Chiefs WR Hill no longer in sling
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is out of a sling this week, sparking speculation that he could be ready to return from a right clavicle injury before the original 6-8 week estimate.Hill came away with a clavicle injury in a Week 1 victory at Jacksonville, keeping him out of Sunday's victory over the Oakland Raiders. He will not play in this weekend's home game against the Baltimore Ravens.It is unknown if Hill can return for a Week 4 game at Detroit, but the sight of him dribbling a basketball with both hands at the Chiefs' facility this week, reported by ESPN, has raised the question of an early return.
Jackson, Mahomes do battle as Ravens visit Chiefs
Plentiful reasons exist for Patrick Mahomes to think he's a trendsetting NFL quarterback. After all, he is the reigning MVP following his first season as a starter.Yet Mahomes remains humble as he leads the Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) into a home matchup on Sunday against another young phenom among NFL quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens (2-0).Could a pattern be emerging to try to emulate the flashy substance Mahomes brings?"I don't think it's necessarily my success but the success of the offense in general,'' Mahomes said. "As coaches (adopted) Air Raid spread offenses and intertwined that with NFL offenses of old, it's kind of helping other guys come into the league and have their opportunities.''Jackson dazzled the first two weeks, throwing for 324 yards and five touchdowns in an opening romp over Miami before rushing for 120 yards and throwing for 272 last week against Arizona.With a potent mix of RPOs, Jackson can help Baltimore control the clock and keep the electric Mahomes from possessing the football."That's not my job. My job is to score touchdowns, drive the ball downfield,'' Jackson countered. "I'm not really worried about him. My job is to worry about my team, my side of the ball, offense, scoring points.''Nonetheless, comparisons will be drawn between the two young quarterbacks, particularly since Mahomes was not even voted among the top-10 for the Heisman Trophy in his last season (2016) at Texas Tech. That was the year Jackson won the Heisman while at Louisville.Mahomes did go 10th in the 2017 draft after the Chiefs moved up 17 spots to snag him.Among his eye-popping highlights a year ago was a 48-yard heave on fourth-and-9 to Tyreek Hill to help the Chiefs overtake the Ravens in a 27-24 overtime outcome.
Chiefs LT Fisher set for core muscle surgery
Kansas City Chiefs starting left tackle Eric Fisher is scheduled for surgery Thursday for a core muscle injury, the team announced Wednesday.Fisher suffered the injury Friday in practice, was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders and played only the first series before leaving the game. Cam Erving came in as his replacement.Fisher, 28, underwent further testing and was set for surgery in Philadelphia with Dr. William Meyers. There was no immediate timetable for Fisher's return.
Chiefs RB McCoy's MRI shows 'no significant' ankle injury
An MRI exam on LeSean McCoy's ankle showed the Kansas City Chiefs running back sustained "no significant damage," NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday.The 31-year-old veteran suffered the injury late in Kansas City's 28-10 victory Sunday at Oakland. He was ineffective against the Raiders, rushing 11 times for 23 yards and catching three passes for no gain.McCoy rushed 10 times for 81 yards and caught a 12-yard pass during the season-opening 40-26 victory at Jacksonville.
Report: Chiefs RB McCoy (ankle) to have MRI
Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy will have an MRI on his ankle Monday, per NFL Network.The 31-year-old veteran suffered the injury late in Kansas City's 28-10 victory Sunday at Oakland.McCoy was ineffective against the Raiders, rushing 11 times for 23 yards and catching three passes for no gain.
Mahomes' big second quarter propels Chiefs past Raiders
Patrick Mahomes tossed four touchdowns in the second quarter and passed for 443 yards Sunday to lead the visiting Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-10 victory against the Oakland Raiders.In what was considered the last NFL game to be played on a dirt infield, Kansas City (2-0) collected its 22nd win in its last 24 games against AFC West rivals. Oakland (1-1) is planning to move to Las Vegas next season and is not scheduled to play at home again until November.It was Mahomes' second career 400-yard game in 19 regular-season starts and the 11th time he topped 300 yards. He completed 30 of 44 passes with no interceptions.Demarcus Robinson led the explosive Chiefs receivers with six catches for 172 yards and two scores. Tight end Travis Kelce added 107 yards and a touchdown on seven grabs.Kansas City used two third-quarter interceptions of Derek Carr to blunt any comeback bid. The first pick, by cornerback Bashaud Breeland, came in the end zone after the Raiders had driven to the 4.Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs gained 99 yards on 12 carries to lead all rushers.The Chiefs failed to score in the first quarter for the first time in 23 games, enabling the Raiders to gain a 10-0 lead after scoring on their first two possessions.The scoreless period only seemed to irritate Mahomes. He fired for 278 yards and four touchdowns in the second quarter, igniting Kansas City to a 28-10 halftime margin.
