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06-13-2008, 12:05 AM

Chiefs notes

Competition at quarterback

For the second consecutive year, the Chiefs’ quarterback auditions did not conclude before training camp.

Only this time, it’s for the No. 2 job.

Coach Herm Edwards reiterated Thursday that Brodie Croyle’s job is safe and that he will enter training camp as the starter.

“It’s his team now,” Edwards said at Spratt Stadium on the Missouri Western campus in St. Joseph. “But he knows that, really to win them over, he’s got to win.”

Croyle’s competition last year, Damon Huard, will not have his job so clearly defined. Huard spent the last four weeks as the No. 3 quarterback, behind second-year passer Tyler Thigpen. Thigpen spent most of last season on the practice squad, before a knee injury ended his season four games early.

Thigpen ended organized team activities as Croyle’s backup, but Edwards said Huard will be in the mix when the team starts camp July 25. Huard started 10 games last year and passed for 2,257 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Huard, a 34-year-old veteran entering his 12th season, has the experience advantage over Thigpen, 24, who played in one game last year.

Rain and basketball

Edwards had a contingency plan for Thursday’s practice if rain prevented the Chiefs from taking the field: Send them to the court.

Edwards organized a three-on-three basketball tournament that would have been played at Missouri Western’s John Lance Arena. Instead, the rain held off, and the Chiefs practiced football.

Not that it was popular.

“They were kind of in the bus that I was on, going, ‘Coach, it’s raining,’ ” Edwards said. “All of a sudden, it cleared up a little bit, and they were hoping a lightning bolt was going to strike.”

Edwards said the tournament would have featured 12-minute quarters and winning teams would play until they lost. Those weren’t the only ground rules, though.

“If somebody drives, pretend like that guy is Michael Jordan — get out of his way. Don’t try to defend him,” Edwards said he told his players. “I told certain guys to know your skill level. Don’t think you can dunk the basketball when you’ve never been able to dunk, because you’re going to embarrass yourself.”

Training camp schedule set

The Chiefs released their tentative training camp schedule, with two-a-days scheduled to begin in River Falls, Wis., on July 26.

The team will practice at 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. most days. The Chiefs will practice in pads for the first time July 28 and practice with the Minnesota Vikings on July 31.

The team reports July 24 and will break camp Aug. 15.

Chiefs sign defensive end

Kansas City signed journeyman defensive end Trevor Johnson to a one-year deal.

Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 260-pounder, played last year for the St. Louis Rams. He’s also played for the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets.