Maslowski Sets Workout with Chiefs

What was once the ‘Heart and Soul' of the Kansas City Chiefs defense could be back with the hometown team sooner rather than later. Former Middle linebacker Mike Maslowski will be back at Arrowhead at the end of the week for a workout.

According to his agent Joe Linta, who spoke exclusively with Warpaint Illustrated the plan is for Maslowski to come in on Friday and workout for the team. However, Maslowski has a personal issue that could prevent a delay in the scheduled workout on Friday.

"Mike feels like he's back to 100% and ready to play football again," said Linta. "However the Chiefs are not the only team he's scheduled to work out with but he wanted to give Kansas City the first shot."

The Kansas Chiefs are expected to put Maslowski though a rigorous workout to determine his health and availability to rejoin the team. On Monday afternoon, the team put linebacker Keyaron Fox on the reserve/injured list and he's lost for the season. Now Fox did not require surgery so it was possible he could have returned to the team in late November or early December.

Maslowski has been rehabilitating his knee in the Kansas City area and has been working out with the singular goal of resuming his NFL career. The Chiefs had little choice but to release him in August. The two sides had an understanding that if Maslowski were deemed healthy, that Kansas City would be interested in getting Maslowski in the fold at some point in the season.

At 31-years old, Maslowski feels that his NFL career was cut short. He was injured midway through the 2003 season. After multiple knee surgeries including an experimental procedure, Maslowski feels he's ready to play pro football once again.

Maslowski had his best season in a Chiefs uniform in 2002 when he amassed 126 tackles (96 solo), one sack, three forced fumbles and three interceptions. The hard hitting Maslowski was on pace to duplicate those numbers in 2003 before the knee injury.

With linebacker Shawn Barber on the (Physically Unable to Perform List), Maslowski if healthy could be a solid addition to the team.

It's clear the Chiefs best attributes on defense are at the linebacker position. With the defensive line struggling with the loss of Ryan Sims, Maslowski could be part of a revamped defensive front seven.

The Chiefs have experimented with a 3-4 defensive alignment during the preseason and regular season. At times, it was an effective formation for the Chiefs. With only three solid down lineman, Kansas City could better use its personnel at the linebacker position by putting four of them on the field at the same time.

Converting to a 3-4 scheme won't be a base defense for the Chiefs but it gives the team more options and flexibility. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has yet to play that old style of smash mouth football that has made him one of the best defensive minds in the NFL.

Now whether a healthy Mike Maslowski can make that happen remains to be seen. But it couldn't hurt having him back on the field and in that locker room.

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