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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.
FOX Football Gameday Host

Sparks, of the Sparks & Lux morning show on 101 The FOX, and an all-around sports FAN, 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, of the Sparks & Lux morning show on 101 The FOX, and an all-around sports FAN, 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!

Marleah Campbell

KCTV5 Sports Reporter

Marleah Campbell is a reporter for KCTV5 and host for KC Sports Network. She has covered EVERYTHING from Super Bowl LIV to the Jayhawks’ national title run. A Lenexa-native and Shawnee Mission West alum, she’s called KC home her entire life and is excited to continue her Chiefs coverage with the team at 101 The FOX!

BJ Kissel

KCSN NFL Insider

Every gameday we will check in with Local Sports Expert BJ Kissel to discuss Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, and go in depth about what the Kansas City Offense and Special Teams need to do on gameday. Check out his KC Sports Network Podcast for more weekly updates!

Steve Gorman

Rock N Roll Reporter

Every week we 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.

2023 Schedule

PRESEASON    
Week 1 8/13 at New Orleans Saints 12:00 p.m. KSHB    
Week 2 8/19 at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 p.m. KSHB    
Week 3 8/26 Cleveland Browns 12:00 p.m. KSHB    
REGULAR SEASON    
Week 1 9/7         Detroit Lions                               7:20 pm NBC    
Week 2 9/17        at Jacksonville Jaguars                 7:15 pm CBS    
Week 3 9/24        Chicago Bears                           3:25 pm FOX    
Week 4 10/1        at New York Jets                          7:20 pm NBC    
Week 5 10/8        at Minnesota Vikings                    7:15 pm CBS    
Week 6 10/12      Denver Broncos                         7:15 pm Prime Video    
Week 7 10/22      Los Angeles Chargers               3:25 pm CBS    
Week 8 10/29      at Denver Broncos                        3:25 pm CBS    
Week 9 11/5        Miami Dolphins (Germany)        8:30 am NFL NET    
Week 10 BYE WEEK      
Week 11 11/20      Philadelphia Eagles                    7:15 pm ESPN on ABC    
Week 12 11/26      at Las Vegas Raiders                  3:25 pm CBS    
Week 13 12/3       at Green Bay Packers                  7:20 pm NBC    
Week 14 12/10      Buffalo Bills                               3:25 pm CBS    
Week 15 12/18      at New England Patriots              7:15 pm ESPN    
Week 16 12/25      Las Vegas Raiders                  12:00 pm CBS    
Week 17 12/31      Cincinnati Bengals                    3:25 pm CBS    
Week 18 1/7          at Los Angeles Chargers                   TBD TBD    
  Home games listed in bold        
All times are listed in central time. Find tickets at chiefs.com/tickets

 

2021 Schedule
PRESEASON
W 19 – 16 8/20 at San Francisco 49ers 7:30pm KSHB
W 17 – 10 8/20 at Arizona Cardinals 7:00pm ESPN
W 28 – 25 8/27 vs Minnesota Vikings 7:00pm KSHB
REGULAR SEASON
Week 1 9/12 vs Cleveland Browns                       3:25pm                 CBS
Week 2 9/19 at Baltimore Ravens                         7:20pm                    NBC
Week 3 9/26 vs Los Angeles Chargers                  Noon                    CBS
Week 4 10/3 at Philadelphia Eagles                       Noon                       CBS
Week 5 10/10 vs Buffalo Bills                                   7:20pm                 NBC
Week 6 10/17 at Washington Football Team            Noon                       CBS
Week 7 10/24 at Tennessee Titans                           Noon                       CBS
Week 8 11/1 vs New York Giants                            7:15pm                 ESPN
Week 9 11/7 vs Green Bay Packers                       3:25pm                  FOX
Week 10 11/14 at Las Vegas Raiders                         7:20pm                     NBC
Week 11 11/21 vs Dallas Cowboys                             3:25pm                  FOX
Week 12 /// BYE WEEK                                            ///                            ///
Week 13 12/5 vs Denver Broncos                             Noon                      CBS
Week 14 12/12 vs Las Vegas Raiders                         Noon                      CBS
Week 15 12/16 at Los Angeles Chargers                    7:20pm        FOX/NFLN/AMAZON
Week 16 12/26 vs Pittsburgh Steelers                        3:25pm                  CBS
Week 17 1/2 at Cincinnati Bengals                           Noon                       CBS
Week 18 1/9 at Denver Broncos                             3:25pm                      CBS

