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Dontari Poe | Defensive Lineman | #92

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 346
College: Memphis
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (11) / KC
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The Chiefs have begun preliminary negotiations with contract-year NT Dontari Poe.
Owed $6.15 million entering the last year of his rookie contract, 25-year-old Poe rebounded from a worrisome preseason back injury to lead the overachieving Chiefs in snaps played by defensive linemen, and earned a top-12 run-defense grade among defensive tackles from Pro Football Focus. "We’ve talked, we’ve talked more than once," GM John Dorsey said. "I have great affection for Dontari Poe. I think he represents everything we want to do, culturally." Feb 29 - 3:20 PM

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Chiefs declared DL Dontari Poe, QB Aaron Murray, CB Marcus Cooper, OL Jah Reid, TE Brian Parker, WR Frankie Hammond Jr, and LB Josh Mauga inactive for Week 6 against the Vikings.

Poe is week to week with a high-ankle sprain. He'll be replaced by Jaye Howard on the inside. ILB Ramik Wilson starts for Mauga.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 5 against the Bears.

He's week-to-week and isn't expected to play Week 6 against the Vikings. It's a boost for Adrian Peterson, though backup NT Jaye Howard has been lights-out against the run. Mike DeVito and Allen Bailey will flank Howard.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 01:13:00 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said there's a "pretty good" chance Dontari Poe (back, probable) will play Sunday against the Texans.

Poe spent most of camp recovering from back surgery but hasn't experienced any setbacks at practice and should be a full-go for Sunday's opener. Poe received PFF's 24th highest grade out of 81 qualifiers at defensive tackle last season.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 03:23:00 PM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe (back) is practicing Wednesday.

Poe has made an extraordinarily quick recovery from July back surgery and has a real chance to play Week 1 against the Texans. It'd be a shot to an already-weak Texans running game that will be trotting out Alfred Blue as the starter.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 03:22:00 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that NT Dontari Poe (back) has a "chance" to play in Week 1 against the Texans.

Even if Poe doesn't play, this is great news for his recovery from back surgery. He avoided reserve/PUP and has resumed practicing in individual drills.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 01:33:00 PM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) avoided reserve/PUP to open the season.

It's a potential sign Poe could be ready to return at some point in September, or early October. The date Poe would've been eligible to return had he gone on reserve/PUP would be October 25. Poe remains unlikely to play in Week 1. The Chiefs will turn to Jaye Howard at nose tackle in the meantime.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 05:47:00 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said sidelined NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) has "made big strides."

"I can just tell he's at least on schedule if not a little bit ahead," Reid said. "He's had a great attitude with the whole thing." Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson said there was "rising optimism" surrounding Poe's rehab this weekend. Poe has said he wants to return Week 1. While that is unlikely, it appears Poe could be back sometime in September.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 01:08:00 PM

Yahoo! Sports Charles Robinson said there is "rising optimism" about Dontari Poe's return.

Poe underwent back surgery to repair a herniated disk in late July. Reports on when Poe will return have been all over the map, with speculation ranging from the first month of the season to late in October. This report is good news for his recovery, but Poe remains a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 12:33:00 PM

The Kansas City Star considers NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) a candidate for the reserve/PUP list.

Poe went under the knife early last month, and is staring at a three-month timeline. That means even in a best-case scenario, he's unlikely to return before October. The Chiefs don't have to make a decision on Poe's status until next month.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 01:47:00 PM

Chiefs placed NT Dontari Poe on the active/PUP list.

It makes Poe a candidate for reserve/PUP. The Chiefs are holding out hope Poe will be ready to play within the first month of the year, but Poe's late-July surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back can require a lengthy recovery. Kansas City will be a team to target for plus run-defense matchups in 2015.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 09:12:00 AM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) could return "early" in the season.

The K.C. Star's Terez Paylor initially tweeted Poe had a "reasonable chance" to return at the "end of the season," but has corrected his error. It's definitely good news, but the Chiefs' own website has already reported Poe will sit out all of camp. There's a good chance he could begin the year on the reserve/PUP list, costing him six games. Jaye Howard will fill in for however long Poe is sidelined.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe is recovering from back surgery to repair a herniated disk, and is out indefinitely.

Poe won't participate in camp. Per coach Andy Reid, there's a "reasonable chance" Poe returns at the "end of the season." Poe was a slow developer, but has come on as one of the league's premier nose tackles. His loss is a massive blow for a run defense that was one of the league's worst in 2014, and doesn't know what it will get from Mike DeVito and Derrick Johnson as they recover from Achilles' injuries. Poe has missed just one game in three NFL seasons. Jaye Howard is the next man up on the depth chart.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 04:24:00 PM

The Chiefs have exercised NT Dontari Poe's fifth-year option, valued at $6.15 million.

He's now under contract through 2016. Poe was commonly billed as a "workout wonder" coming out of Memphis in 2012, but he's developed into one of the NFL's premier nose tackles. He did have a down year in 2014 run defense, but piled up a career-high six sacks. Poe doesn't turn 25 years old until August.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 04:28:00 PM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe had six tackles, 1.5 sacks, one batted pass and one forced fumble in Sunday's Week 1 blowout of the Jaguars.

Poe, the No. 11 overall pick last season, was talked up as second-year breakout candidate all offseason. So far, so good. The slimmed-down Poe totaled just 38 tackles, no sacks and four batted balls all of last season.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 12:33:00 PM

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