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ST. Adidas Superstar España Baratas . JOSEPH, Mo. -- One of the NFLs top linebackers may not make it back this season, his pass-rushing partner and a dynamic running back have also been on the shelf, and a Pro Bowl safety has yet to arrive for training camp after contract negotiations fell through.Yet the Kansas City Chiefs are exuding optimism about the upcoming season.Makes total sense, right?Were in a situation where we have high expectations for the team, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said after taking in a recent practice. Were trying to build off what we accomplished last year.Hes referring to the stunning 11-game win streak that carried the Chiefs not only right into the playoffs but to their first postseason victory in more than two decades.Ive jokingly said that I expect us to get off to a better start, said Hunt, referring to a 1-5 run out of the gates, and I think that goes without saying. We do think we have a team that can compete for a championship and thats what the guys are about.It would help if Justin Houston could return from his February surgery to repair an ACL injury. And if Tamba Hali and Jamaal Charles can be productive. And if Eric Berry ever shows up.Regardless, the Chiefs believe they were close to piecing everything together last season, and they return the majority of the roster intact. So when they signed Mitch Schwartz to solidify the offensive line, made a couple of wise draft picks and signed Nick Foles this past week to provide a capable backup to quarterback Alex Smith, most of their pressing needs had been addressed.Hence the optimism that Kansas City can win its first AFC West title since 2010.Obviously a lot of that is based on the performance that we saw last year, Hunt said. The job that (general manager) John Dorsey and his staff have continued to do in terms of bringing in young players and some veteran players who can fill in and make us stronger, I think this is the most complete team weve had since Andy (Reid) and John have been here.Perhaps the most encouraging part of the first full week of training camp was the offense, which has often been the Chiefs Achilles heel. The defense has still been winning most of the workouts where starters go against each other, but there are signs that Smith and Co. can score this season.Rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill has made numerous dazzling catches, perhaps a sign that the speedy return man is more than just a special teams ace. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Travis Kelce give Kansas City two dependable pass catchers. Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware have resumed with their one-two punch that proved so effective at running back when Charles went down last season.Even a veteran like Smith seems to be having a good start to training camp.Hes doing really well, co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said. For him to be able to make some of the throws he made, hes been doing that for years now, and hes really playing fast.Its all lip service until the first preseason game, if not the first regular season game. But that dress rehearsal is quickly approaching -- the Chiefs play the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.It remains to be seen whether Hali, Charles or Berry will be on the field by then. In the case of the first two, Reid said, Were literally taking it day by day and seeing how theyre doing.Thats where were at on those two, Reid said.As for Berry, he cannot be fined for failing to report until he signs his franchise tag, and that can happen at any point before the regular season. But to think he will forego doing it is silly since he would be squandering the roughly $10.8 million he will make this season on the one-year deal.We were disappointed to not be able to reach a long-term contract with Eric. Hes somebody we think very highly of, Hunt said. We certainly look forward to having him be a part of the team in 2016. And as soon as we have an opportunity next year, well sit down with his representatives and see if we can work out a scenario where he can finish his career here. Adidas Superstar Baratas Rebajas . Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Wednesday that the team would assign Swedish forward Elias Lindholm to his nations team for the upcoming tournament. Adidas Superstar Baratas Online . The head of USA Boxing came out swinging Tuesday with an open letter to Tyson -- a former Olympic hopeful himself -- that accuses the former heavyweight champion of trying to poach fighters who might be candidates for the U. http://www.baratasadidassuperstar.es/ . From filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On the Ropes), The Price of Gold revisits the saga that rocked the figure skating world ahead of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games: the assault on Nancy Kerrigan, and the plot that led its way back to her rival Tonya Harding. ESPNs Buster Olney is on vacation this week, but hes still compiling roundups. View Mondays roundup here.I felt the pop in my elbow and knew exactly what had happened.It was April 1, two nights before our first game of the regular season, and after sliding headfirst into home, I pushed off the ground to get to my feet, and I felt the pop.There was a split-second when a hope zoomed through my mind that maybe the same injury hadnt happened, but when I grabbed my right elbow and felt for the bone, I could feel the indent from a fracture. I had a flashback to the first time this had happened to me.Earlier in spring training, we