Local Coverage

TUNE IN ON GAMEDAY

Join us on Gameday for team coverage on Fox Football Gameday with a 3 Hour Pre-Game Broadcast hosted by Fox afternoon Drive Host Sparks. Get all the News around the league, updates on College Sports, Fantasy Football and more! All leading up the the Countdown to Kickoff with with our Gameday experts Kendall Gammon, Dani Welniak, and BJ Kissel!

RED REPORTS

101 The FOX Slacker morning Show 

Listen to the Slacker Morning show every week at 7:30am as we check in with BJ Kissel for a 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.

101 THE FOX FOOTBALL GAMEDAY

CHIEFS NEWS

NFL NEWS

Chiefs S Justin Reid out with right quad injury

Kansas City Chiefs safety Justin Reid is listed as day-to-day with a right quad injury as training camp begins, coach Andy Reid said Sunday.

Justin Reid is on the team’s non-football injury list after sustaining the injury between OTAs and the beginning of camp, the coach said. Justin Reid wore a sleeve on his right knee during the team’s first full-squad practice on Sunday.

The safety played four seasons with the Houston Texans, who drafted him in the third round of the 2018 draft. Since signing a three-year contract worth $31.5 million with the Chiefs in March 2022, Justin Reid has amassed 178 tackles and 14 pass deflections with one interception during Kansas City’s march to back-to-back Super Bowls victories.

The Chiefs open the season with a Thursday night game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 5. It will be a rematch of last season’s AFC title game.

Shaquil Barrett to retire, had signed with Dolphins

Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shaquil Barrett retired Saturday, four months after the 31-year-old signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent.

“It’s been a great ride and I appreciate everything that came with it over the years,” Barrett wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m ready to shift my full focus to my wife and kids and helping them realize (their) dreams.”

Barrett also wrote that he had considered retirement “for a while” and added that the decision “has never been more clear than it is now.”

On April 30, 2023, Barrett’s 2-year-old daughter drowned in the family pool at his home in Tampa, Fla.

Despite being undrafted out of Colorado State in 2014, Barrett made two Pro Bowls and played in 131 games (85 starts) across nine NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos (2014-18) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019-23).

He tallied 400 tackles (73 for loss), 59 sacks, 22 forced fumbles and three interceptions over his career.

Barrett’s best season came with the Buccaneers in 2019, when he led the NFL with 19.5 sacks and was named to his first Pro Bowl. His 10-sack season in 2021 earned him another Pro Bowl nod.

Barrett won two Super Bowls, one with the Broncos as a rookie in 2015 and the other with Tampa Bay in 2020.

He started 16 games for the Buccaneers in 2023, notching 52 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.

Barrett signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Dolphins in March.

Saints, WR Shahid Rasheed agree to 1-year extension

New Orleans Saints wide receiver and All-Pro returner Rashid Shaheed has agreed to a one-year, $5.2 million contract extension with the team, ESPN reported Saturday.

Shaheed, 25, was also named to the Pro Bowl last season after averaging 13.6 yards on punt returns and 21.3 yards on kickoffs. An undrafted free agent whom New Orleans signed out of Weber State in 2022, Shaheed also racked up 719 yards and five touchdowns on 46 receptions in 2023.

The extension applies to the 2025 season, after the Saints tendered him a $985,000 contract for 2024.

In 27 games, including 14 starts, over his first two seasons, Shaheed has amassed 74 receptions for 1,207 yards and seven scores. He also returned a punt for a touchdown last season.

The Saints listed Shaheed as a starting receiver on their 2023 season-ending depth chart, along with Chris Olave.

The Saints placed Olave on the non-football injury list on Friday.

Jaguars place DL Arik Armstead on PUP list

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed defensive lineman Arik Armstead on the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday.

Armstead, 30, is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He missed five games last season with foot and knee injuries before returning to help the San Francisco 49ers advance to Super Bowl LVIII.

Armstead signed a three-year, $43.5 million contract with Jacksonville on March 14, a day after being released by the 49ers.

