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

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

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

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'

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.

Report: Chiefs' Frank Clark arrested on felony weapons charge

Report: Chiefs' Frank Clark arrested on felony weapons charge

Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Frank Clark is facing a felony weapons charge -- illegal possession of a firearm -- following his Sunday night arrest in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.com Monday.

TMZ said Clark, driving a Lamborghini SUV, was found to be carrying an Uzi when pulled over at 9:20 p.m. on a traffic stop.

Jail records show Clark posted $35,000 bond and was released Monday afternoon, according to KCTV in L.A.

The Chiefs have not made a statement following the arrest, but are aware of the arrest, per multiple reports.

Drafted in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2015, Clark, who turned 28 last Monday, was traded to Kansas City prior to the 2019 season, signing a five-year deal worth $104 million. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in both seasons for the Chiefs, and has collected 49 sacks over his six seasons with the Seahawks (2015-18) and Chiefs (2019-20).

Chiefs' Andy Reid on Le'Veon Bell: 'I wish him the best'

Chiefs' Andy Reid on Le'Veon Bell: 'I wish him the best'

Chiefs coach Andy Reid took the high road Thursday when it came to former Kansas City running back Le'Veon Bell.

Over the weekend, Bell took to social media to talk about Reid.

"I'll never play for Andy Reid again," Bell wrote. "I'd retire first."

In follow-up comments on Twitter, Bell said he had a "personal problem" with Reid because of something the coach said to him without revealing what that was.

Reid made a brief remark to reporters Thursday.

"I enjoyed my time with him. I'm pulling for him," the veteran coach said. "That's how I roll. I wish him the best."

Bell joined the Chiefs last season on Oct. 17 -- three days after his release from the New York Jets.

The 29-year-old rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs. He had two carries for 6 yards in the AFC Divisional playoff win over the Cleveland Browns before being inactive for the AFC Championship Game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

Bell did not play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bell was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro with the Pittsburgh Steelers before sitting out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag in a contract dispute.

After signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March 2019, Bell gained 1,250 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns in 15 starts with the team that season.

Bell has rushed for 6,453 yards and 40 touchdowns and caught 394 passes for 3,259 yards and eight scores in 88 games (81 starts) with the Steelers (2013-17), Jets (2019-20) and Chiefs (2020).

Bell is a free agent.

Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes share Madden '22 cover

Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes share Madden '22 cover

After fighting it out in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are sharing the cover for Madden '22.

The video game released in August is one of the most popular sports titles with a segment of fans who admittedly take a day off for the on-sale date.

"Whenever you first get on the cover, that's a special moment," Mahomes told ESPN. "So to be on it again, twice, with an all-time great like Tom Brady, it's a special moment that I'm glad that I'm able to do so soon after I had done it the first time.

"I'll be able to have it for the rest of my life and be able to show my kids and my kids' kids that I was on it two times."

Brady and Mahomes are each on the cover for the second time, with Brady (then with the New England Patriots) gracing Madden '18 and Mahomes on Madden '20.

Brady was MVP of Super Bowl LV as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in February. Mahomes led the Chiefs to a win in the NFL title game the previous season and won MVP honors.

The last time two players shared the cover was Madden '10 with Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

Brady debuted in Madden '01 with a player rating of 57, but not by name. He was listed as QB No. 12 and fourth-string with the Patriots.

Mahomes was a member of the "99 Club" last year, a nod to the near-perfect rating given to only a select class of NFL players. He has been the top-rated quarterback in Madden the past two years.

Travis Kelce: Browns 'neck and neck' with Chiefs in AFC

Travis Kelce: Browns 'neck and neck' with Chiefs in AFC

Tight end Travis Kelce believes the Cleveland Browns are serious challengers to his Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC entering the 2021 season.

Kelce, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was at Browns receiver Jarvis Landry's celebrity softball game in a suburb of Cleveland. Kelce told the Akron Beacon Journal that he sees the Browns as "definitely a contender" coming off their first playoff appearance in nearly 20 years.

"It's definitely there," Kelce said. "Baker (Mayfield) and the gang have upped the ante, made this team an unbelievable team and a team you have to prepare for and take serious. I think that moving forward without a doubt, I can see a lot more playoff games between us, and I'll just take it one day at a time and hope for it.

"I think the Browns and Chiefs are definitely neck and neck," he added.

