last year, the Chiefs now must find a way to replace both players and, more importantly, their long-time left tackle.  Tackle Eric Fisher became the first overall pick in the 2013 draft under the apparent assumption that he’d succeed Albert.  Based on Fisher’s struggles last year and the performance of Donald Stephenson in place of Albert, Fisher may stay on the right side.

With the Raiders making a big push to improve their overmatched roster and the Chargers doing what they can with the cap space they have, the Chiefs may have to worry less about catching Denver in 2014 — and more about being caught by San Diego and Oakland.

Chiefs are bringing back linebacker Frank Zombo

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With the clock ticking toward the free agency period, teams are scrambling to hang onto their own role players.

The Chiefs have done just that, agreeing to a new deal with linebacker Frank Zombo, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports.

Zombo played in all 16 games for the Chiefs last year, with 2.0 sacks. But he’s the kind of fill-in that good teams need.

General Manager John Dorsey brought him over after three years in Green Bay, and he was a solid part for the Chiefs.

Plus, he’s Frank Zombo, and unless you can get Barkevious Mingo, it’s the kind of name you want on your roster.

AFC West potential free agents

[Editor’s note:  This list of potential free agents is based on a variety of online resources, including the NFLPA’s official list of impending free agents.  Free agency begins on March 11.  The players listed below could re-sign at any time with their current teams.  If any listed below already have and we’ve failed to update the list accordingly, let us know.]

Denver Broncos:  S Mike Adams, DE Robert Ayers, G Zane Beadles, LB Stewart Bradley, WR Andre Caldwell, CB Tony Carter (restricted), WR Eric Decker, CB Chris Harris (restricted), KR Trindon Holliday (restricted), S Michael Huff, S Duke Ihenacho (exclusive rights), S Quentin Jammer, OT Winston Justice, C Dan Koppen, LB Paris Lenon, LB Brandon Marshall (exclusive rights), DE Jeremy Mincey, RB Knowshon Moreno, LB Shaun Phillips, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DT Mitch Unrein (restricted), C Steve Vallos, LB Wesley Woodyard.

Kansas City Chiefs:  S Hussain Abdullah, LT Branden Albert, G Jon Asamoah, S Quintin Demps, OL Thomas Gafford (re-signed), TE Richard Gordon (restricted; re-signed), G Ricky Henry (exclusive rights; re-signed), DE Tyson Jackson, LB Robert James, LB Akeem Jordan, S Kendrick Lewis, WR Dexter McCluster, DT Jerrell Powe (exclusive rights), OT Geoff Schwartz, WR Kyle Williams, LB Frank Zombo (re-signed).

Oakland Raiders:  CB Phillip Adams, OT Khalif Barnes (re-signed), LB Kaelin Burnett (exclusive rights), CB Chimdi Chekwa (exclusive rights), WR Jacoby Ford, C Andre Gurode, DE Lamarr Houston, DE Jason Hunter, CB Mike Jenkins, RB Rashad Jennings, G Lamar Mady (exclusive rights; re-signed), TE Jeron Mastrud, C Matt McCants (exclusive rights), RB Darren McFadden, DT Daniel Muir, FB Jamize Olawale (exclusive rights), OT Tony Pashos, CB Tracy Porter, S Brandian Ross (exclusive rights), DT Pat Sims, RB Jeremy Stewart (exclusive rights), OT Jared Veldheer, DT Vance Walker, DB Charles Woodson, S Usama Young.

San Diego Chargers:  WR Seyi Ajirotutu, WR Danario Alexander, LB Bront Bird (exclusive rights; not tendered), RB Ronnie Brown, LB Donald Butler (re-signed), WR Lavelle Hawkins, CB Richard Marshall, G Rich Ohrnberger, G Chad Rinehart (re-signed), G Steve Schilling (exclusive rights; not tendered), S Darrell Stuckey, DT Cam Thomas, LB Reggie Walker, QB Charlie Whitehurst.