Chiefs QB Mahomes (ankle) practices
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes participated in practice Wednesday, three days after injuring his left ankle in the team's season opener."Right now, he feels pretty good," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, via TheAthletic.com.Mahomes sustained the injury in Sunday's 40-26 win over Jacksonville after getting sacked by defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. The reigning NFL MVP didn't miss a play as he was able to have his ankle taped while emotions boiled over between the teams, with the fracas resulting in the ejection of Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack.
Rival Chiefs set for last visit to Oakland
One of the classic rivalries spawned by the 1960 formation of the American Football League will be losing one of its treasured homes after this season.With the Oakland Raiders expected to move to Las Vegas in 2020, a little something will be lost from television clips of yesteryear against the Kansas City Chiefs."It was back during the Len Dawson era, when football was on in black and white," said Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, referencing the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl IV. "So that's a long history of the rivalry. It used to be called 'hate week.' I don't think we should push it that far, but we know what we got coming."Add that extra motivational nugget to a Sunday matchup that finds the longtime AFC West rivals squaring off in Oakland, Calif.Each triumphed in their openers. The Raiders even got a leg up in the division by overcoming the release of troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown to trip the Denver Broncos on Monday night.The win enabled Oakland coach Jon Gruden to share a perspective that still sounds rather implausible."We haven't had any distractions this year, really," Gruden said Wednesday.Can the Chiefs provide one? Well, they have won eight of their last nine against the Raiders, which factors into the 21 wins Kansas City has recorded in its past 23 division matchups.Looking for a fourth consecutive AFC West title behind reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs exude supreme confidence. Enough that coach Andy Reid did not make much out of what could be the franchise's last trip to Oakland."The bathrooms flooded last year, won't miss that," Reid said.Neither the Chiefs nor the remainder of the NFL got to face Brown in silver and black, as the wideout's bizarre Steelers-Raiders-Patriots saga continues.
Reports: Chiefs WR Hill avoids IR, could miss 4-6 weeks
Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will be on the sideline for a month or more, but Kansas City's Pro Bowl deep threat avoided being placed on injured reserve.According to multiple reports, Hill won't be allowed to do football activities for about a month and could miss six weeks. Official word from Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder is expected Wednesday.Hill was slammed to the turf near the sideline by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the first quarter on Sunday and did not return to the Chiefs' 40-26 victory.Burkholder said after the game that Hill was under the care of an ortho-trauma team in Jacksonville and added the team would provide a detailed update on his condition in "a day or two."
Report: Chiefs WR Hill avoids surgery
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill could miss several weeks with a sternoclavicular joint injury but surgery is not necessary.The Chiefs ruled out surgery on Sunday night. Hill was taken to Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville for further testing on what the Chiefs described as a "medical issue" because of the posterior nature of the injury.Hill was slammed to the turf near the sideline by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the first quarter and did not return to the Chiefs' 40-26 victory.Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said Sunday night that Hill was under the care of an ortho-trauma team in Jacksonville and added the team would provide a detailed update on his condition in "a day or two."
Chiefs WR Hill hospitalized with shoulder injury
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was carted off the field in the first quarter of Sunday's 40-26 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with a shoulder injury and didn't return.Hill's injury was severe enough for him to be sent to a Jacksonville-area hospital and be treated by the trauma department, the Chiefs said.Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder called it a sternal clavicular joint injury, where the clavicle pushes into the sternum. He added that Hill was being treated at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville "to reduce the dislocation of the injury.""That transport is under the care of an ortho-trauma physician now," Burkholder said. "We'll give you an update in the next day or two."Hill, who had two catches for 16 yards, was injured on the second reception after being tackled by Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey.Hill was one of two 1,000-yard receivers for the Chiefs a year ago, joining tight end Travis Kelce.
