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Chiefs cornerback Ty Law says he's finally healthy after 3 years

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -It was only a routine interception during 11-on-11 drills, something that will be repeated a hundred times in training camps around the country.

But it gave Ty Law more satisfaction than the pick he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

"I broke on my bad foot," Kansas City's veteran cornerback said with a triumphant grin. "I was like, 'Oh, man! It works!"'

It isn't as though the five-time Pro Bowler has been out of football since a foot injury shelved him for New England's last nine games in 2004. His 10 interceptions for the New York Jets in 2005 tied for the NFL lead, and he topped the Chiefs last year with four picks.

But with every snap of the ball, he had to compensate for the bad foot - make adjustments, alter his approach and summon every ounce of savvy and guile collected over his career.

"It was such a traumatic injury for me, even after going to the Jets and coming away with 10 picks," he said. "I wasn't the same guy. It was tough. They said it would be a two-year injury. I was playing more of a mental game."

After playing on a lame foot for so long, being able-bodied sometimes feels awkward.

"I'm still getting my confidence in my ability to cut. There's something new every day," Law said. "I actually feel kind of clumsy. I'm doing breaks and cuts that I haven't done. I'm tripping over my own feet at times, because I'm quicker."

He figures he was about 75 percent last season with the Chiefs, when he reunited with former Jets coach Herm Edwards. Now, he's hoping to reach 100 percent by the Sept. 9 opener.

Law is one of 34 defensive backs in league history with 50 or more interceptions.

Aging cornerbacks could be a soft spot on a Kansas City defense that should otherwise be improved. The linebackers, with the addition of veterans Napoleon Harris and Donnie Edwards, will be much quicker and more athletic. Rookies Tank Tyler and Turk McBride could infuse the defensive line with much-needed depth.

But Law had 33 candles on his last birthday cake, and his cornerback partner on the other side, Patrick Surtain, had 31.

"At the end of the day, I'm my biggest critic," Law said. "I'm always challenging myself. That's just how I've been my whole career. People are going to pat you on the back. People are going to say you're not that great. I've heard it. But I've ran with the best of them throughout my career.

"I'll be fine. I always tell myself that I ain't worth a darn, just to motivate myself."

Edwards said he did a double-take the first time he got a look at his two 30-something cornerbacks in camp.

"Ty looks as good as he's looked in the last five years," Edwards said. "And I've been with him the last two, so I kind of know his body shape. And I know Pat's body shape. And they've both really lost a lot of weight. I told them both when they out off the bus, 'You guys look like you're in your fifth or sixth year all of a sudden.' They really worked in the offseason."

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