Report: Injury guarantee helped spur Jets' release of Bell
A hefty injury guarantee for 2021 helped to spur the New York Jets to release running back Le'Veon Bell, ESPN reported Sunday.Bell's contract carried an $8 million guarantee for 2021, adding to the buyer's remorse the team had over signing him to a four-year, $52.5 million deal as a free agent in March 2019.Rather than take the risk, the Jets decided to release him. The Kansas City Chiefs signed Bell to a one-year deal on Thursday.Bell, 28, was a two-time All-Pro while spending 2013-17 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, for whom he had three 1,200-plus-yard rushing seasons. He sat out the 2018 season in a salary dispute.
Chiefs rule out WR Watkins vs. Bills; put G Osemele on IR
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins and left guard Kelechi Osemele have been ruled out for Monday's game against the host Buffalo Bills.Watkins, 27, is nursing a hamstring injury while Osemele tore tendons in both knees during Sunday's 40-32 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders. Osemele was placed on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.In five games this season, Watkins has 21 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He has eight receiving scores in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs and 33 career receiving touchdowns in 81 games with the Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Bills.Osemele, 31, started all five games this season and has made 101 career starts in nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, the then-Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City.Mike Remmers, a veteran who made 14 starts for the New York Giants last season, replaced Osemele in last week's game versus the Raiders.
Report: Chiefs deal could pay RB Bell $1.69M
Running back Le'Veon Bell's contract with the Kansas City Chiefs carries a low price tag, ESPN reported Friday.Bell was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday, and he signed with the Chiefs on Thursday.ESPN reported that his new deal carries a $1 million base salary, which works out to $687,500 when prorated to account for the portion of the season remaining. Bell also could make another $1 million based on his playing time and postseason incentives, according to the report.The amount that Bell receives will reduce the amount the Jets were still obligated to pay, $6 million for the rest of the 2020 season.Bell, 28, was a two-time All-Pro while spending 2013-17 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, for whom he had three 1,200-plus-yard rushing seasons. He sat out the 2018 season in a salary dispute, then landed a four-year, $52.5 million free agent deal with the Jets in March 2019.
No longer unbeaten, Chiefs and Bills look to rebound
Two teams that seemed to be steamrolling toward a clash of unbeatens now find themselves looking to recover.Although the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are each 4-1 and leading their respective divisions in the AFC, each will be coming off their first defeats Monday at Orchard Park, N.Y. The game got pushed back four days because of dominoes related to COVID-19 developments and kick off at 5 p.m. ET.Each team allowed 40 points in their recent losses, creating deficits neither Patrick Mahomes nor Josh Allen could overcome quarterbacking the Chiefs and Bills, respectively.Mahomes was constantly hounded and sacked three times by the Oakland Raiders in a 40-32 loss, leaving him to scurry quickly from the pocket and often look over the top in third-and-long situations."We can't just rely on the big play," said Mahomes, who completed a season-low 51.2 percent of his passes against Las Vegas. "We have to execute at a high level and when the big play comes, you have to hit it."Although Mahomes often clicks on those looks, the end of a 13-game winning streak -- including playoffs, highlighted by last season's Super Bowl victory -- proved he is mortal.Now, Mahomes must move on from a setback without experienced receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) and guard Kelechi Osemele (knee)."I can help with different calls and putting people in better positions," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Everyone has a little piece of the pie here."That includes the Kansas City defense, which permitted 20 points or less in each of the Chiefs' first four games before allowing 490 yards to the Raiders, including five chunk plays of 40-plus yards.Botched execution hurt the Bills in their first defeat and now they have a short week to recover after falling to Tennessee, 42-16, on Tuesday. Two interceptions and long returns Buffalo gave up on special teams proved fatal against a virus-plagued opponent that had practiced only once in 12 days.One of Allen's interceptions bounded off the hands of a receiver, but the Bills quarterback will still be looking to rebound against the Chiefs. That will be a collective effort, though, after his defense could only get him the ball twice in the final 17 minutes against Tennessee.Allen relies on one of the NFL's hottest receivers, Stephon Diggs, who ranks second in the league with 509 receiving yards. Allen, meanwhile, ranks second in passing yards (1,589) and touchdown strikes (14).
Report: RB Bell choosing between Chiefs, Bills, Dolphins
Le'Veon Bell reportedly plans to sign with either the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills or Miami Dolphins, ESPN reported on Thursday.The report also said that a decision could come perhaps as early as Thursday, one day after the disgruntled running back was released by the New York Jets (0-5).The high-octane Chiefs (4-1) are averaging 119.4 rushing yards per game, which is 13th-best in the NFL. They are led in the backfield by rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who leads the team in carries (81) and rushing yards (344).The Bills (4-1) have rushed for just 93.8 yards per game, which is 28th in the league. Devin Singletary leads the team in carries (61) and rushing yards (238), however rookie Zack Moss has only played in two games due to injury.The Dolphins (2-3) rank 21st in the league with 104.2 rushing yards per game. Myles Gaskin has rushed 64 times for 249 yards to pace their ground attack.Miami head coach Brian Flores was asked about the team's interest in Bell during Thursday's press conference."That's really more of a question for (general manager) Chris (Grier)," Flores said, via the Miami Herald. "My focus is on (Sunday's game against the) Jets and the players they have on their team.
Chiefs CB Breeland activated after 4-game suspension
The Kansas City Chiefs activated cornerback Bashaud Breeland on Saturday following his four-game suspension.He will be available for Sunday's game against the visiting Las Vegas Raiders.The NFL suspended Breeland in August for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. He was arrested in April in South Carolina on five charges, including three related to alcohol or marijuana.The York County Sheriff's Office charged Breeland with resisting arrest, alcohol in a motor vehicle with the seal broken, an open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle, possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash, and driving without a license.Breeland, 28, is a native of Allendale, S.C., and played in college at Clemson.
Chiefs look to remain perfect against Raiders
As easy as it is to be mesmerized by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the productive Kansas City offense, the Chiefs defense deserves some attention, too.Heading into its home game Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders (2-2), Kansas City (4-0) will be coming off a performance in which it generated four turnovers, including a pick-six, as well as two stops in the red zone.That effort keyed a 26-10 victory Monday over the New England Patriots, who effectively slowed Kansas City's deep threats by dropping eight into coverage and daring the Chiefs to run the ball or settle for short routes."With the guys we have on this offense and in this locker room, we expect to go out there and score every time we hit the field," Mahomes said. "The good thing about this team that kind of gets slept on is we have a pretty good defense too. They held their own."The Patriots may have devised yet another blueprint for Chiefs opponents to consider, though nothing of late has ultimately proved successful.The Chiefs are off to their fourth 4-0 start in four years (an NFL first) and have won 13 straight games, a franchise record.The abilities of known defensive playmakers such as Frank Clark, Chris Jones and Tyrann Mathieu are beginning to rub off on the entire unit. With NFL offenses surging, the Chiefs are the only team in the league not to give up more than 20 points in any of their first four games."Every play is not going to be a great play," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, "but they don't flinch on it, they learn from it and then they bring it the next time."One disconcerting moment for Kansas City happened Monday when Mahomes exchanged postgame pleasantries with Patriots defensive standout Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore has since tested positive for COVID-19, which could prompt additional postgame protocols.Las Vegas defensive tackle Maurice Hurst also tested positive for COVID-19, though the Raiders still practiced Wednesday. Previously the club had been cited for several infractions stemming from not following protocols, including a $250,000 fine due partly to coach Jon Gruden not following rules for face coverings.Though sitting alone in second place in the AFC West, the Raiders need an upset to make the division interesting. The Chiefs, however, have won five straight in the storied series and 27 of their last 30 against division rivals.
Mahomes: Postgame hug a 'mental lapse'
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shared a brief postgame hug with New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore after the two teams met Monday night in Kansas City.On Wednesday, the day it was revealed Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19, Mahomes addressed their encounter, calling it a "mental lapse."The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that players for both teams wore contact tracers during the game -- a 26-10 win for the Chiefs -- and that no one in the Chiefs organization had been notified that they should isolate because of prolonged contact with someone who had tested positive."I think you just have to trust in the process and the protocols that are set in place," Mahomes said. "Obviously, knowing that I went up to him after the game and just getting the high-five like I've done my whole career and not thinking about it."It was a little bit of a mental lapse, just trying to show sportsmanship and stuff like that, but I feel like the protocols in place are good."Kansas City fans, remembering the postgame moment, took to social media to express fears for the safety of their beloved young quarterback after hearing Gilmore tested positive, and Mahomes tried to calm their jittery nerves."I'll try to keep away from that and try not to do it again," said Mahomes, 25, who won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 2018 and followed it with a Super Bowl championship the following season.
Report: Chiefs all negative following MNF vs. Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs players and personnel tested for COVID-19 were all negative on Tuesday, but results are being eagerly anticipated Wednesday following news of additional concerns in New England.Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who played in Monday's game at Kansas City, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. The Patriots canceled Wednesday's practice and their Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos could be in peril.The Las Vegas Raiders are scheduled to play at Kansas City on Sunday as part of the Week 5 schedule.
Mahomes, Chiefs shake off Pats for another 4-0 start
Patrick Mahomes drove Kansas City to two touchdowns in the final 16 minutes Monday night as the undefeated Chiefs downed the visiting New England Patriots 26-10.Mahomes passed for 236 yards, going 19 of 29 with two TD tosses.The Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to record 4-0 starts in four consecutive seasons. Mahomes improved to 11-0 as a starter in September games.Kansas City sealed the outcome on a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Tyrann Mathieu after a pass slipped through the hands of Patriots receiver Julian Edelman with 8:48 remaining.The game was rescheduled from Sunday because both teams reported positive COVID-19 tests, including one for Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton.Brian Hoyer subbed for Newton but failed to engineer a score on two drives into the red zone. Hoyer was replaced in the third quarter by third-stringer Jarrett Stidham, who engineered a touchdown drive on his first possession before throwing two interceptions as New England (2-2) fell two games behind Buffalo in the AFC East.Patriots running back Sony Michel also missed the trip because of a quad injury, but Damien Harris came off injured reserve to gain 100 yards on 17 carries. Harris had missed the first three games due to a hand injury.Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman caught touchdown passes for the Chiefs, both on easy 6-yard shovel flips from Mahomes.
Chiefs, Patriots to play Monday with no new COVID positives
A second "Monday Night Football" contest was finalized Monday morning when the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs received universal COVID-19 negative test results.According to multiple reports, the point of contact testing for both teams returned zero positives.New England's travel plans were adjusted to depart Monday in two aircraft. One will house the 20 players who've had contact with starting quarterback Cam Newton, who was placed on the reserve/COVID list Saturday.The Chiefs and Patriots will kick off at 7:05 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium -- the regularly scheduled Week 4 Monday night football game between the Falcons and Packers in Green Bay is set for an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff -- with New England down one essential player. Newton's positive test for the coronavirus on Saturday set the wheels in motion for the game, scheduled to be played Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET, to be postponed.Newton's positive was confirmed, as was the positive test for Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu.
Report: Patriots to play at KC on Monday
The New England Patriots were informed at a Sunday morning meeting that they will play the Chiefs in Kansas City on Monday night.ESPN reported "a Patriots' team meeting started at 10am. The team was informed as of right now they will be playing their game against the Chiefs on Monday per sources. They were told they will fly (Monday) morning."The NFL postponed the game, scheduled to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, after Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. Follow-up tests and point of contact tests began Saturday. Newton has been placed on the reserve/COVID list and is out for Week 4.Brian Hoyer is the projected starter against the Chiefs, who are 3-0 but had a positive test result of their own from practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu.
Mahomes dominates QB duel as Chiefs top Ravens
Patrick Mahomes passed for 385 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for a score as the Kansas City Chiefs recorded a 34-20 victory over the host Baltimore Ravens in Monday night's showdown between two of the NFL's best teams.Mahomes completed 31 of 42 passes and repeatedly spread the ball around as five Kansas City players topped 60 receiving yards. Left tackle Eric Fisher and fullback Anthony Sherman caught touchdown passes as did receivers Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman.Chris Jones stood out on the defensive side with two of Kansas City's four sacks and he also two forced fumbles as the Chiefs started 3-0 for the fourth consecutive season.Lamar Jackson completed 15 of 28 passes for a mere 97 yards and one touchdown for Baltimore (2-1). The passing output was Jackson's lowest in 25 games as a starter. He also had 83 rushing yards on nine carries for the Ravens, who also received a kickoff return score from Devin Duvernay.The Ravens had just 228 yards of total offense after averaging 394 yards and 35.5 points over their first two games. The Chiefs had 517 yards while holding a 29-16 edge in first downs and converting 10 of 13 third-down opportunities.Travis Kelce led Kansas City with 87 receiving yards on six receptions. Also topping 60 were Hardman (four for 81), Hill (five for 77), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (five for 70, plus 20 for 64 rushing) and Sammy Watkins (seven for 62).Baltimore trailed by 17 at halftime but got back into the game on a 42-yard field goal by Justin Tucker with 6:13 left in the third quarter and Jackson's 5-yard touchdown throw to Nick Boyle on the first play of the final stanza to pull within 27-20.But Kansas City answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive and coach Andy Reid pulled out one of his trick plays on first-and-goal from the Ravens' 2-yard line. Fisher pretended he was blocking and then slid into the left flat to catch the scoring pass from Mahomes on the tackle-eligible play with 8:14 remaining to make it a 14-point margin.
Chiefs WR Watkins questionable to face Ravens
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins was a full participant in practice on Saturday and is listed as questionable to play in the team's showdown against the Baltimore Ravens.Watkins is dealing with both a concussion and a neck injury after absorbing a hit to the head from Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman during Kansas City's 23-20 overtime victory on Sunday. Perryman was not penalized for the hit.Watkins, 27, has eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in two games this season for the Chiefs (2-0), who rely on speedy wideout Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and others in their potent passing game.Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman would see additional snaps should Watkins be unable to face the host Ravens (2-0) on Monday.Watkins has 292 catches for 4,337 yards and 32 touchdowns in 78 career games with the Buffalo Bills (2014-16), Los Angeles Rams (2017) and Chiefs (2018-present). He was selected by the Bills with the fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Ravens, Chiefs to meet in titanic AFC showdown
A Monday night home game brings national spotlight, potential distractions and the height of anticipation for the Baltimore Ravens.The 2-0 Ravens circled the Week 3 "Monday Night Football" game on the schedule in April, knowing it would give them a chance to measure up against Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.Baltimore buried its first two opponents -- the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans -- setting the stage for another showdown with Mahomes. The Ravens are 16-3 since the start of the 2019 regular season. They've won 14 consecutive regular-season games.But they're 0-2 against Mahomes and the Chiefs with losses each of the past two seasons by a grand total of eight points, including 33-28 in Week 3 last season."He's got all these tools and has all this talent around him," Ravens All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey said of facing Mahomes. "As good as he is in the pocket, he's just as good if not better outside the pocket. Preparing for him is really tough. He's never out of the game."Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson laments not getting his shot at Mahomes in the AFC playoffs last season. The Ravens lost to the Titans, and the Chiefs took down Tennessee in the conference championship game. After Jackson's offensive line underwent changes in the offseason, early returns are beyond positive.Kansas City survived a white-knuckle Week 2 scare at the hands of the Chargers, beating Los Angeles on a Harrison Butker 58-yard field goal in OT. The Chiefs get the idea that every team will place a bull's-eye on this team."It's definitely the team that we know we need to beat If we want to be champions. This is one of those teams you have to get past," Ravens Pro Bowl left tackle Ronnie Stanley said.And Baltimore has defensive personnel to replicate some of the gap control schemes that helped the Chargers again make Mahomes appear mortal.The Ravens also have an NFL-best five takeaways after two games and old friend Marcus Peters, the starter opposite Humphrey at cornerback, should be considered a clear and present danger facing his old mates from Kansas City. Combined, the Ravens CB tandem scored five defensive TDs in 2019. Peters is a pick-six machine with six defensive touchdowns (seven total) in his career."I was on the field during the Super Bowl just walking around, watching the other teams warm up," Humphrey said. "The energy I felt down there in Miami, it really just triggered my whole offseason ... just thinking, ‘Man, the only thing I really want is a Super Bowl.'"Jackson and Mahomes are meeting for the third time and are the established NFL elite, not just among the 25-and-under candidates. Each brings a certain stop-and-watch appeal and are among the league's most popular attractions for much different reasons."These two are two of the best," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday. "Here you have an opportunity to watch them compete against each other. It's really fun to watch them grow."Jackson has a fan in Mahomes.
Chiefs WR Watkins in concussion protocol
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in the NFL's concussion protocol, coach Andy Reid announced Thursday.Watkins absorbed a hit to the head from Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman during Kansas City's 23-20 overtime victory on Sunday. Perryman was not penalized for the hit.Reid noted Thursday that Watkins is also dealing with a neck issue."It's more neck right now than the other part. He's working through it," Reid said.Watkins, 27, has eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in two games this season for the Chiefs (2-0), who rely on speedy wideout Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and others in their potent passing game.
Butker kicks Chiefs to OT win over Chargers
Patrick Mahomes passed for two touchdowns, and Harrison Butker's franchise record-tying 58-yard field goal in overtime spoiled Justin Herbert's impressive debut, as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the AFC West-rival Los Angeles Chargers 23-20 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.The winning kick with 1:55 left was Butker's second 58-yarder of the day. He matched the club record set by Nick Lowery, who kicked 58-yard field goals in 1983 and 1985.The Chiefs (2-0) fell behind 17-6 in the second half, but erased the deficit with 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The run capped when Mahomes threw for 54 of his 302 yards on a one-footed toss to Tyreek Hill for a touchdown.Hill finished with 99 yards on five receptions.A successful two-point conversion pass to Mecole Hardman made up for an unsuccessful PAT in the second quarter after a 10-yard Travis Kelce touchdown reception. Jerry Tillery broke through to block the kick.That was the sole misfire for Butker on a historic day. His 30-yard field goal as time expired forced overtime.Mahomes helped set up Butker's game-tying field goal with a 12-play, 63-yard drive spanning the final 2:27 of regulation. Facing a third-and-20 late into the possession, Mahomes found a seam up the middle to run for 21 of his team-high 54 rushing yards.Los Angeles (1-1) -- which went 2-9 in one-score games last season but opened the 2020 campaign with a 16-13 win in Cincinnati -- won possession to open overtime. Herbert threw for the final seven of his 311 yards, gained on 22-of-33 passing, helping set up a fourth-and-1.
Chiefs, Texans reportedly all test negative after opener
The 2020 NFL opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans did not result in any positive COVID-19 tests among players or team staff, ESPN reported on Thursday.One groundskeeper who was not near players tested positive, Adam Schefter reported.All players were tested after the Week 1 game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 10. The results represent an encouraging sign for the NFL, which is not using the type of campus environment or bubble location that helped the NBA, NHL and WNBA control spread of the coronavirus.
Chiefs' Reid on foggy face shield: 'That was brutal'
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid saw his team enjoy a convincing 34-20 victory over the Houston Texans in the NFL season opener on Thursday night.Well, presumably he saw it.Reid's fogged-up face shield was one of the primary topics of conversation over social media during the game. It was discussed after the contest as well."That was brutal," Reid said after the game. "I didn't do very good with that thing. It will be better the next time. I appreciate you asking that, though. It was a bit of a mess, but we'll get it fixed."Reid opted to wear the face shield in response to the coronavirus pandemic, while Houston coach Bill O'Brien chose to don a mask.Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson had a clear view of Reid's troubles on Thursday.
Chiefs hit the road, take on Chargers at SoFi Stadium
The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hit the road for the first time in 2020 on Sunday for an AFC West matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.The Chargers are playing their first-ever game at brand-new SoFi Stadium, which opened Sunday night when the Rams hosted the Dallas Cowboys.The Chargers (1-0) opened the season with a 16-13 win at Cincinnati. The team, which spent the previous three seasons in Carson, Calif., makes the short trek north on the 405 freeway to Inglewood and their new home, completing a relocation from San Diego.Rookie running back Joshua Kelley rushed for the Chargers' sole touchdown, filling in for Justin Jackson in Week 1. Jackson remains questionable with a quadriceps injury.The new look isn't limited to the stadium digs for the Chargers. Gone is Philip Rivers, the team's starting quarterback since 2006, and Tyrod Taylor started Week 1. He went 16 of 30 for 208 yards.While Los Angeles played clean football with no turnovers, Taylor said Wednesday that improved efficiency is an emphasis against a high-scoring Kansas City side."We've got to be better on third down than we were last week," Taylor said, "and we have to execute better in the red zone."The Chargers converted 6 of 16 third downs, failed on two fourth-down conversion tries, and scored just the one red-zone touchdown.Offensive guard Trai Turner's likely return to the offensive line -- he participated in limited practice on Wednesday -- could provide a boost. Center Mike Pouncey remains questionable with a hip injury.Kansas City (1-0) is rested. The Chiefs rolled past Houston in the first game of the season on Sept. 10, 34-20. Kansas City led 31-7 early in the fourth quarter and Patrick Mahomes tossed three touchdown passes.Mahomes, coming off a stellar 2019 in which he passed for more than 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns, said he feels more comfortable in the offense in 2020.It helps to have Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs' first-round pick in 2020, who rushed for 138 yards against Houston.