Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel and 8 Players Who Must Remain Healthy in 2012

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Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel and 8 Players Who Must Remain Healthy in 2012
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The Kansas City Chiefs went out and had one of their most fruitful offseasons in recent memory by bringing in an assembly of players, be it through free agency or the draft, that will either make an immediate impact as starters or provide much needed depth in case of injury (something that the team was all too familiar with in 2011).

Had it not been for injuries to running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry, tight end Tony Moeaki and quarterback Matt Cassel, last season might have ended on a more constructive note for the Chiefs. However, instead of being able to build off of their 2010 AFC West title, they regressed and missed the playoffs entirely.

Though Scott Pioli and Co. did their best to prevent that from happening again, injuries are undeniably a part of the game. If certain players go down, regardless of depth, it could mean that the 2012 campaign will be an extension of last season.

If the Chiefs want 2010 to be more of the norm around Kansas City, here are eight players that must remain healthy this season.

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