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By Eli Kaberon

The Chiefs are eager to see what kind of impact first-round WR Jonathan Baldwin can have on their offense now that the hand injury he suffered in the preseason finally is healed.

There were high hopes for the 6-4, 230-pound Pittsburgh product over the summer, when he spent lots of time during the lockout with QB Matt Cassel, learning the team's offense and getting their timing down, that he would be a much-needed complement to No. 1 WR Dwayne Bowe. However, he has been sidelined since mid-August and is just recently returned to the field.

Cassel struggled early this season, but has picked it up recently, throwing seven touchdown passes and one interception over his past three games. With Bowe playing better, and free-agent addition Steve Breaston also having the impact the team expected, we hear Baldwin will be worked into the offense slowly. Head coach Todd Haley said he's excited to see what the rookie can add to the offense, but won't rush Baldwin onto the field.

"(Baldwin) did enough things in practice that we were all excited and thought that he could potentially help us," Haley said. "You've got to take into account special teams and he hadn't done a lot of practicing on special teams because of being hurt and not being out there. We just have to do what's best for the team right now."

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