Mahomes, Watkins help Chiefs race past Jaguars
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player, passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs toppled the host Jacksonville Jaguars 40-26 on a sultry Sunday afternoon.Playing on a heavily-wrapped left ankle he sprained in the first quarter, Mahomes drove Kansas City (1-0) to scores on each of its first seven possessions while going 25 of 33 with no interceptions.His favorite target was Sammy Watkins, who snagged nine receptions for 198 yards and scored on all three of Mahomes' touchdown passes.Watkins enabled Kansas City to overcome the loss of Tyreek Hill, who signed a three-year contract extension late last week but left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. The Chiefs' offensive line also helped Mahomes as it did not allow a sack.LeSean McCoy, who was signed by Kansas City after his release from Buffalo, gained 81 yards on 10 attempts to pace the Chiefs rushers.After acquiring Nick Foles in the offseason, Jacksonville (0-1) lost its new quarterback to a first-quarter shoulder injury.Washington State rookie Gardner Minshew II entered and completed his first 13 attempts, finishing 22 of 25 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His first NFL touchdown pass came on a 15-yarder to Dede Westbrook with 7:32 remaining in the fourth quarter, and he added a 21-yard score to Chris Conley.Leonard Fournette had 66 yards on 13 carries. The Jaguars, however, committed 10 penalties for 71 yards.
Jaguars QB Foles, Chiefs WR Hill depart with shoulder injuries
Jacksonville starting quarterback Nick Foles was knocked out of the Jaguars' game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs with an injury to his left shoulder. Foles was taken in for X-rays and it was declared he would not return.Foles, starting for the Jaguars for the first time after earning Super Bowl MVP honors with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in his career, was hurt on a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark with 5:23 remaining in the first quarter.Foles was 5-of-8 passing for 75 yards before departing.Washington State rookie Gardner Minshew II replaced Foles.
Chiefs' Nnadi named NFLPA's first Community MVP
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi was named the first recipient of the NFLPA Community MVP award on Friday.Nnadi recently provided a shopping spree for a victim's family following a mass shooting in May in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. He also hosted two back-to-school events for kids in Kansas City and Southeast Virginia."As my father says, 'As Nnadis, we don't receive, we give,'" the 23-year-old Nnadi said in a release from the NFLPA. "It was very fulfilling to help some special people get ready for the school year ahead."The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes league players who are making a positive impact in their local communities.
Chiefs sign WR Hill to three-year, $54M extension
The Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver Tyreek Hill to a contract extension on Friday, two days before the regular season begins.The Chiefs did not disclose the terms of the deal, however multiple outlets reported that it was a three-year, $54 million extension with $35 million guaranteed."We're pleased we were able to reach an agreement with Tyreek to keep him in a Chiefs uniform for the foreseeable future," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. "He understands our expectations of him as a member of this team and community. This extension is contingent upon the conditions Tyreek agreed to adhere to upon his return to the team in July."Tyreek is an elite player in this league and has played a major role in our team's success, and we're pleased that he'll continue to make an impact for us."The deal, which makes Hill one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the league, comes after an offseason in which the police investigated allegations of child abuse after Hill's 3-year-old son sustained a broken arm.The NFL ruled that since the police investigation did not find enough evidence to charge Hill, he wouldn't be punished or suspended by the league.
Chiefs have Super Bowl aspirations as they open vs. Jaguars
Expectations for a dazzling encore to last season do not seem to faze the Kansas City Chiefs.Nor does the overtime loss in the AFC Championship Game, where the New England Patriots won the coin toss, scored a touchdown and kept the NFL's MVP, Patrick Mahomes, from touching the football in the extra frame."There's no hangover from that. Every year is a different year in this league," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.If different is eventually defined as more explosive for Kansas City, it should again contend for a berth in the Super Bowl, a game the Chiefs last played in 50 seasons ago when they downed the Minnesota Vikings.That quest begins Sunday when Kansas City visits Jacksonville. The Jaguars could present a stiff defensive challenge after adding rookie Josh Allen as an edge rusher to add to a talented defensive front.Nonetheless, Mahomes, who begins his second year as a starter, is surrounded by his favorite targets in tight end Travis Kelce (103 receptions for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (87 for 1,479 and 12 scores).The Chiefs, who reported no new injuries going into the opener, boosted their offensive talent with the acquisition of LeSean McCoy after the veteran running back was recently released by the Buffalo Bills.McCoy could play sparingly against the Jaguars, however, so he is not put in a "bad spot," Reid said. That leaves Damien Williams to get the bulk of the carries after the journeyman excelled late last season as both a rusher and receiver."At every single position, I feel like we're three to four deep," said Mahomes.Except quarterback, of course, where Matt Moore was signed as a backup after it was determined Chad Henne needed ankle surgery.During Mahomes' record-setting debut as a starter, the No. 10 overall selection in the 2017 draft joined Peyton Manning (2013) as the only players in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season.
