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ST. JOSEPH , Mo. (AP) — e Kansas City Chiefs this offseason centered on Tyreek Hill, and whether their speedy, record-setting wide receiver would be around at all this season.Turns out he’ll be around for the start of camp.Chiefs coach Andy Reid confirmed Tuesday that Hill would report to Scanlon Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University with the rest of the veterans on Friday, one week after the NFL said it would not punish him following an investigation into domestic violence involving his 3-year-old son.Hill has been away from the team since the draft in April, when audio first surfaced in which his then-fiancee, Crystal Espinal, accused him of hurting their son. But an investigation by the Johnson County, Kansas, district attorney resulted in no criminal charges being filed, and a subsequent inquiry by the NFL that included an 8-hour meeting with Hill in Kansas City likewise turned up nothing.So when the NFL declined to punish Hill, the Chiefs likewise lifted their own suspension.“We look forward to bringing him back here and have an opportunity to get back doing what he loves to do,” Reid said. “He has some obligations that he’ll take care of as he goes. I’m not going to get into all that. But we have trust in Tyreek that we’re going to go forward in a positive way here.”The Chiefs were negotiating a long-term contract with Hill when the controversy erupted, and it remains to be seen whether that outlook has changed. Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the Chiefs effectively control him for two more years through the franchise tag.His price before the off-the-field situation had never been higher, either. Hill was coming off a season in which he shattered the Chiefs’ record with 1,479 yards receiving, and his 12 touchdown receptions and dangerous ability in the run and return games were a big reason why the Chiefs won the AFC West.“I’ve had a chance to talk to him on the phone, in person — spent quite a bit of time with him actually,” Reid said. “He’s remorseful that he’s had to put all of us through what we went through. I feel bad for him. That’s a sensitive situation and you know Womens Harrison Butker Jersey , he wants to get back and he wants to do what he needs to do to be a father and a player here, so he’s very conscious of that.”Hill may have missed the Chiefs’ voluntary summer practices and their mandatory three-day minicamp, but he’s still been running routes and catching passes from Patrick Mahomes in impromptu workouts.“You always stay in touch with teammates and guys you built relationships with,” Mahomes said. “We stayed in touch as much as possible as well as letting that stuff handle itself. It’s good to welcome him back and be part of the team and build what we want to build.”His return also takes some pressure off rookie Mecole Hardman, who was chosen in the second round of the draft with the expectation that Hill could miss some — or even all — of the upcoming season.Just like Hill, the former Georgia standout is a speedster who can contribute in a variety of ways.“I’m glad Tyreek is back. I’m happy he’s here,” Hardman said. “I’m ready to learn from him, watch him practice, and just learn everything he can teach me. I’m ready to learn.”Now that Hill is back in the fold, the big question is when Chris Jones will arrive.The star defensive tackle, who is coming off a 15½-sack season, is seeking his own long-term deal as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. Jones played hardball during the offseason by skipping the voluntary and mandatory workouts, even at the risk of a club fine, but he remains under contract and must report to training camp by Aug. 6 to earn an accrued season toward free agency.“Our people have talked to Chris’ people, there’s been communication, so we’ll just see whether he’s here or not here,” Reid said. “We obviously want him here and I think he probably wants to be here, too, but we’ll see how all of that works out.”The Chiefs overhauled their defense this offseason Daniel Sorensen Jersey , replacing fired coordinator Bob Sutton with Steve Spagnuolo and shifting from a 3-4 base to a 4-3 system. And given how much time Jones has missed, that means a steep learning curve whenever he reports to camp.“You miss days, you miss days,” Reid said, “but it’s probably beneficial that he’s here.”NOTES: TE Travis Kelce will be ready to practice this week. He was held out of OTAs and minicamp because of ankle surgery. … LB Darius Harris (shoulder) and DE Tim Ward (ACL surgery), both undrafted free agents, will not be ready for the start of camp. … Rookies, quarterbacks and injured players will practice this week with the veterans joining them Friday. The first full-squad workout is Saturday. CINCINNATI (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball 46 times and got hit only once. When the Bengals‘ defense went with an all-out blitz in the closing seconds to try to get a hand on him, Big Ben threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown to win the game.The Bengals’ defense had one of its worst performances against its biggest nemesis, a big reason why Pittsburgh was able to pull out a 28-21 win . Up next is an even better offense, this time in a daunting place on the road.Oh, and they’ll play the Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) on a Sunday night, a prime time slot in which they have rated horribly for years. The Bengals have dropped their past eight games on Sunday night, when they’re 3-15 overall.“Any time you want to be one of the great ones on the defense or you want your defense to have a statement-type game, you have to do it against the best offenses in the league,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “And right now, they’re putting up those points like they’re one of the best offenses in the league. So you’ve got to go out there and put it on ’em.”The Bengals (4-2) barely even got close to Roethlisberger in their most disappointing showing of the season. They allowed him to complete 32 passes for 369 yards without being sacked. James Conner ran for 111 yards. The Steelers piled up 481 yards overall.Compounding the bad day: Several players got hurt, forcing the Bengals to rely on backups on the final series. Brown was able to get off the line unchallenged to make the decisive catch on a quick slant and then run untouched to the end zone.Their defense is depleted by injuries heading to Kansas City (5-1), which also is coming off a last-minute loss , 43-40 at New England . Linebacker Nick Vigil is out indefinitely with a knee injury, safety Shawn Williams is in concussion protocol, and cornerback Darqueze Dennard is sidelined with a shoulder injury.Four other defensive players were limited in practice Wednesday because of injuries, although they’re likely to play on Sunday.“It makes it harder, yeah, but we’ve got 1a and 1b,” Dunlap said.The game matches two of the NFL’s worst defenses. The Bengals rank 29th overall in yards allowed, and the Chiefs are last .On offense, Kansas City ranks fifth behind Patrick Mahomes, who leads the NFL with 18 touchdown passes and is fifth with a 112.2 passer rating. His 23 completions of at least 25 yards are the most in the league as well.The Bengals know they can’t have another game with little pass rush from the line.“We’re going to keep trying to dial it up,” defensive end Jordan Willis said. “That probably could be the main reason why we didn’t win the game — not keeping the quarterback in the pocket. Skip to this week. Mahomes, when gets out of the pocket, that’s when he’s most dangerous. So if we don’t keep him in the pocket, it could be a similar situation.”DALTON SORE: Andy Dalton was listed with a sore back on the injury report, but he practiced fully. Receiver John Ross also had a full practice after missing Sunday’s game with a sore groin.PRICE OUT OF BOOT: Rookie center Billy Price has been cleared to begin rehabilitation on his right foot, which has a partially torn ligament. He had to wear a protective boot for four weeks while it healed. There’s no timetable for when he could return.STILL NO GIO: Running back Giovani Bernard is still being held out of practice because of knee and toe injuries. He’s been sidelined the past two games.

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