He recorded five sacks in 12 starts during the 2023 regular season. He has 33.5 sacks, 88 quarterback hits and 302 tackles in 116 career games (97 starts) since being selected by San Francisco with the 17th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

RB Kenyan Drake retires after eight NFL seasons

Running back Kenyan Drake announced his retirement after eight NFL seasons Friday on Instagram.

Drake, 30, gained 5,521 yards from scrimmage and scored 41 touchdowns in 104 games with five teams.

“It’s been an incredible ride,” Drake posted. “… Ready to enjoy a little retirement and see where the next chapter takes me. Thanks to everyone that was along for the ride with me — wouldn’t change a thing.”

Drake was limited to two games with the Baltimore Ravens and one with the Green Bay Packers last season.

The Miami Dolphins drafted him in the third round (73rd overall) out of Alabama in 2016.

Drake played a role in one of the most memorable plays in NFL history with the Dolphins in a clash against the visiting New England Patriots on Dec. 9, 2018.

With Miami trailing New England 33-28 in the closing seconds, Drake took a lateral from Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker and raced 50 yards to the end zone as time expired to give Miami an improbable 34-33 win.

Drake rushed for 3,866 yards and 33 touchdowns and had 218 catches for 1,655 yards and eight scores in 104 games (44 starts) with the Dolphins (2016-19), Arizona Cardinals (2019-20), Las Vegas Raiders (2021), Ravens (2022-23) and Packers.

Report: Ravens sign S Eddie Jackson to one-year contract

Two-time Pro-Bowl safety Eddie Jackson agreed to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, ESPN reported on Friday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Jackson, who played at Alabama with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey and running back Derrick Henry. Jackson will provide depth to a safety room that features Marcus Williams and Kyle Hamilton, among others.

Jackson, 30, was released by the Chicago Bears in February after seven seasons with the team, although his last two campaigns have been hampered by foot injuries.

Jackson recorded 37 tackles and one interception in 12 games (all starts) last season. He racked up 459 tackles, 15 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 100 career games (all starts) since being selected by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Named first-team All-Pro in 2018 and to the Pro Bowl in 2018 and 2019, Jackson’s six defensive touchdowns tied him with Lance Briggs for third in Bears history, behind only Charles Tillman (nine) and Mike Brown (seven).

Arizona Cardinals training camp capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-13)

OPEN CAMP: July 23, Glendale, Ariz.

LAST YEAR: When Kyler Murray walked back into the huddle following recovery from a torn ACL, the Arizona Cardinals went from nail to hammer — at least in mindset. The presence of the franchise quarterback, who missed the first nine games of the season, completed the vision of head coach Jonathan Gannon and peers fed off of Murray’s playmaking ability, confidence and energy. First-round pick Paris Johnson, the first offensive tackle drafted in 2023, had a rough start and didn’t grade above the middle of the pack in any area last season. With big changes on both sides of the ball — eight picks in the top 104 in the 2024 draft — the Cardinals are eager to compete with a young roster building toward contention.

KEY ADDITIONS: RB Trey Benson, C Evan Brown, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, RB DeeJay Dallas, WR Marvin Harrison Jr., WR Zay Jones, CB Max Melton, DT Bilal Nichols, TE Tip Reiman, DL Darius Robinson

KEY LOSSES: WR Marquise Brown, DL Leki Fotu, OT D.J. Humphries, WR Rondale Moore

CAMP CHECKLIST: Murray and Harrison already are the talk of the team. Harrison is the weapon the offense lacked last season, although Brown had his moments before Murray returned from injury. No doubt, Harrison is going to be one of the top targets in the Cardinals’ offense along with breakout TE Trey McBride. But will Murray hand the ball off to rookie Trey Benson or James Conner? There’s a timeshare expected, but even Conner said the offense can work best when it has a pecking order in the backfield.

2024 EXPECTATIONS: Fixing the defense sets up as a must in the loaded NFC West. Gannon’s group was inconsistent and rarely generated enough pressure on the quarterback to finish last season with 33 total sacks while giving up 26.8 points per game. Arizona had five losses in one-possession games, including the 21-20 season finale against the Seahawks.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE:

vs. New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 10

at Indianapolis Colts, 7 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 17

at Denver Broncos, 4:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, Aug. 25

Chiefs president in talks with Kansas, Missouri about stadium plans

Chiefs president Mark Donovan kept the door open to moving the team over the border to Kansas if a new stadium in Missouri continues to meet resistance.

