Steelers' wideouts impress in victory over Chiefs
Second-year wideout James Washington impressed again, and rookie third-rounder Diontae Johnson snared a 24-yard touchdown as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the visiting Kansas City Chiefs 17-7 on Saturday night.The Steelers honored late wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, who died suddenly last Sunday, before the game with a moment of silence.Drake's pupils played inspired. Washington, a 2018 second-round pick, had four grabs for 78 yards after totaling four for 84 in the preseason opener. Johnson had three grabs for 46 yards and his score, along with another touchdown that was nullified by offensive pass interference. Mason Rudolph (10 of 15, 77 yards) started at quarterback for Pittsburgh before Josh Dobbs (6 of 11, 95 yards, INT) took over just before halftime.
Reports: Chiefs signing suspended CB Claiborne
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with suspended free-agent cornerback Morris Claiborne, multiple outlets reported Thursday.Claiborne is scheduled to fly to Kansas City on Thursday night to sign a contract, pending the results of a physical. NFL Network reported it was a one-year deal worth up to $1.5 million.The NFL earlier this week suspended Claiborne for the first four weeks of the 2019 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.Claiborne, 29, started 15 games with the New York Jets last season and registered 57 tackles, 14 passes defensed and two interceptions.
Chiefs WR Hill back to practice following quad injury
Just three days after being diagnosed with a bruised quadricep, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was on the practice field Friday.BJ Kissel of the team's official website reported the news.Hill left practice Tuesday after colliding with a teammate and suffering a quad contusion, but he was back on the field and in pads Friday. The report did not address how much he would participate.One of six Chiefs named to the 2019 Pro Bowl, Hill is the lead receiver for an explosive offense directed by reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Chiefs WR Hill leaves practice, diagnosed with bruise
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was injured Tuesday after a hard hit from cornerback Bashaud Breeland and diagnosed with a bruised quadriceps.Hill limped off the field and was then taken to the team's medical tent in the back of a John Deere motorized cart. He spent several minutes in the medical tent at training camp but will be considered day-to-day with the leg bruise.Hill and Breeland collided during a passing drill while Hill was running a route.One of six Chiefs named to the 2019 Pro Bowl, Hill is the lead receiver for an explosive offense directed by reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes.Hill caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018, but his offseason was mired in controversy surrounding investigations by police and the NFL related to allegations of child abuse when his 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm. The NFL ruled last week that since the police investigation did not find enough evidence to charge Hill, he wouldn't be punished or suspended by the league.
Chiefs CB Reaser carted off field, fears torn Achilles
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Keith Reaser was carted off the field in practice Monday morning, and coach Andy Reid told reporters it appeared he suffered a torn Achilles.In April, he became the first player from the Alliance of American Football to sign with an NFL team after the AAF abruptly shut down. This is his second stint with the Chiefs.Reaser, who played for the Orlando Apollos, was a fifth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had three interceptions in eight games with the Apollos.
Hill cheered in Chiefs' first practice
Tyreek Hill participated in the Kansas City Chiefs' first practice on Saturday and the reaction was all positive.The team's standout receiver/returner was heavily cheered and showed his appreciation by pumping his arms and high-stepping on the field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.Hill endured an offseason of turmoil as the NFL investigated child-abuse allegations against him before announcing on July 19 that he didn't violate the league's personal-conduct policy.Kansas City suspended Hill from its offseason program in April. At the same time, Hill and then-fiancee Crystal Espinal were being investigated by authorities after their 3-year-old son allegedly suffered a broken arm.Hill wasn't available to the media after the practice so he has yet to publicly answer questions since avoiding suspension. He did greet fans and sign autographs.Hill used his speed to catch three deep throws from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and that was something coach Andy Reid enjoyed."He had to go get 'em and he got 'em," Reid said afterward. "That's a good thing."
Chiefs WR Hill vows to change, says he's 'growing'
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill addressed the media on Sunday for the first time after a turbulent offseason and spoke of how he's embarked on a journey toward self-improvement."I can't wait for my new journey, man. I'm excited," Hill, 25, said. "I'm working every day to be a better father, better person, better citizen, a better son, too, to my parents."The Chiefs suspended Hill while he was under investigation following allegations of child abuse when his 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm. The NFL ruled last week that since the police investigation did not find enough evidence to charge Hill, he wouldn't be punished or suspended by the league."One thing stood out to me: my mom, as I was going through this long process, my mom told me people don't need to change, they need to grow. When you think about it, a tree changes and a tree grows every day. My mom kept telling me ‘Reek, you need to grow. You need to add layers to yourself because if a tree grows, it doesn't go back.' So, I don't want to go back. I want to grow every day of my life."The Chiefs suspended Hill after an audio recording of a fight between Hill and fiancée Crystal Espinal was made public in April. He said Sunday he wasn't aware of the tape's existence until it was released.