Tamba Hali misses practice Thursday

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One of the Chiefs’ Pro Bowl outside linebackers missed his second consecutive practice as Kansas City prepared for Saturday’s wild-card game at Indianapolis.

Tamba Hali (knee) was one of two Chiefs player to sit out on Thursday, with rookie right tackle Eric Fisher (groin, shoulder) also not practicing.

Hali, 30, notched 11 sacks for the Chiefs in the regular season. He was voted to the Pro Bowl on Friday for the third time in his career.

“It’s really just a matter of the swelling coming down in the knee,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Hali on Thursday, according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “It’s been up. We want to get it out of there. We’ve been a little cautious with him today.”

Rookie Josh Martin started in Hali’s right outside linebacker spot in the season finale at San Diego. Frank Zombo and Dezman Moses are other options at outside linebacker.

If Fisher can’t go, the Chiefs could turn to Donald Stephenson, who’s made three starts in place of the 2013 No. 1 overall pick this season.

Every other player on the Chiefs’ injury report practiced without limitation on Thursday, with left tackle Branden Albert (knee), wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (concussion) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) among the full participants.

Houston has missed the last five games with his injury, but he has practiced in full this week. Like Hali, he has been voted to the Pro Bowl.

Friday morning one-liners

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Trips to Toronto haven’t gone well for the Bills in the past.

A group of Dolphins fans hope to make their presence felt at MetLife Stadium this weekend.

Patriots LB Brandon Spikes hasn’t let injuries keep him from making an impact on the field.

The Jets need to see some improvement from CB Dee Milliner and WR Stephen Hill.

T Michael Oher had a rough time in Thursday’s Ravens win.

The Bengals will travel to San Diego on Friday instead of Saturday.

Browns G Jason Pinkston is thankful for his health.

Said Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger of why it took the offense so long to get going, “I don’t know. Maybe with the no-huddle, going up-tempo, working with coach Haley during timeouts … I thought we did well tonight, but we were a little too late.”

Texans TE Owen Daniels doesn’t know if he’ll be able to play in Week 14.

The Colts are counting on a rebound from QB Andrew Luck this week.

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts is excited about returning to his hometown of Cleveland.

A vote of support for Titans QB Jake Locker.

Losing weight hasn’t cost Broncos DT Derek Wolfe in terms of playing time.

Frank Zombo is preparing to replace Justin Houston at linebacker for the Chiefs.

Playing his former team brought out the best in Raiders WR Andre Holmes.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers called the Bengals defense “a heck of a group.”

Said Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar of his big day, “I was waiting for this day. I’ve had to be patient. But I’ve always believed it would happen.”

Giants G/C Kevin Boothe has adapted well to the constantly shifting nature of this year’s offensive line.

A heavy workload has agreed with Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.

Redskins RB Alfred Morris is on pace to become the seventh player with more than 3,000 rushing yards over his first two seasons.

The Bears could dial “999” against the Vikings this weekend.

CB Darius Slay played well for the Lions on Thanksgiving.

Slay played well, but the same cannot be said of Packers T David Bakhtiari.

The Vikings want to exploit the leaky Bears run defense.

Falcons RB Steven Jackson plans to run with passion against the Bills.

With 51 yards, Panthers WR Steve Smith will move into 20th on the NFL’s all-time list.

Saints G Tim Lelito has been playing with a heavy heart in recent weeks.

QB Mike Glennon’s five multi-touchdown games are a Buccaneers rookie record.

The Cardinals feel good about the camaraderie that exists in their locker room.

Rams QB Kellen Clemens is finding it hard to to find a weakness in the 49ers defense.

What should 49ers fans be thankful for these days?

Weather could be on the Seahawks’ side on Monday night.

Chiefs add another linebacker

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The Chiefs have signed free agent linebackers Zac Diles and Akeem Jordan in recent weeks, but they aren’t done adding bodies at the position.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the team has signed linebacker Orie Lemon after a strong performance in a tryout during the team’s minicamp. Lemon made the jump from the Cowboys’ practice squad to the active roster last year and saw action as an inside linebacker after Sean Lee was lost for the season.