had found out that the screw placed in my elbow during a surgery in 2010 had split in half, and I had missed a lot of spring training games. There wasnt anything we could do about that without an operation, but as the start of the season got closer, I felt ready to go -- until I started to get up after that slide.When I got to the clubhouse, Gary Waslewski, our team doctor, quickly examined my elbow and gave me a rough look. He knew what had happened too. Most of the guys still playing the game came back from the dugout and gave me a hug. Chip Hale, our manager, spent a good inning or two with me. Its all right, he said. Its going to be fine. There were a couple emotional hours, and Ill never forget the support I got that night, with the players and the coaches letting me know that they were there for me.That night, the X-ray machine at Chase Field happened to be broken, so we went to a hospital for an examination. I was assigned to a room and waited. It just so happened that Kate, my wife, had picked her dad up from the airport within the hour that I got hurt, so she rushed over. Judy Hale, Chips wife, was also a big help.They rolled a portable X-ray machine into my room, but I knew what the images would show. I didnt even bother to look -- not because I was disgusted by it but because it would only confirm what I already assumed. Kate played lacrosse at Notre Dame and knew what it would take to rehabilitate an injury like that, and she was pretty upset, and it became more of a case of me comforting her. (Or maybe she was upset because she knew she would have to deal with me at home the rest of the season.)I had a hard time getting to sleep that night. When you get hurt, you have a lot of stuff racing through your mind.I knew exactly who would do the surgery: Dr. Don Sheridan, who is one of the best in the world at what he does. I had surgery on my hand before, and he did that. We had become friends, and as we got ready for the elbow surgery, he gave me some confidence. He definitely gave me peace of mind by saying, Were going to fix this once and for all.It was a delicate and complicated surgery. He hoped to get the old screw out of the bone -- without making a huge mess of my elbow -- then take some bone from my hip for a graft to help new growth at the point of the fracture. But he had total conviction.I woke up after the surgery, and Dr. Sheridan came in, looking completely exhausted, like someone who had run a marathon. But he had prepared for hours for this, and he was fired up. He showed mme, with a bunch of pictures from the surgery, how well it went. Adidas Superstar Rebajas. Everything is exactly where its supposed to be, he told me. For the first time in years, my elbow was in exactly the right alignment.Then Dr. Sheridan reached out with something in his hand and dropped it into my hand: the old screw. I saw the pictures of the hole where the screw was, and I have no idea how he got it out of there. It was pretty amazing. There were lots of hugs in that room.I began working with our great athletic trainers, including Ken Crenshaw, who is unbelievable because of the attitude he brings every day, the unselfishness. Id thank him for some progress we made, and hed say, Its all you. Clearly, thats not true. There were a lot of other people who have helped along the way, including trainer Ryan DiPanfilo, strength and conditioning coordinator Nate Shaw, physical therapist Ben Hagar and medical coordinator Kyle Torgerson. Its a complete team effort, and when you walk into the room and need something, theyll drop whatever theyre doing and immediately say, Lets do it. Theyre completely invested in making you better. Kate has been the No. 1 rock star, getting me ready for each day, making the meals and working on my nutrition, which mightve been the most important part of the healing.Six weeks into the rehabilitation process, I had a scan to determine how the bone was healing, and we didnt expect much. Having gone through this once before, I was thinking we might not have much healing at all. But you could see in the images that it already had gotten a lot better. There were only a couple spots that still showed the fracture line. Ten weeks in, we had another scan, and it was exponentially improved. By week 12, you couldnt see any lines from the fracture; it was rock solid. The whole thing was normal. It was incredible.I sent a text to thank everybody: our athletic trainers, Dr. Waslewski and Dr. Sheridan, and Dr. Sheridan responded with a line from the movie Apollo 13: This is going to be our finest hour. We had gone from that terrible moment at Chase Field on the eve of the season to a fully healed elbow in just a few months.I remember the first time I threw with Ken Crenshaw, something you have to do incrementally, starting with a tennis ball thrown just a couple of feet. That went well, so we moved up to a 4-ounce ball. Then a normal baseball. Everything felt great; everything was so smooth. When I took batting practice in recent years, I had to ease into it with the first swings of the day. Now Im able to take a full hack on the first swing.On Aug. 4, I got to begin my rehabilitation assignment. I got a single in four at-bats, and moving along to Class A, I homered in my first game with the Visalia Rawhide. On my drive away from the park after the game, I was thinking about how awesome it felt to be out on a baseball field. It felt amazing and powerful to be able to do that again. I didnt care where it was, in Class A or the big leagues. I was back on a field, healthy again, whole again. ' ' '

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