Chiefs coach Reid ready to welcome Hill to camp
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reed is looking forward to seeing Tyreek Hill in training camp on Saturday.Reid told reporters on Tuesday that the Pro Bowl receiver/returner will be welcome when he shows despite an offseason of turmoil as the NFL investigated child-abuse allegations against Hill before announcing Friday that he didn't violate the league's personal-conduct policy."Let's talk about Tyreek," Reid said during his opening statement to reporters at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph's, Mo. "I know that's a hot topic. The law enforcement side of it, there's been statements made on that. There's been statements made by the Chiefs. There's been statements made by Tyreek and with all those, we obviously, we're comfortable with Tyreek coming back here. ..."We look forward to bringing him back here and having an opportunity to get back and doing what he loves to do. He has some obligations that he'll take care of as he goes and I'm not going to get into all that. I'm going to kind of end it after this here."You've all read all the statements, as we have, and we have the trust in Tyreek and we're going to go forward in a positive way."Kansas City suspended Hill from its offseason program in April. At the same time, Hill and then-fiancee Crystal Espinal were being investigated by authorities after their 3-year-old son allegedly suffered a broken arm.Reid said he has been able to discuss the situation with Hill."I've had a chance to talk to him, on the phone, in person. I spent quite a bit of time with him, actually," Reid said. "He's remorseful that he's had to put all of us through what we went through and he had to go through. That's a sensitive situation. He wants to get back and he wants to do what he needs to do to be a father and to be a player here. He's very conscious of that."Hill has certainly been productive in three seasons after the Chiefs selected him in the fifth round in 2016. He has 223 catches for 3,255 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also has rushed for four scores and has five return touchdowns (four punts, one kickoff).
Kansas City Chiefs training camp primer
New faces: DE Frank Clark, S Tyrann Mathieu, DE Alex Okafor, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Bashaud Breeland, LB Darron Lee, LB Damien Wilson, S Juan Thornhill, WR Mecole Hardman, DT Khalen SaundersThey're gone: OLB Dee Ford, OLB Justin Houston, S Eric Berry, C Mitch Morse, DT Allen Bailey, CB Steven Nelson, TE Demetrius Harris, WR Chris Conley, RB Spencer Ware, S Eric Murray, S Ron Parker2019 snapshot: The team that came thisclose to a Super Bowl appearance didn't rest on its laurels, instead churning the coaching staff and roster, particularly on defense.Steve Spagnuolo replaced fired D-coordinator Bob Sutton, while Clark, Mathieu and Okafor/Ogbah step in for departed Pro Bowlers Ford, Berry and Houston, respectively. At best, those changes feel like a wash, especially because Clark and Mathieu have higher salaries than their counterparts (and acquiring Clark cost Kansas City its first-round pick).The defense added enough talent to improve, depending on how quickly the group clicks under Spagnuolo, but there are still concerns. Unless Breeland returns to his form from Washington, cornerback remains a question mark. There's also no dangerous edge-rushing threat other than Clark. Chris Jones could hold out while seeking a massive extension entering a contract year, and locking him up is imperative after trading Ford and releasing Houston.The Chiefs caught a break when Tyreek Hill avoided league punishment following a child and family services investigation. The pick of Hardman (second round) provided some insurance, but Hill's role as a centerpiece in Andy Reid's offense would have been impossible to fill if he missed time. The offense made few other additions while losing its starting center (Morse) and a few role players, and all numbers suggest at least slight regression from 2018's heights.
