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NFC Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 13-4-0
6-0-0 12-5-0
3-3-0 12-5-0
4-2-0 11-6-0
2-4-0 10-7-0
3-3-0 9-8-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
4-2-0 8-9-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
3-3-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 6-11-0
2-4-0 5-12-0
1-5-0 4-13-0
2-4-0 3-13-1

2021 Defensive

STATS CMB
Total Tackles
SCK
Sacks
FUM
Forced Fumbles
INT
Interceptions
TD
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 52 1.0 0 0 0
Post Season 4 0.0 0 0 0

Top Ben Niemann News

  • Cardinals' Ben Niemann: Inks deal with Chiefs

    Niemann signed a contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

    Niemann tried out for Arizona during minicamp this past week as the team looks to add additional depth on defense and special teams. The 2018 undrafted free agent recorded 57 tackles, one pass defended and one interception over 17 games with five starts in Kansas City last season. Niemann also played at least 245 special-teams snaps during each of his first four seasons with the Chiefs and should serve as a solid depth linebacker alongside Nick Vigil and Tanner Vallejo.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Off injury report

    Niemann (concussion) is no longer listed on the Chiefs' injury report Wednesday.

    Niemann suffered a concussion in the Chiefs' win over the Eagles in Week 4 and he was forced to exit the game early. After clearing concussion protocols Monday, Niemann is expected to be available to play in Week 5 against the Bills.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Clears concussion protocol

    Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Niemann has cleared concussion protocol, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Niemann made two solo tackles during Sunday's victory, but he was unable to finish the game due to a concussion. He has made great progress and cleared protocols, but his status for Week 5 is still up in the air. Niemann has played a prominent role for Kansas City's defense with Willie Gay (toe) on injured reserve, so his absence against the Bills' high-powered offense would be a big loss.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Enters concussion protocol

    Niemann suffered a concussion in Sunday's 42-30 win over the Eagles, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

    Niemann racked up two solo tackles in Sunday's victory, but he was unable to finish the game due to a concussion. Now that he's in the concussion protocol, he'll have several steps to clear if he hopes to play in the team's Week 5 matchup against the Bills.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Over hamstring injury

    Niemann (hamstring) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

    Niemann injured his hamstring in practice in early August, but he has subsequently recovered over the past month. The linebacker is expected to suit up without limitations for Sunday's season opener against the Browns.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Leaves practice early

    Niemann (hamstring) left practice Saturday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Niemann walked off the practice field under his own power and was evaluated for a tweaked hamstring. The extent of the injury is unknown, but it is likely that the Chiefs won't rush him back during training camp, as he suffered a similar injury at the end of last season. The 26-year-old was forced to miss three weeks with his hamstring injury last year, but it is unclear if his most recent tweak occurred on the same leg.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Practicing Wednesday

    Niemann was listed as a full participant on Wednesday's practice report.

    After missing Week 17's game against the Chargers, Niemann has had time to recover and is making progress in his hamstring injury. The inside linebacker hopefully should be ready to return for Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Browns.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Will sit out Sunday

    Niemann (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Niemann suffered a hamstring injury during last week's win over the Falcons. It would've been tough to return in Week 17 under normal circumstances, and there's no reason to rush him back with the top spot in the AFC locked up. Darius Harris likely will bump into a starting role in the season finale.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Dealing with hamstring issue

    Niemann (hamstring) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons.

    The inside linebacker made quite an impact before his first-half exit, notching a forced fumble and three tackles (including one for loss). Kansas City will have to rotate a defender in from another position if Niemann proves unable to return to the contest, with Anthony Hitchens remaining on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Dorian O'Daniel (ankle) on injured reserve.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Records first career sack

    Niemann tallied two tackles (both solo), including his first career sack Monday versus the Ravens.

    Niemann continues to rotate in among a deep group of linebackers for the Chiefs, playing 43 percent of the snaps in Monday's contest. While it produced his first career sack, Niemann also saw a downturn in defensive snap percentage and just two tackles after racking up nine a week ago. He doesn't see the field enough at the moment to warrant IDP consideration in most formats.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Settles in as rotational linebacker

    Niemann amassed 56 tackles (35 solo) and one pass breakup while appearing in all 16 of the Chiefs' regular-season games in 2019.

    While many teams are utilizing linebacker-heavy packages less often these days in the pass-driven NFL, Niemann logged north of 400 defensive snaps thanks in part to starter Anthony Hitchens missing a pair of games in the middle of the season. Niemann should serve in a similar reserve role in 2020, but he could see his playing time increase if one or more starting linebackers misses time.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Sees uptick in playing time

    Niemann stepped in for the injured Anthony Hitchens (groin) Sunday and recorded 10 tackles (six solo) versus the Texans.

    Niemann logged no more than 23 percent of the defensive snaps prior to Sunday night's contest, when he played 86 percent. He could be set for another big day next week if Hitchens' groin issue keeps him out for another game.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Practices Thursday

    Niemann (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

    Niemann was sidelined for Sunday's win over the 49ers due to a hamstring issue, but the injury no longer appears to be a concern. Barring any setbacks, expect the special teams contributor to suit up against the Broncos on Monday.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Out Week 3 against 49ers

    Niemann (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday against San Francisco, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

    What appeared to be a midweek setback left Niemann with a "doubtful" tag, so the Chiefs will be left searching for a replacement for his modest special teams contributions.

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  • Chiefs' Ben Niemann: Doubtful to play

    Niemann (hamstring) is doubtful to play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Niemann appeared in line to play this weekend after logging a full practice Thursday. However, the linebacker may have suffered a setback, as Niemann was subsequently a limited practice participant on Friday. Unless his health takes a quick turnaround before gametime, Kansas City may have to look elsewhere for help on special teams.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Des Moines, IA
Age: 26
School: Iowa
Experience: 5