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    KANSAS CITY Josh Allen Jersey , Mo. — Spencer Ware returned to practice Wednesday, raising the possibility that both will be available for their AFC championship showdown with New England.Berry missed most of the season with a heel injury that developed in training camp, then played parts of two games against the Chargers and Seahawks. The heel began to bother him again the next week, and he did not practice last week or play in the divisional round against Indianapolis.Ware hurt his hamstring in a Week 14 win over the Ravens.Chiefs coach Andy Reid also said that right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who was activated off injured reserve Tuesday, would work into the mix with the starters. Whether he starts in Sunday’s game against the Patriots will not be decided until later in the week.“We’re getting our work done starting today,” Reid said, “and we’ll put it in right through Saturday.”The Chiefs have treated Berry with caution all year after the three-time All-Pro tore his Achilles tendon in last season’s opener. He remains one of their best playmakers when he’s on the field, and he’s continued to provide a vocal and emotional lift while he’s been out.He broke down the pregame huddle before last Saturday’s 31-13 victory over the Colts.One sign that Berry might be available came when Duvernay-Tardif came off IR. The Chiefs had to cut someone from the 53-man roster to make space and chose veteran safety Ron Parker.“We’ve had great communication with him, so we’re going to keep that and just see how he feels as we go,” Reid said. “Right now he feels pretty good and we’ll see how he feels at practice Jawaan Taylor Jersey , and during practice. We talk to him all the time. Same with Larry and all the guys.”The only player who didn’t practice Wednesday was linebacker Dorian O’Daniel, who remains out with a calf injury. O’Daniel plays on four different special teams units.In other news, the Chiefs began to lay new sod inside Arrowhead Stadium on Wednesday after much of the field was torn up in the divisional round. Heavy snow that began last Friday and stopped just before kickoff left parts of the field mushy, particularly between the hash marks and along the sidelines.Those areas and the south end zone were getting fresh sod.Patriots coach Bill Belichick, whose team is accustomed to playing on turf, acknowledged this week that the playing surface can be important. He also said that the Patriots generally try to replicate it during practice, but that’s sometimes difficult to accomplish.“I’d say during the year we’ve practiced in most every condition we could get,” he said, “and it would be pretty unusual for something to come up that we haven’t at least approximated in the practice setting so that we can refer back to, ‘Well, when it’s like this or when this happens Josh Oliver Jersey , we need to make this adjustment,’ because we’ve already talked about it and made it.“So, it would have to be something pretty extraordinary to fall outside of that, out of those experiences that we’ve had over the course of the year. But if it did, we would just broaden our net.”Another factor to consider is the weather: The forecast calls for more rain and snow on Saturday, followed by an Arctic blast Sunday that could yield game-time temperatures in the single digits.“It don’t matter to me on game day,” Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston said. “I just hate TV timeouts and standing there. Besides that, it doesn’t matter what the temperature is when we’re playing.”100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can see a huge difference after only three days running new coach Matt Nagy’s offense.There’s more to it than just the system for Trubisky, as the Bears ended their first minicamp under Nagy on Thursday with a greater knowledge of an offense they hope eventually elevates them from the depths of the NFC North.”Just having a bunch of brilliant offensive minds around me, I’m just getting a lot of information ,” Trubisky said. ”I’m trying to be a sponge, and it’s been a lot of fun working with those guys and learning as much as I can these last three days.”It all caused Trubisky to remark: ”I feel like these last three days, I’ve been coached more than I ever have.”The Bears finished 30th on offense and have been ranked in the bottom half of NFL offenses three of the past four seasons. Coach John Fox was fired after going 5-11 in his third season, with Trubisky starting the final 12 games of his rookie year.Now Trubisky learns from Nagy, who brought along a reputation for offensive innovation after serving as Kansas City offensive coordinator under coach Andy Reid.”They do a great job teaching it, and it’s not only me – all the other positions know the whys of the offense so everybody will be on the same page,” Trubisky said. ”We’ll all have answers and we’ll be able to click as an offense because everybody knows our jobs and what we’re looking for.”With wide receiver Allen Robinson missing all of minicamp recovering from last year’s torn ACL, Trubisky threw extensively to wide receivers Kevin White, Bennie Fowler and Taylor Gabriel, and new tight end Trey Burton.Trubisky felt comfortable running an offense emphasizing run-pass options, largely because he ran something similar in college at North Carolina.”You’ve got the RPO game Ryquell Armstead Jersey , the play-action, the quick dropback, getting the ball out quick, stuff I’ve done in my past from high school to North Carolina,” Trubisky said. ”And then you’ve got the West Coast, pro-style concepts grooved in with that.”So I feel like this offense is going to utilize my talents and use what comes natural to me.”Trubisky is as impressed with the new head coach personally as with his offense.”Just every day you can feel the excitement and the energy he brings and you can hear the passion in his voice and how he talks about things,” Trubisky said. ”I get a really genuine feel when I’m around him. He’s very authentic. He’s real.”Nagy was no less complimentary describing what he saw from his new quarterback. The two had built a bit of a relationship during the lead-up to the 2017 draft, when Kansas City weighed taking Trubisky.”I would say that the biggest thing is probably just his immense focus,” Nagy said. ”He’s very focused.”Nagy called focus important for Trubisky because rising expectations can lead to distractions.”So if you start worrying about expectations other than what your coaches want, you’re in trouble,” Nagy said. ”And so he’s just got to understand just come to practice every day , be a leader, lead these guys, and sometimes that’s hard.”You come in last year as a rookie and you’re asked to lead guys that’s hard deal sometimes. Now it’s year 2, it’s time to make the next step.”NOTES: Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch suffered an ankle sprain on the second day of minicamp, but Nagy said it shouldn’t cost him much practice time. Lynch began camp lined up with starters because outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is still rehabbing after a knee injury last year. … Linebacker Danny Trevathan was at Halas Hall, but didn’t practice after missing the start of minicamp for personal reasons.—

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