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Maybe This Is Part Of The Reason Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson Hasn't Been Playing

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A contributor at SB Nation's Royals Review recently heard Mitch Holthus -- voice of the Chiefs -- speak at an event (he was really there to hear Dayton Moore speak). While there, Holthus said that fans need to be mindful of Derrick Johnson's respiratory problem.

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His main point on DJ was his respiratory issues.  Mitch said that they have to be very careful on how they use DJ because if he gets to many snaps he cannot breathe effectively and becomes an ineffective player.  Because of that, the Chiefs are trying to figure out the best times to use him and how often to use him so that he is at peak performance.

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Interesting. I've never really heard this exact thing before. Since DJ wasn't playing last year, all kinds of rumors were being thrown around.

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It makes sense but, at the same time, you would think DJ would acknowledge this situation so fans don't think he was either A.) being screwed over by Todd Haley or B.) just not a very good player.

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Ultimately, though, we have no idea if this factors into any of it.