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FOX Football Gameday Host

Sparks is the Afternoon Drive host on 101 The FOX and an all-around sports FAN that brings years of Gameday coverage experience! Having talked football with the best of the best from Sports Talk Legends to Vegas Odds Makers he will be the MAN to get your SPARK ignited and make sure you're READY for GAMEDAY!

Sparks

FOX Football Gameday Host

Sparks is the Afternoon Drive host on 101 The FOX and an all-around sports FAN that brings years of Gameday coverage experience! Having talked football with the best of the best from Sports Talk Legends to Vegas Odds Makers he will be the MAN to get your SPARK ignited and make sure you’re READY for GAMEDAY!

Kendall Gammon

Countdown to Kickoff Host

Kendall is a 15-year NFL veteran Pro-Bowl Long Snapper known for his years of broadcasting with 101 The Fox on Gameday. Kendall and the team will discuss what happened, what’s next and what to expect with special guests and expert analysis from around the league as we get ready for kickoff.

Dani Welniak

KCTV5 News Sports Anchor

Dani Welniak is a former pro footballer herself sporting her own Women’s Championship Super Bowl ring. Her experience on the field gives her a strong understanding of gameday strategy. Listen every week as she breaks down the defense and what KC must do to contain the opponents offense.

BJ Kissel

NFL Insider

Every gameday we will check in with Local Sports Expert BJ Kissel to discuss Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, get a College Report from around the country, and go in depth about what the Kansas City Offense and Special Teams need to do on gameday to Run it Back.

Steve Gorman

Rock N Roll Reporter

Every week Zakk will catch up with Former Fox Sports guest broadcaster and Black Crowes Rock N Roll drummer to make their picks for the biggest games of the week.

2021 Pre-Season Schedule

Date                            Opponent                                           Time                          Network

Week 1- TBD              at San Francisco 49ers                       TBD                            KSHB

Friday, Aug. 20           at Arizona Cardinals                           7:00 p.m.                     ESPN

Friday, Aug. 27          Minnesota Vikings                            TBD                            KSHB

2021 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Date                            Opponent                                           Time                           Network

Sunday, Sept. 12       Cleveland Browns                            3:25 p.m.                    CBS

Sunday, Sept. 19        at Baltimore Ravens                           7:20 p.m.                     NBC

Sunday, Sept. 26       Los Angeles Chargers                     12:00 p.m.                  CBS

Sunday, Oct. 3            at Philadelphia Eagles                        12:00 p.m.                  CBS

Sunday, Oct. 10         Buffalo Bills                                       7:20 p.m.                   NBC

Sunday, Oct. 17          at Washington Football Team            12:00 p.m.                   CBS

Sunday, Oct. 24          at Tennessee Titans                           12:00 p.m.                  CBS

Monday, Nov. 1         New York Giants                               7:15 p.m.                    ESPN

Sunday, Nov. 7          Green Bay Packers                           3:25 p.m.                   FOX

Sunday, Nov. 14         at Las Vegas Raiders                         7:20 p.m.                     NBC

Sunday, Nov. 21        Dallas Cowboys                                3:25 p.m.                    FOX

Sunday, Nov. 28        BYE WEEK                                        – – – – –                          – – – – –

Sunday, Dec. 5          Denver Broncos                                12:00 p.m.                  CBS

Sunday, Dec. 12        Las Vegas Raiders                            12:00 p.m.                  CBS

Thursday, Dec. 16      at Los Angeles Chargers                    7:20 p.m.                     FOX/NFLN/AMAZON

Sunday, Dec. 26        Pittsburgh Steelers                           3:25 p.m.                    CBS

Sunday, Jan. 2            at Cincinnati Bengals                          12:00 p.m.                   CBS

Sunday, Jan. 9            at Denver Broncos                              3:25 p.m.                     CBS

 

Local Coverage

TUNE IN ON GAMEDAY

Team coverage on Fox Football Gameday with a 2 Hour Pre-Game Broadcast hosted by Dominic “Zakk” Zaccagnini featuring News around the league, updates on College Sports, Fantasy Football leading up the the Countdown to Kickoff with 810 Sports Radio host Soren Petro with Gameday Audio Highlights courtesy of Westwood One and Sports Radio 810 WHB!

RED REPORTS

101 The FOX Slacker morning Show 

Listen to the Slacker Morning show every week at 7:30am as we check in with WHB Sports Radio 810 host Soren Petro for the Fox Football FRIDAY RED REPORT to get Teed UP for GAMEDAY! Then get the recap of the previous game every Monday with the Fox Football Gameday Wrap-up. PLUS get Slacker’s FOX Fantasy Football Update on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30am with Fantasy Football Guru Adam Copeland.

CHIEFS NEWS

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (back, hips) sits out practice

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce did not participate in practice on Friday, one day after experiencing tightness in his back and hips.

The NFL Network reported the move to keep Kelce from being active at practice is a precaution and not a sign of serious injury.

