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K.C.'s Bowe, Dorsey and Johnson make progress

8/19/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Kansas City coach Todd Haley praised three players, who have been in the doghouse in Kansas City at some point recently.

However, it seems all three are making strong progress as the Chiefs prepare to end their training camp.

  Bowe
Dwayne Bowe

Why he was in the doghouse: Bowe, the Chiefs' best receiver, was overweight, lackadaisical and dropping passes. That prompted a trip to the third string.

How he is making progress: Being demoted clearly caught Bowe's attention. He played well in the Chiefs' first preseason game (against much lesser competition as he was playing with the backups). Bowe was working with the first team again some Wednesday and it appears he is well on his way back into the good graces of the coaching staff.

What Haley had to say: "Dwayne has been terrific in the past few days. He's been terrific."

  Dorsey
Glenn Dorsey

Why he was in the doghouse: He was very overweight and wasn't working hard. He failed a conditioning test to start training camp.

How he is making progress: Dorsey has now lost 39 pounds since the start of the offseason conditioning program. He is working hard and making progress in the Chiefs' new 3-4 scheme.

What Haley had to say: "Glenn has worked very hard and he is making good strides. He's getting in good shape."

  Johnson
Larry Johnson

Why he was in the doghouse: Johnson had trouble with the former regime in Kansas City.

How he is making progress: Johnson has worked hard and has given the new regime no reason to be upset with him.

What Haley had to say: "We have a big, strong back in Larry. He's been great. He's bought into this thing and he wants to have a big year."