“Every option is on the table,” Donovan said of the Chiefs’ approach to planning for a new stadium.

The Chiefs are committed to home games at Arrowhead Stadium through the 2030 season and have an agreement with Jackson County (Mo.) into 2031.

Donovan said the proposal from the state of Kansas using STAR bonds to finance a new stadium is “a really good option,” and wants to determine a direction for the franchise by the end of the season.

“What makes the most sense for our fans? What makes the most sense for our franchise and this organization? What makes the most sense and can have the biggest impact on this region? I think the positive is we do have options and we’ll consider those,” Donovan said Friday at a press conference marking the start of training game.

“This is a generational decision. This is going to impact the future of this franchise for generations. We got to get it right.”

Donovan said one year ago at the start of training camp that he envisioned “three realistic options” for a new stadium. In February, Donovan and Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt revealed a design plan dubbed “Arrowhead Reimagined,” and $800 million renovation and upgrade mission.

Jackson County rejected an April ballot proposal that would’ve partially funded a new stadium for the Royals in downtown Kansas City and provided funds for the Arrowhead renovation. At present, the Royals’ home park — Kauffman Stadium — and Arrowhead Stadium sit side-by-side separated by a parking lot.

If another measure heads to the ballot this year or next, Donovan wants to have assurances from the state and county about contributions and commitments to keep the franchise.

“We have committed that if we go to a public vote, we’ll do it in a way which is much more binding before we get to development,” Donovan said. “We’ll have a lot facts, a lot of the details determined before we go. I think it’s important to acknowledge that because we’d have to have agreements on the state side, as well as on the county side.”

Reports: Vikings, QB J.J. McCarthy agree to 4-year deal

The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback J.J. McCarthy have agreed to a four-year, $21.85 million contract, two days before rookies are set to report to camp in Eagan, Minn., multiple outlets reported Friday.

Per ESPN, the contract is fully guaranteed and includes a $12.71 million signing bonus and option for a fifth year.

McCarthy was the No. 10 overall pick in April’s draft after leading Michigan to the national championship. He is expected to compete with veteran Sam Darnold for the starting job, though coach Kevin O’Connell has said the Vikings will not rush McCarthy into action before he’s ready.

Before McCarthy assumes the starting job, O’Connell told ESPN the 21-year-old must demonstrate “the comfort level that he has within our offense and his ability to then translate it to adverse situations and difficult aspects of playing quarterback in the NFL aren’t magnified by inexperience” before he takes the reins.

“But I want to be very clear that the expectation is for this player to not be perfect,” O’Connell said. “He’s going to have growing pains, he’s going to learn on the fly. I’m not trying to remove that aspect of it, either, but [deciding when he will play] is not something you can write up on a board. It’s a feeling.”

The Vikings are replacing veteran Kirk Cousins, who signed as a free agent in the offseason with the Atlanta Falcons. He had a 50-37-1 record as the Minnesota starter the past six seasons.

Minnesota opens the 2024 season on Sept. 8 against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.

Bears QB Caleb Williams to play in preseason

While the plan is subject to change, the Chicago Bears plan to give rookie quarterback Caleb Williams live reps in preseason games next month.

Head coach Matt Eberflus said Friday as veterans reported for the start of training camp that Williams, the first pick in April’s NFL draft, will benefit from taking the majority of the snaps against Chicago’s No. 1 defense. But the Bears are eyeing somewhere between 45 to 65 total reps for Williams in the preseason, starting with the NFL preseason opener Aug. 1 as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend.

“Looking back at what some other guys have done in the past, we certainly want to do that. There’s value in all the reps,” Eberflus said. “I think there’s equal value to going against the 1s every single day and also getting some of those preseason reps as well.”

Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles looked at how the 2023 rookie class, including Offensive Rookie of the Year C.J. Stroud, were handled in preseason games to come up with the 45 to 65 range.

Most established quarterbacks play limited snaps or offensive series with the starters in a shortened preseason. Stroud likely will not be on the field when the Bears play the Houston Texans in Canton, Ohio, at the Hall of Fame Game.

Williams, 22, signed a four-year contract this week to report on time with rookies, including wide receiver Rome Odunze, the No. 9 overall pick.

The team practices for the first time Saturday but opted to hold training camp at the team headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill., rather than the previous destination camp at Olivet Nazarene University in the far south suburb of Bourbonnais.

Poles, who spent more time with Williams than any member of the organization in the pre-draft buildup in the spring, said there is no question what the quarterback would decide if given the option to play or watch.

“His passion for the game and his work ethic is outstanding. The kid’s a grinder and wants to be great,” Poles said.

CHIEFS NEWS

NFL NEWS

Chiefs S Justin Reid out with right quad injury

Kansas City Chiefs safety Justin Reid is listed as day-to-day with a right quad injury as training camp begins, coach Andy Reid said Sunday.

Justin Reid is on the team’s non-football injury list after sustaining the injury between OTAs and the beginning of camp, the coach said. Justin Reid wore a sleeve on his right knee during the team’s first full-squad practice on Sunday.

The safety played four seasons with the Houston Texans, who drafted him in the third round of the 2018 draft. Since signing a three-year contract worth $31.5 million with the Chiefs in March 2022, Justin Reid has amassed 178 tackles and 14 pass deflections with one interception during Kansas City’s march to back-to-back Super Bowls victories.

The Chiefs open the season with a Thursday night game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 5. It will be a rematch of last season’s AFC title game.

Shaquil Barrett to retire, had signed with Dolphins

Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shaquil Barrett retired Saturday, four months after the 31-year-old signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent.

“It’s been a great ride and I appreciate everything that came with it over the years,” Barrett wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m ready to shift my full focus to my wife and kids and helping them realize (their) dreams.”

Barrett also wrote that he had considered retirement “for a while” and added that the decision “has never been more clear than it is now.”

On April 30, 2023, Barrett’s 2-year-old daughter drowned in the family pool at his home in Tampa, Fla.

Despite being undrafted out of Colorado State in 2014, Barrett made two Pro Bowls and played in 131 games (85 starts) across nine NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos (2014-18) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019-23).

He tallied 400 tackles (73 for loss), 59 sacks, 22 forced fumbles and three interceptions over his career.

Barrett’s best season came with the Buccaneers in 2019, when he led the NFL with 19.5 sacks and was named to his first Pro Bowl. His 10-sack season in 2021 earned him another Pro Bowl nod.

Barrett won two Super Bowls, one with the Broncos as a rookie in 2015 and the other with Tampa Bay in 2020.

He started 16 games for the Buccaneers in 2023, notching 52 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.

Barrett signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Dolphins in March.

Saints, WR Shahid Rasheed agree to 1-year extension

New Orleans Saints wide receiver and All-Pro returner Rashid Shaheed has agreed to a one-year, $5.2 million contract extension with the team, ESPN reported Saturday.

Shaheed, 25, was also named to the Pro Bowl last season after averaging 13.6 yards on punt returns and 21.3 yards on kickoffs. An undrafted free agent whom New Orleans signed out of Weber State in 2022, Shaheed also racked up 719 yards and five touchdowns on 46 receptions in 2023.

The extension applies to the 2025 season, after the Saints tendered him a $985,000 contract for 2024.

In 27 games, including 14 starts, over his first two seasons, Shaheed has amassed 74 receptions for 1,207 yards and seven scores. He also returned a punt for a touchdown last season.

The Saints listed Shaheed as a starting receiver on their 2023 season-ending depth chart, along with Chris Olave.

The Saints placed Olave on the non-football injury list on Friday.

Jaguars place DL Arik Armstead on PUP list

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed defensive lineman Arik Armstead on the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday.

Armstead, 30, is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He missed five games last season with foot and knee injuries before returning to help the San Francisco 49ers advance to Super Bowl LVIII.

Armstead signed a three-year, $43.5 million contract with Jacksonville on March 14, a day after being released by the 49ers.

He recorded five sacks in 12 starts during the 2023 regular season. He has 33.5 sacks, 88 quarterback hits and 302 tackles in 116 career games (97 starts) since being selected by San Francisco with the 17th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.