Kelce, 31, has recorded five straight seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards. He set career-high totals in catches (105) and touchdowns (11) in 2020 while his receiving yards (1,416) served as an NFL record for tight ends.

Kelce has 612 catches for 7,881 yards and 48 touchdowns in 110 career games with the Chiefs.

Report: Free agent DE Alex Okafor re-signing with Chiefs

Free agent defensive end Alex Okafor is returning to the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year contract, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Okafor, 30, played in 21 regular season games (nine starts) and three postseason contests for the Chiefs over the past two seasons, including the Super Bowl LV loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in February.

He tallied 16 tackles, 10 quarterback hits, three sacks and one forced fumble in 11 games in 2020, when he spent time on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Okafor’s career totals include 30 sacks, 192 tackles, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception in 89 games (60 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2013-16), New Orleans Saints (2017-18) and Chiefs.

He was a fourth-round pick by Arizona out of the University of Texas in 2013.

The Chiefs had reportedly pursued free agent pass-rusher Melvin Ingram, who agreed to a one-year deal Monday with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chiefs’ Frank Clark charged with felony possession of assault weapon

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was charged in Los Angeles County with felony possession of an assault weapon on Friday and faces up to three years in prison.

Clark was arrested on March 13 after a traffic stop when officers found a firearm and two loaded guns in the car.

FOX4 in Kansas City reported that Clark will be arraigned on July 14 in Compton, Calif.

The charge on Friday is unrelated to another case against Clark, who was also arrested on June 20 in Los Angeles with a Uzi submachine gun after his car was stopped by police.

Clark is set to appear on Oct. 18 in the June case.

The 28-year-old Clark is entering the third season of a five-year, $104 million deal with the Chiefs. His base salary for 2021 is $18.5 million.

Clark was a Pro Bowler for the second straight season last year. He had 29 tackles and six sacks in 15 games.

He has 14 sacks in two seasons with Kansas City. Clark has 49 overall after posting 35 with the Seattle Seahawks over his first four seasons.

Clark has amassed 202 tackles, 11 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 91 games (59 starts).

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: ‘The toe’s feeling great’

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes provided a promising update on his surgically repaired toe.

Mahomes reiterated Thursday that he feels healthy following an offseason operation. In fact, he was comfortable enough to grab his clubs in preparation for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.

“The toe’s feeling great,” Mahomes told the NFL Network. “I’m out here playing golf, being able to walk around the course. I’ve been running, cutting, jumping, throwing, doing it all. So I’m just excited to get back to training camp and have another chance to make a run at it and win the Super Bowl this year.”

Mahomes, 25, had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they dropped a 31-9 decision to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 7.

Mahomes played through the turf toe injury, which was sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City’s 22-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round on Jan. 17.

Mahomes was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

Mahomes has a 38-8 career regular-season record as a starter in four NFL seasons, all with the Chiefs. Last year, he completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdowns and six interceptions. For his career, he has a 66 percent completion rate with 14,152 passing yards, 114 TD passes and 24 interceptions.

NFL NEWS

Vikings QB Kellen Mond tests positive, Kirk Cousins close contact

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Kellen Mond tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, NFL Network reported, as three of the team’s QBs were out for Saturday’s practice, including starter Kirk Cousins.

Fellow quarterback Nate Stanley also was out of Saturday’s practice, with NFL Network adding that Cousins is a “high-risk close contact.”

The Vikings did release a statement on the situation but did not name specific players.

“Due to the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols, multiple players will be held out of tonight’s practice inside TCO Stadium,” the team said in its statement. “We will share further updates as they become available in the coming days.”

According to NFL rules related to COVID-19, any players or staff who have been vaccinated are not considered high-risk close contact.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer expressed frustration over the team’s predicament.

“That’s why people should get vaccinated,” Zimmer said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Quarterback Jake Browing, who has no NFL experience and was signed to a reserve/future contract in January, was expected to handle all of the reps in practice Saturday. Browning is vaccinated.

“It’s important to be available when you’re playing football in a team sport,” Zimmer said in regard to Browning. “… He’s vaccinated. That helps to be the backup.”

Reports: Browns reach 3-year extension with RB Nick Chubb

The Cleveland Browns and two-time Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb reached an agreement on a three-year, $36.6 million extension, ESPN and NFL Network reported Saturday.

Chubb, 25, gets $30 million in guaranteed money, per the reports. The deal keeps Chubb under contract with the Browns through the 2024 season.

Chubb has rushed for 3,557 yards in 44 games (37 starts) to go with 28 touchdowns in Cleveland since the Browns drafted him in the second round of the 2018 draft out of Georgia.

He rushed for 1,067 yards last season despite missing four games with an MCL sprain. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons.

He was four rushing yards shy of 1,000 in his rookie campaign. He’s also caught 72 balls for 577 yards and two touchdowns out of the backfield.

Agent: Devonta Freeman agrees to deal with Saints

Running back Devonta Freeman agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, his agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Saturday.

The decision came quickly after Freeman and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon worked out for the club earlier in the day.