NFL declines to punish Chiefs WR Hill
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will not be punished under the personal conduct policy as the NFL closed its formal investigation into multiple alleged physical altercations.Hill pleaded guilty to an assault and battery charge in 2015 but a full version of an audio recording aired recently revealed Hill denying assaulting his fianc�e."Based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy," the statement reads."Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City's training camp and participate in all club activities. He has been and will continue to be subject to conditions set forth by the District Court, Commissioner [Roger] Goodell, and the Chiefs, which include clinical evaluation and therapeutic intervention."The Chiefs announced in late April that Hill has been barred from team activities. In three seasons with the Chiefs after he was a fifth-round draft choice out of West Alabama in 2016, Hill has 223 catches for 3,255 yards and 25 touchdowns.In the recently released recording, played by 610 KCSP radio, Hill is heard telling Crystal Espinal that he "didn't touch you in 2014.""You f---ing ruined my life and you lied on me in 2014," Hill told Espinal. "I'm still not over that. I didn't touch you in 2014."You lied on me in 2014. If you want to rewind that night, we can rewind that night, too. You was in my house. And did I pick you up and slam you? Hell no. I picked you up and put you out my door and after that you left."In August 2015, eight months after his arrest, Hill entered a guilty plea to domestic assault and battery by strangulation for allegedly punching and choking Espinal, who was pregnant at the time.
Chiefs' Hill denies assault in new audio excerpt
In a full version of an audio recording aired by a Kansas City radio station on Tuesday, Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill is heard denying assaulting his fiancée, although Hill pleaded guilty to an assault and battery charge in 2015.Dan Graziano of ESPN reported that NFL investigators have already heard the full recording and are including that in deciding any potential discipline to be levied on Hill.The Chiefs announced in late April that Hill has been barred from team activities. In three seasons with the Chiefs after he was a fifth-round draft choice out of West Alabama in 2016, Hill has 223 catches for 3,255 yards and 25 touchdowns.In the just released section of the recording, played by 610 KCSP radio, Hill is heard telling Cyrstal Espinal that he "didn't touch you in 2014.""You f---ing ruined my life and you lied on me in 2014," Hill told Espinal. "I'm still not over that. I didn't touch you in 2014."You lied on me in 2014. If you want to rewind that night, we can rewind that night, too. You was in my house. And did I pick you up and slam you? Hell no. I picked you up and put you out my door and after that you left."Kansas City television station KCTV in late April aired other 11 minutes of the audio recording, which it reported was believed to have been made as Hill and Espina were in Dubai's international airport.The television station said it received the audio from "someone who is concerned about the welfare of the couple's child."The airing of the original audio spurred the Johnson County District Attorney's Office to take a second look at a possible criminal case involving injuries to the couple's 3-year-old son.When police responded to their home previously, there were signs that a crime had been committed against the child, but the District Attorney's Office said it would not have been able to prove who did it.In August 2015, eight months after his arrest, Hill entered a guilty plea to domestic assault and battery by strangulation for allegedly punching and choking Espinal, who was pregnant at the time.
Chiefs WR Hill to meet Wednesday with NFL investigators
With the specter of a suspension looming, Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will be interviewed by NFL investigators looking into the case involving his 3-year-old son.ESPN reported the interview is scheduled to take place in Kansas City on Wednesday.Hill is under investigation by the Kansas Department of Children and Families for possible child abuse, battery or neglect. Hill's son broke his arm in March, and officers in Overland Park, Kan., were called to Hill's home twice that month.Hill could be subject to discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy, even though there currently is no criminal investigation surrounding the case.The Johnson County district attorney announced on April 24 that he felt a crime had taken place, but insufficient evidence existed to prove who committed the crime.KCTV broadcast an audio recording the next day on which a voice, allegedly Hill's, was heard discussing striking his son with fiancee, Crystal Espinal.
Chiefs K Butker signs contract extension
The Kansas City Chiefs signed kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension on Thursday, with NFL Network reporting that the deal is worth five years, $20.3 million.Butker confirmed the contract extension on Twitter, saying he was "proud to announce that I've signed an extension" and that he is "excited to be a part of this team for the next six years."In his second year with the Chiefs in 2018, Butker, 23, was 16 of 16 on field-goal attempts under 40 yards. He ended the regular season 24 of 27 on all field-goal attempts, and was 65 of 69 on extra-point attempts, with both totals leading the NFL.
Chiefs TE Kelce on schedule for training camp
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce expects to be 100 percent at the start of training camp next month.Kelce said he'll be fully recovered from offseason ankle surgery when the Chiefs take the field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo."I'm ready to go," Kelce said. "It's kind of been a little bit of an experience just not being able to really go out there and train for the upcoming season quite yet. I don't know if I've had an injury that hasn't allowed me to get on the field, at least a little bit in the offseason, outside of my knee surgery my first year."
