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Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe will report to training camp Friday, but he is not expected to participate fully as he continues to recover from a back injury, according to the Kansas City Star. Poe underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk July 15 and has since been prescribed two epidurals in addition to rest. The 24-year-old first experienced pain during OTAs earlier this offseason and exacerbated the issue while training. "He was home training," Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said. "He was doing great and then he hurt his back again. We brought him back to Kansas City. He had successful surgery, microdiskectomy. He had that disk removed. He's in Memphis right now. He's not doing a whole lot of rehab or treatment. He's resting, but he's doing great. He's going to be up here with us on Friday, and he'll have extensive treatment and rehab."

Dontari Poe DL KC 3 months ago

Poe (back) practiced in full Tuesday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Poe missed the last two weeks of OTAs due to back spasms, but his return Tuesday effectively clears him of the concern. With only one game missed in his three-year career, his pass-rushing prowess (10.5 total sacks the last two seasons) should translate to IDP relevance in 2015.

Dontari Poe DL KC 3 months ago

Poe exited practice Tuesday with a back injury, the Kansas City Star reports.

The severity of Poe's injury remains unclear at this point, but the issue held him out of practice Wednesday as well. There's no indication that the injury will hold over into training camp, but it's worth monitoring for anyone potentially considering the big man in IDP leagues.

Dontari Poe DL KC 4 months ago

Poe's fifth-year contract option was exercised by the Chiefs on Friday, NFL.com reports.

Poe has emerged into one of the NFL's most dominant nose tackles since joining the league as a first-rounder in 2012, making two Pro Bowl appearances along the way. As a result, exercising Poe's fifth-year option was seemingly a no-brainer for Kansas City. Entering this upcoming season, Poe will aim to build on the career-best six sacks he posted with 46 tackles last season.

Dontari Poe DL KC 10 months ago

Poe had a sack, a tackle for loss, a QB hit and four tackles (three solo) against the Bills on Sunday.

Poe's sack was his second in as many games, and now gives him four for the season. As the nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, he doesn't figure to light up the box score consistently, but has made his presence felt in the backfield the last couple weeks.

Dontari Poe DL KC 11 months ago

Poe recorded 1.5 sacks, a pass deflection and four tackle (three solo) against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Poe had his best game of the season so far, getting his first sacks of the season. He had just 4.5 all of last season and zero the season before so it's unlikely he will have totals like this on a consistent basis, but it's possible the third season will be his best.

Dontari Poe DL KC 2 years ago

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe had six tackles, 1.5 sacks, one batted pass and one forced fumble in Sunday's Week 1 blowout of the Jaguars.

Dontari Poe DL KC 2 years ago

ESPN's Bill Williamson says "the light has come on" for NT Dontari Poe.

Williamson says Poe has "taken to the new coaching" and "has a chance to be among the breakout players in the NFL this season." Poe, the 11th overall pick last season, struggled badly early and finished as ProFootballFocus' No. 72 defensive tackle. Only Tyson Alualu of the Jaguars and Casey Hampton of the Steelers were worse against the run.

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Chiefs second-year NT Dontari Poe quit eating barbecue last June and has dropped 15-20 pounds.

"It might be the hardest thing I've had to do since I've been here," said Poe, the No. 11 overall pick last year. "I'm trying to cut out the beef and the pork and stay away from the fried foods. And stay away from the barbecue." As a result, Poe has reportedly been nearly unblockable in training camp. He weighed around 350 pounds as a rookie, but Poe is now down to a healthier 335.

Dontari Poe DL KC 3 years ago

Chiefs rookie NT Dontari Poe is expected to make his first start of the preseason in Thursday's finale.

Starter Anthony Toribio is dealing with an ankle injury. "He's making progress," coach Romeo Crennel said of Poe. "But he's still that rookie who reverts back to what he knows at times, and he forgets to remember how we want to do it. ... He's a conscientious student, and he will get it corrected." Incredibly raw for a first-round pick, Poe could be limited to nickel packages as a rookie.