Kelce's Chiefs defeated the Browns 22-17 in last season's AFC Divisional Round on their way to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

Despite that loss, 2020 was Cleveland's best season in recent memory after being bottom-feeders for years. The Browns finished 11-5, their best record since 1994, and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round for their first postseason win since that same season.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, have built one of the league's best teams with former MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the center of it. Kansas City owns the winningest regular-season record in the NFL over the past five seasons, 60-20.

The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Browns at Arrowhead Stadium to open the 2021 season.

"It's impressive to see where they've come from and where they are now because it's a legit contender," Kelce said, "and every team's going to have to bring it."

Report: Chiefs OL Kyle Long (leg) likely to miss training camp

Report: Chiefs OL Kyle Long (leg) likely to miss training camp

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Kyle Long sustained a leg injury that could keep him off the field until just before the start of the regular season, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The injury occurred this week at the Chiefs' voluntary OTAs, and the report said signs point toward a fractured kneecap. He likely will miss training camp.

Long, 32, is making a comeback after sitting out the 2020 season after the Chicago Bears declined his option. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract in March.

Long missed 34 games over his final four seasons in Chicago due to injury, including the final 12 games of 2019 with a hip issue. Prior to that, the 2013 first-round pick reached the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons while missing just one of 48 games.

His father is Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, and his brother, defensive end Chris Long, played 11 seasons with three teams, winning two Super Bowls.

Britt Reid pleads not guilty to DWI, is allowed to drive on bond

Britt Reid pleads not guilty to DWI, is allowed to drive on bond

A judge ruled Monday that Britt Reid can drive -- with conditions -- on the day the former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a February accident that critically injured a young girl.

Reid awaits trial on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated after he crashed into two cars on an entrance ramp along Interstate 435 in Kansas City on Feb. 4. The wreck left Ariel Young, 5, with a traumatic brain injury.

Jackson County Judge Jessica Agnelly modified Reid's bond that will allow the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid to drive with an interlock device, which has to be blown into before a car will start. If alcohol is detected, the car won't start. Agnelly said the no-driving condition was mistakenly added to the conditions of Reid's bond.

Reid waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He was charged on April 12. If convicted of the Class D felony, Reid could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.

Kansas City prosecutors say Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of .113 from a sample taken two hours after he barreled into a disabled vehicle on I-435. Reid was driving 83.9 miles per hour -- in a posted 65 -- 1.9 seconds before slamming into the vehicle, per the probable cause statement form.

Reid "operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed," Jackson County (Missouri) prosecutors said in the filing.

Reid suffered blunt force trauma to his groin in the accident which required emergency surgery, per the filing.

He was initially placed on administrative leave by the Chiefs before the organization decided against renewing his contract. He's no longer with the team.

Ex-49ers assistant Katie Sowers says she accepted role with Chiefs

Ex-49ers assistant Katie Sowers says she accepted role with Chiefs

Former San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers said on Wednesday that she has accepted a position with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sowers made the announcement on her Instagram account but didn't detail what her role would be for the Chiefs.

"Retired from coaching in the NFL? Nah. Kansas City. I'm home!" Sowers wrote. "Huge thanks to the @chiefs organization for believing in me and providing me another opportunity to grow my coaching experience while learning from the best in the game through the Bill Walsh Diversity fellowship. Let's keep growing the game. See you this summer, chiefs kingdom."

Sowers, who grew up in Hesston, Kan., made history when she became the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl when the 49ers lost to the Chiefs following the 2019 regular season. She is also the first openly gay coach in NFL history.

Sowers was a training camp assistant with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 and was with the 49ers the past four seasons, the last two as a staff offensive assistant. Her contract expired after last season.

Reports: Patrick Mahomes expected to participate in OTAs

Reports: Patrick Mahomes expected to participate in OTAs

Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to participate in organized team activities, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

Mahomes has been working his way back from offseason surgery to repair a turf toe injury in February. The 25-year-old had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mahomes, who previously said he was ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, is expected to take part in a limited capacity when the Chiefs begin OTAs on Tuesday. He reportedly will take on a larger role during the team's mandatory minicamp.

Mahomes played through the turf toe injury, which was sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City's victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round in January.

Mahomes was the league's Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a 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.

Report: Chiefs trade for Vikings CB Mike Hughes

Report: Chiefs trade for Vikings CB Mike Hughes

The Kansas City Chiefs acquired cornerback Mike Hughes and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for their 2022 sixth-round pick, ESPN reported Thursday.

The Vikings moved on from Hughes after just three seasons. Their first-round pick in 2018, Hughes only played 24 games for the Vikings in three years due to a variety of injuries.

Minnesota declined to pick up Hughes' fifth-year option, making him a free agent following the 2021 season.

Hughes was the most experienced corner on Minnesota's roster entering 2020, but a neck injury forced him onto injured reserve after just four games. He recorded 80 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his time in Minnesota.

Hughes joins a Kansas City secondary that includes safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen and cornerback Charvarius Ward, who is entering his fourth pro season and started 29 of a possible 32 games the past two years.

Chiefs cut TE who wanted salary converted to Bitcoin

Chiefs cut TE who wanted salary converted to Bitcoin

The Kansas City Chiefs have cut tight end Sean Culkin, who made news last month when he announced he planned to be the first NFL player to convert his entire salary to Bitcoin.

Culkin, 27, signed a reserve/future contract in February and would have received $920,000 if he made the roster as the primary backup to six-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.

"I fully believe Bitcoin is the future of finance and I wanted to prove that I have real skin in the game -- not just trying to make a quick buck. I will be converting my entire 2021 NFL salary to #Bitcoin," Culkin tweeted on April 26.

The recent additions of veteran Blake Bell in free agency and former Duke tight end Noah Gray in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft apparently made Culkin expendable.

Kansas City also parted ways with offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann (released) and quarterback Jordan Ta'amu (waived).

Former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung converted half of his $13 million salary from 2020 into Bitcoin. That $6.5 million investment was worth approximately $13.4 million as of Tuesday morning.

Per Forbes, Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that you can buy, sell and exchange directly without an intermediary like a bank. It was publicly launched in 2009.

Culkin has recorded two receptions for 36 yards in 19 career games (12 starts) with the Los Angeles Chargers (2017-19) and Baltimore Ravens (2020). He was an undrafted free agent out of Missouri in 2017.

According to the Kansas City Star, Culkin has a finance degree and is working on his MBA.

Report: Chiefs add S Will Parks on one-year deal

Report: Chiefs add S Will Parks on one-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs signed safety Will Parks to a one-year contract, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The deal is worth up to $1.13 million, according to the report.

Parks has played five NFL seasons between the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles. Denver selected Parks out of Arizona in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft.

After four seasons with the Broncos, Parks signed with his hometown Eagles in 2020 but started the regular season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He returned to play six games for Philadelphia, but he was waived and claimed by Denver in December.

In 72 career games (18 starts), Parks has amassed 180 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four interceptions and two sacks.

Parks figures to serve as depth at the safety position for Kansas City behind ingrained starters Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen.

Chiefs sign RB Jerick McKinnon

Chiefs sign RB Jerick McKinnon

The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent running back Jerick McKinnon on Friday.

McKinnon played for the San Francisco 49ers last season and rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 253 yards and one score in 16 games (four starts).

McKinnon tore the ACL in his right knee shortly before the 2018 season and missed that campaign as well as the 2019 season.

McKinnon, who turns 29 on Monday, spent his first four seasons (2014-17) with the Minnesota Vikings. He has rushed for 2,237 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 175 passes for 1,237 yards and six scores in 74 career games (18 starts).

Chiefs' Sean Culkin plans to convert entire salary to Bitcoin

Chiefs' Sean Culkin plans to convert entire salary to Bitcoin

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean Culkin plans to be the first NFL player to convert his entire salary to Bitcoin.

Culkin, 27, signed a reserve/future contract in February and will receive $920,000 if he makes the roster. He is vying to become the primary backup to six-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.

"I fully believe Bitcoin is the future of finance and I wanted to prove that I have real skin in the game -- not just trying to make a quick buck. I will be converting my entire 2021 NFL salary to #Bitcoin," Culkin wrote Monday on Twitter.

Former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung converted half of his $13 million salary from 2020 into Bitcoin.

Per Forbes, Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that you can buy, sell and exchange directly without an intermediary like a bank. It was publicly launched in 2009.

"To be honest, I don't really view it as an extremely high-risk play," Culkin said, according to the Kansas City Star. "... I zoomed out to the bigger picture. You see an asset that grew to a trillion-dollar market cap in 12 years, which I don't think has been done in any other asset, the fact that it's had three, four, five corrections of 50-plus percent here, we are (near) all-time highs. When I started to break away from viewing volatility as risk, it didn't seem very risky to me."

Culkin has recorded two receptions for 36 yards in 19 career games (12 starts) with the Los Angeles Chargers (2017-19) and Baltimore Ravens (2020). He was an undrafted free agent out of Missouri in 2017.

According to the Kansas City Star, Culkin has a finance degree and is working on his MBA.

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