Exclusive: Aaron Rodgers has new MVP 'Mahomie' in State Farm ads
Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers on the same team?State Farm will release a new series of commercials -- three, 30-second spots -- two of which bring reigning NFL MVP Mahomes into the player-agent spat between Rodgers and his make-believe player rep Gabe Gabriel. The spots are a continuation of the plotline established in the 2018 ads which also includes a State Farm agent Rodgers won't leave home without.Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers open the season Thursday against the Chicago Bears, the opening game of the 2019 regular season and the kickoff of NFL 100, a yearlong celebration of the history of football and its contributors. The Kansas City Chiefs open Sunday in Jacksonville.Rodgers, a two-time MVP, and Mahomes will be featured in State Farm's "Tables Have Turned" ad Thursday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8qjkcihNCU&feature=youtu.be). In the spot, the ever-envious Gabriel attempts to make Rodgers jealous by introducing his hotshot client, Mahomes.Rodgers, 35, and Mahomes, 23, greet one another and announce "We're friends.""I'm pumped to be working with State Farm and Aaron," Mahomes said of the new TV spots.State Farm has utilized Rodgers' Green Bay teammates in past commercials, including fly-swatting linebacker Clay Matthews and 337-pound defensive lineman B.J. Raji. In their NBA campaign, State Farm teamed former Houston Rockets teammates Chris Paul and James Harden. Paul was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason.
Chiefs overtake Patriots as Super Bowl favorite
New England is now the runner-up to the Kansas City Chiefs in updated Super Bowl odds at Westgate's Superbook in Las Vegas.The defending champion Patriots (6-1), who defeated the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Championship, are a close second to claim the Super Bowl in Miami in February 2020. Kansas City is 5-1.Several books are still running with New England as the Lombardi Trophy best bet. Many of them put Bill Belichick's bunch narrowly ahead of the Chiefs, including PointsBet, Fan Duel and DraftKings.PointsBet has taken more than half of its Super Bowl bets on Cleveland."We get absolutely throttled if [the Browns] win the Super Bowl," said Matthew Chaprales, head of content for PointsBet, told ESPN. "It's the biggest liability on the books since we came online in the U.S., and, frankly, it's not even close."
Chiefs' Reid on RB McCoy: 'He still has the great feet'
Andy Reid coached the younger version of LeSean McCoy over four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Kansas City Chiefs coach likes what he sees of the older version, too."There are not a lot of 31-year-old running backs running around out there,'' Reid told reporters on Monday. "But he still has the great feet and the vision.''The Buffalo Bills released the six-time Pro Bowl back on Saturday, and Kansas City quickly snapped him up. McCoy agreed to a one-year deal for $3 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.The Chiefs open the season on Sunday at Jacksonville, and Reid said he expects McCoy to see action behind starter Damien Williams."He knows what to expect,'' Reid said of McCoy. "I've been very honest with him about Damien and how good of a football player he is. I think it's a great situation for both of them and for the team. For where he's at in his career, you're talking about potentially a future Hall of Famer with the numbers and stats he's put together here. Here he has an opportunity to come to what potentially is a good football team as we go forward and be a part of that.''Reid said McCoy's only limitation will be how long it takes him to become familiar with the Chiefs' playbook.
Reports: Cut McCoy to join Chiefs
Running back LeSean McCoy will reportedly sign with the Kansas City Chiefs after being released by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.McCoy will join Kansas City on a one-year deal for $3 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports. The move reunites him with head coach Andy Reid, whom he played for while beginning his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.McCoy, 31, gained the fewest yards of his 10-year career in 2018, rushing for 514 yards and averaging 3.2 yards per carry."We made a tough decision today, but felt that it was the right time to release LeSean McCoy," Bills general manager Brandon Beane said. "I have nothing but great things to say about LeSean and we truly wish him the best."McCoy spent the past four seasons in Buffalo after six with the Eagles. For his career, he has 10,606 yards and 69 rushing touchdowns in 147 games.The six-time Pro Bowl selection led the NFL with a career-high 1,607 rushing yards in 2013, one of his six 1,000-yard seasons.