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Chiefs fondly recall former running back Joe McKnight

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Knile Davis recalled after practice Friday the 2014 game in which both he and fellow running back Joe McKnight were stars for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were without injured running back Jamaal Charles, but Davis ran for a career high 132 yards and McKnight caught a pair of touchdown passes in a 34-15 win against Miami.

"We were magic that day," Davis remembered.

Davis and other Chiefs players and coaches were mourning the loss of their former teammate. McKnight was shot and killed in New Orleans on Thursday.

"It’s a tragic deal," coach Andy Reid said. "This world is a bit crazy right now, just a bit crazy. Hopefully we can stop the nonsense that goes on. What a great kid. We appreciated having him here. Our hearts go out to his family."

McKnight played in just two games for the Chiefs. He tore his Achilles tendon in practice the week after the Miami game and never played for the Chiefs again.

He hasn’t been forgotten in the Chiefs’ locker room. Linebacker Tamba Hali tweeted his sentiments after hearing of McKnight’s death.

"He was a great person, a great guy to be around," Hali said Friday. "He was very a positive individual. He was always joking, laughing. There was never tension between players.

"It’s a sad story."

Davis said he stayed in touch with McKnight.

"I talked to Joe probably not a month ago," he said. "He was doing some work in Canada, and he was training and staying in shape. I followed him on Snapchat, so I was keeping tabs on him.

"I learned a lot from Joe. I learned patience from him, footwork. I even get my ankles taped like Joe did. He was trying to extend his career. He was still training. It hurt my heart when I heard what happened."