There’s an opening on the Chiefs defense for a linebacker to play next to Derrick Johnson inside, so Lemon will presumably find himself in that mix along with Diles and Jordan. Lemon only has five games of NFL experience under his belt, so he probably isn’t the likeliest winner of that competition but it isn’t like Diles and Jordan are unscalable mountains standing between him and the job.

The Chiefs also signed Frank Zombo at linebacker, part of a large class of new arrivals that have made their way to Kansas City since the start of free agency. The draft will bring more new faces as the Chiefs try to start off a new regime with more wins than they managed in 2012.

Frank Zombo heads to Kansas City

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Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey has reached out to a familiar face to help bolster the linebacking corps in Kansas City.

Dorsey was previously a member of the front office in Green Bay, where he got to know linebacker Frank Zombo. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Zombo will be following Dorsey to Kansas City as a free agent.

Zombo was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Packers chose not to tender him a contract. Zombo missed the first eight games of the 2012 season on the PUP list after a hamstring injury and wound up with eight tackles in seven games as a reserve. He’ll likely be vying to play a similar backup role in K.C. next season since neither Tamba Hali nor Justin Houston will be giving up their spots in the starting lineup.

Zombo joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and had five sacks across his first two seasons with Green Bay.

Packers may move on from Zombo

The Packers opted not to issue tenders to a trio of their restricted free agents:  linebacker Robert Francois, tight end Tom Crabtree, and linebacker Frank Zombo.

Francois will be back, Crabtree won’t.  As to Zombo, the Packers don’t seem to care.

According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers “haven’t shown much interest” in re-signing Zombo.

It’s a calculated risk for the Packers, who lost Erik Walden to the Colts.  Likewise, Nick Perry missed most of his rookie season due to injury.

Injuries have been a problem for Zombo over the past two seasons.  He arrived as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

NFC North potential free agents

Packers:  RB Cedric Benson; RB Ryan Grant; WR Greg Jennings; TE Tom Crabtree (RFA); OG Evan Dietrich-Smith (RFA); LB Brad Jones; LB Erik Walden; LB Frank Zombo (RFA); LB Rob Francois (RFA); DB Sam Shields (RFA).

Bears: QB Josh McCown; QB Jason Campbell; RB Kahlil Bell; RB Armando Allen (exclusive rights); OT Jonathan Scott; OG Lance Louis; OG Chilo Rachal; C Chris Spencer; DL Israel Idonije; DL Henry Melton; DL Amobi Okoye; DL Nate Collins (RFA); LB Brian Urlacher; LB Geno Hayes; LB Nick Roach; DB Zackary Bowman; DB Kelvin Hayden; DB D.J. Moore; DB Troy Nolan; PK Olindo Mare.

Lions:  RB Kevin Smith; RB Joique Bell (exclusive rights); RB Jerome Harrison; RB Stefan Logan; WR Kris Durham (exclusive rights); WR Kassim Osgood; TE Will Heller; OT Jason Fox (RFA); OT Gosder Cherilus; OT Corey Hilliard; C Dylan Gandy; C Don Muhlbach; DL Cliff Avril; DL Andre Fluellen; DL Sammie Lee Hill; DL Lawrence Jackson; DL Corey Williams; DL Willie Young (RFA); LB Justin Durant; LB DeAndre Levy; DB Drayton Florence; DB Louis Delmas; DB Chris Houston; DB Jacob Lacey; DB Pat Lee; DB Ricardo Silva (exclusive rights); DB Amari Spievey (RFA); PK Jason Hanson; P Nick Harris.

Vikings: RB Jerome Felton; WR Jerome Simpson; WR Devin Aromashodu; OT Phil Loadholt; OT Troy Kropog (RFA); OT Geoff Schwartz; C Joe Berger; LB Jasper Brinkley; LB Erin Henderson; LB Marvin Mitchell; DB A.J. Jefferson; DB Jamarca Sanford; DB Andrew Sendejo (exclusive rights); DB Marcus Sherels (exclusive rights).

Source:  Rotoworld.com.