Freeman, 29, was a college teammate of Saints quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State.

The Saints’ backfield is led by four-time Pro Bowl selection Alvin Kamara, who set career highs in rushing yards (932), receptions (83), all-purpose yards (1,688) and total touchdowns (21) in 2020.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Freeman was signed by the New York Giants in 2020 after a season-ending injury to Saquon Barkley in Week 1. He played in just five games because of hamstring and ankle injuries and COVID-19 before being released in January.

Freeman was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad during the playoffs. He did not play in a game.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Freeman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 77 games with the Falcons, he gained 3,972 yards and scored 32 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Giants star LB Blake Martinez removed from COVID-19 list

New York Giants star linebacker Blake Martinez was removed from the COVID-19 list on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Martinez was placed on the list on Tuesday.

“Blake is back with us in the building today, he’s his normal self, smiling ear to ear, happy to be with the team,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “He’s always a lot of fun to have around, he’s always got a good comment, but definitely a guy who communicates a lot in the meetings, so that’s been beneficial having him back already.

“In terms of where he’ll be on the field with us, the plan right away is to get him with the trainers and continue his kind of ramp up and build him back physically. When we know he’s ready to go, we’ll get him back on the field.”

Martinez recorded 151 tackles last season — ranking third in the NFL — in his first campaign with the Giants. He is one of New York’s team captains.

Martinez played his first four NFL seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He has accumulated more than 140 tackles in each of the past four seasons — three of those campaigns were with Green Bay.

CHIEFS NEWS

NFL NEWS

Vikings QB Kellen Mond tests positive, Kirk Cousins close contact

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Kellen Mond tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, NFL Network reported, as three of the team’s QBs were out for Saturday’s practice, including starter Kirk Cousins.

Fellow quarterback Nate Stanley also was out of Saturday’s practice, with NFL Network adding that Cousins is a “high-risk close contact.”

The Vikings did release a statement on the situation but did not name specific players.

“Due to the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols, multiple players will be held out of tonight’s practice inside TCO Stadium,” the team said in its statement. “We will share further updates as they become available in the coming days.”

According to NFL rules related to COVID-19, any players or staff who have been vaccinated are not considered high-risk close contact.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer expressed frustration over the team’s predicament.

“That’s why people should get vaccinated,” Zimmer said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Quarterback Jake Browing, who has no NFL experience and was signed to a reserve/future contract in January, was expected to handle all of the reps in practice Saturday. Browning is vaccinated.

“It’s important to be available when you’re playing football in a team sport,” Zimmer said in regard to Browning. “… He’s vaccinated. That helps to be the backup.”

Reports: Browns reach 3-year extension with RB Nick Chubb

The Cleveland Browns and two-time Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb reached an agreement on a three-year, $36.6 million extension, ESPN and NFL Network reported Saturday.

Chubb, 25, gets $30 million in guaranteed money, per the reports. The deal keeps Chubb under contract with the Browns through the 2024 season.

Chubb has rushed for 3,557 yards in 44 games (37 starts) to go with 28 touchdowns in Cleveland since the Browns drafted him in the second round of the 2018 draft out of Georgia.

He rushed for 1,067 yards last season despite missing four games with an MCL sprain. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons.

He was four rushing yards shy of 1,000 in his rookie campaign. He’s also caught 72 balls for 577 yards and two touchdowns out of the backfield.

Agent: Devonta Freeman agrees to deal with Saints

Running back Devonta Freeman agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, his agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Saturday.

The decision came quickly after Freeman and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon worked out for the club earlier in the day.

Freeman, 29, was a college teammate of Saints quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State.

The Saints’ backfield is led by four-time Pro Bowl selection Alvin Kamara, who set career highs in rushing yards (932), receptions (83), all-purpose yards (1,688) and total touchdowns (21) in 2020.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Freeman was signed by the New York Giants in 2020 after a season-ending injury to Saquon Barkley in Week 1. He played in just five games because of hamstring and ankle injuries and COVID-19 before being released in January.

Freeman was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad during the playoffs. He did not play in a game.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Freeman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 77 games with the Falcons, he gained 3,972 yards and scored 32 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Giants star LB Blake Martinez removed from COVID-19 list

New York Giants star linebacker Blake Martinez was removed from the COVID-19 list on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Martinez was placed on the list on Tuesday.

“Blake is back with us in the building today, he’s his normal self, smiling ear to ear, happy to be with the team,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “He’s always a lot of fun to have around, he’s always got a good comment, but definitely a guy who communicates a lot in the meetings, so that’s been beneficial having him back already.

“In terms of where he’ll be on the field with us, the plan right away is to get him with the trainers and continue his kind of ramp up and build him back physically. When we know he’s ready to go, we’ll get him back on the field.”

Martinez recorded 151 tackles last season — ranking third in the NFL — in his first campaign with the Giants. He is one of New York’s team captains.

Martinez played his first four NFL seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He has accumulated more than 140 tackles in each of the past four seasons — three of those campaigns were with Green Bay.