Chiefs sign RT Schwartz to extension
The Kansas City Chiefs signed right tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a one-year extension, putting him under contract through 2021, Schwartz's agent said Wednesday.Agent Mike McCartney announced the one-year deal on Twitter.NFL Network reported the extra year is worth $11.255 million, with Schwartz's 2019 and 2020 salaries fully guaranteed. Schwartz was scheduled to make $6.6 million in both 2019 and 2020, with a cap hit of $8 million in each season.It's unclear if the contract structure in 2019 and 2020 was affected.The highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history, Trent Brown, averages $16.5 million annually and will play right tackle for Oakland this season after playing on the left side for New England last year. The highest-paid full-time right tackle, Denver's Ja'Wuan James, averages $12.75 million annually.
Chiefs DT Jones skipping camp for contract reasons
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones will not report to minicamp in hopes of having his contract situation addressed by the team before the start of the 2019 season.Jones' deal was set on the back burner when the Chiefs acquired Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks and signed him to a massive contract.Jones, 24, is due $1.2 million in base salary. That's not anywhere near market value considering his 15.5-sack 2018 season.Jones has generated 24 sacks through his first three NFL seasons.
Report: Prosecutors not investigating Chiefs' Hill
Prosecutors in suburban Kansas City are not looking into Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill on suspicion of child abuse but the Kansas Department for Children and Families is continuing to investigate Hill.In the meantime, his status with the team remains uncertain.The Kansas City Star reported Friday that Steve Howe, the Johnson County district attorney, said a criminal investigation is inactive but added, "As in any case, if we receive additional evidence we reevaluate."In April, Howe's office declined to press charges against Hill or his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, after an incident in which their young son suffered a broken arm. He said he believed someone had hurt the child but couldn't prove it.Howe told The Star that those remarks "still hold true."Two days after Howe's April news conference, an audiotape emerged in which Espinal accuses Hill of breaking the boy's arm, and he threatens her in return. The Chiefs banned Hill, 25, from participating in team activities but did not cut ties with him. At the time, head coach Andy Reid said the investigation had been reopened.
Cleveland awarded 2021 draft; K.C. gets 2023
The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, and Kansas City will host the 2023 draft, the league announced Wednesday from its spring meetings in Florida.The event in Cleveland will be centered downtown, around FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and on the shore of Lake Erie."Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement."We are incredibly honored to be able to showcase the City of Cleveland and the passion of Browns fans through the unique international platform the NFL Draft provides," Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam added in a statement. "This is an exceptional opportunity for Northeast Ohio that even extends beyond football."Cleveland was a finalist for the 2019 (awarded to Nashville) and 2020 (Las Vegas) drafts. Denver and Kansas City were also finalists for those drafts, although Denver was not expected to be a contender for any drafts awarded this week.The 2022 draft location has yet to be determined.The 2023 draft in Kansas City will be centered on the Missouri side of downtown, around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
Goodell: NFL action on Hill secondary to child's welfare
Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill remains away from the Kansas City Chiefs as authorities investigate allegations of child abuse, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league has not been in touch with Hill as that process continues."We will not interfere with that," Goodell said Wednesday at league meetings in Florida."The priority is the young child. We will obviously be cooperative with whatever the court wants. We are prepared to go ahead and have an interview whenever we have the permission to do so, and then we'll go ahead and make a determination based on what information we have at that time."Specifically, Goodell said any disciplinary action from the NFL will wait until the investigation concludes.
Report: Chiefs' Mathieu alleged victim in $5M extortion plot
A relative of Tyrann Mathieu has been accused of trying to extort $5 million from the Kansas City Chiefs safety.ESPN reported that Geourvon Keinell Sears, 21, allegedly threatened to reveal personal information to TMZ if he didn't receive the money.Documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana contend Sears demanded $1.5 million from Mathieu in April, then raised the price to $5 million.While the alleged victim of the extortion plot is identified only by initials in court documents, Mathieu's lawyer, Denise White of EAG Sports, confirmed to KMBC 9 in Kansas City that Mathieu was the target. White said Mathieu is working through a "private and personal family issue."Sears is alleged to have told Mathieu's friends that if the money was not paid, he would "kill you all."