Top 5 Headlines 4/21: Mike DeVito, Derrick Johnson Share What They Learned in 2014

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1. Chiefs' Mike DeVito, Derrick Johnson find out how much they miss football after being hurt

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"For veterans like defensive end Mike DeVito, the start of offseason workouts is typically an exciting time.

Football players can return to their element, reconnect with teammates and begin their first steps toward achieving their goals for the upcoming season.

However, it says a lot about the kind of year DeVito had in 2014, almost all of which he missed due to an Achilles' injury, when he couldn't help but feel a tad nervous entering the beginning of this year's offseason program on Monday.

"Today, I had butterflies like I was getting ready to play a game," DeVito said with a laugh."    READ MORE…

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2. NFL to unveil 2015 game schedule on Tuesday night

By Kevin Seifert - ESPN

"The NFL will announce its 2015 game schedule Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, the league confirmed Monday.

Opponents for all 32 teams have been known since the end of the 2014 regular season, but placing the games in order requires nearly four months of computer simulations before the league gets a finished product that works."    READ MORE…

3. Alex Smith medically cleared for start of offseason practice

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The Kansas City Chiefs don't begin full-squad practice for another few weeks, but they won't have to worry about the availability of quarterback Alex Smith when they do.

Smith, who missed the final game of the 2014 season after having lacerated his spleen the previous week, has been cleared to play.

"A few weeks after our season, that was kind of the timeline they had given me that I would be fine," Smith said Monday as the Chiefs began their organized offseason conditioning workouts. "At that point, really the only things I couldn't do was heavy contact, sports."    READ MORE…

4. Five Chiefs absent on first day of offseason workouts

By Dan Rose - Kansas City Examiner

"Monday was the unofficial start of the Kansas City Chiefs 2015 season as Phase One of the offseason workout program began at the team facilities at Arrowhead Stadium. Despite the fact that this stage is non-mandatory for players to participate, Chiefs coach Andy Reid must have been happy with the turnout as only five players were absent. And of those five, four had pretty good reasons for not being there.

Safety Daniel Sorensen and offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were absent because both of academics. Sorensen is graduating from Brigham Young University, while Duvernay-Tardif is finishing up his residency in his efforts to become a doctor.

Safety Eric Berry is still in Georgia finishing his treatments for Hodgkin Lymphoma. Reid happily supplied some news on that front – or as much as he can without violating Berry's rights under HIPPA laws."    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs respect Royals having each other's backs in beanball wars

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports Kansas City

"An old-fashioned beanball war can be hell on an outfielder's foot, but it makes for damn compelling television. And even Chiefs coach Andy Reid found he couldn't turn away from the drama (and occasional violence) that spiced up the Kansas City Royals' series with the Oakland Athletics this past weekend.

"I gotta tell you," Reid said at a news conference Monday afternoon that kicked off the first phase of the team's spring workout schedule. "I kind of like it."

Long story short: A's third baseman Brett Lawrie shot past Madison Bumgarner, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck on the Kansas City sports fan "No. 1 Enemy" chart with a takeout slide that injured Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar during Friday night's series opener at Kauffman Stadium."    READ MORE…

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