Chiefs Skinny: Warfield Understands His Mistakes

Eric Warfield is doing everything he can to show the Chiefs and their fans that he's a player they can continue to count on when he returns from his four-game alcohol-related suspension in Week Five.

In a broadcast interview on July 21, a week before the Chiefs report to their River Falls, Wis., training camp, Warfield read a public apology for the three DUI arrests that resulted in 10 days of jail time, 80 days of house arrest, probation and a league suspension for the month of September -- a period in which the Chiefs host two playoff teams (the Jets and Eagles) and play two prime-time games at Oakland and Denver.

"I recognize my mistakes and I take full responsibility for my actions,'' Warfield said. "Drinking and driving is wrong. I was blessed that no one was hurt by my irresponsible actions. I recognize now that I cannot drink, and I've now learned to deal with that situation," Warfield said after learning of his suspension.

"God has blessed me with a second chance to change and make things right, and I embrace that opportunity. Since my third DUI I've embraced my rehabilitation like never before and have made changes in my lifestyle. I've come a long way, and I've got further to go.''

But Warfield also knows the Chiefs have to go on without him for at least the season's first month.

He will work in training camp only in a reserve capacity while veteran Dexter McCleon will get the first opportunity at his starting cornerback spot.

"He'll practice just like he would be playing, except he's not going to be in the starting unit," Coach Dick Vermeil said. "We're going to do everything we can to make sure that if he's going to be our starter after four games, he's prepared to be the starter."

The Chiefs likely will go back to Warfield quickly after his suspension, especially if he applies himself to remaining ready during camp and the month of September when he knows he isn't preparing to play.

"It hurts to know I can't be part of that first month," Warfield said. "All I can do is work to put that part of my life behind me and move ahead. When you don't have alcohol involved in your life, you feel that much better physically and mentally.

"I'll keep talking to different groups of kids about what I've gone through and how I intend to put that behind me. I want to show people they can be successful and go out and have fun without having all those other problems. I wouldn't want anyone else to go through what I've been through."

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