Report: Chiefs S Berry will start, be on snap count
Eric Berry indeed will start Thursday night, making his season debut in his team's biggest game to date, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported.Citing a source informed of the situation, Rapoport reported that Berry will start and be on a snap count at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. He was officially listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis all week.The Chiefs (11-2) and Chargers (10-3) have the two best records in the AFC. Having already beaten the Chargers in Los Angeles in the season opener, Kansas City can clinch the AFC West with a win Thursday night.
Chargers' gamble results in key win over Chiefs
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers fired a touchdown pass with four seconds remaining Thursday, connecting with Mike Williams, then the same duo added a decisive two-point conversion as visiting Los Angeles beat the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28.Rivers engineered two touchdowns in the final four minutes to rally the Chargers from a 28-14 deficit.The result leaves the Chargers and Chiefs tied atop the AFC West with 11-3 records, though the Chiefs hold a tiebreaker with a better division mark.Los Angeles snapped a nine-game losing streak to Kansas City and also snapped the Chiefs' nine-game home winning streak.Rivers threw for 313 yards, going 26 of 38 and overcoming two first-half interceptions. The Chargers were without their top two running backs, Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (concussion). Also, their top receiver, Keenan Allen, left in the first quarter with a hip injury and did not have a reception.Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 243 yards, going 24 of 34 with two touchdowns. Damien Williams also scored two rushing TDs in the second half.The victory was the fourth straight for Los Angeles and was just the second loss in 22 games for Kansas City against a division rival.
RB Gordon inactive for Chargers-Chiefs showdown
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will sit out Thursday night's AFC West Division showdown at the first-place Kansas City Chiefs.Gordon, one of six NFL players with 800 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards this season, missed the previous two games after spraining his right knee on Nov. 25 in a 45-10 win vs. the Arizona Cardinals. He was made inactive for the Thursday night contest.The Chargers (10-3) entered the night one game back of the Chiefs (11-2), who already have clinched a playoff berth.Gordon leads the Chargers with 802 rushing yards, including nine touchdowns. The 15th overall pick in the 2015 draft also has 44 catches for 453 yards and four touchdowns this season.In the Week 1 opener against the Chiefs, Gordon rushed for only 64 yards on 15 carries, while catching nine passes for 102 yards in a 38-28 loss in Los Angeles.Backup Austin Ekeler is also on the inactive list after sustaining a concussion last week in Los Angeles' 26-21 win at the Cincinnati Bengals.Ekeler is the Chargers' second-leading rusher, running for 496 yards and two touchdowns on 98 carries. The undrafted 23-year-old from Western State also has 39 receptions for 404 yards and three touchdowns this season.With Gordon in the lineup, the Chargers are averaging 137.0 rushing yards, but just 72.3 yards without him.
Report: Chiefs CB Fuller out with broken wrist
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller is likely to miss time with a fractured wrist, NFL Network reported Friday.Fuller played with the injury Thursday in a one-point loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.NFL Network reported Fuller was scheduled for surgery on Friday, at which time a recovery window could be established.
Chiefs RB Ware doubtful, Williams to start
Chiefs running back Spencer Ware is doubtful with shoulder and hamstring injuries, meaning Damien Williams will get the start in Thursday's AFC West grudge match with the Los Angeles Chargers in Kansas City.Ware had 75 yards on 15 carries and five receptions for 54 yards last week in the Chiefs' win over the Baltimore Ravens.Williams, who scored two touchdowns against Baltimore, gained 14 yards on eight carries and caught four passes for 16 yards.
Chiefs, Mahomes can lock up West with win over Chargers
An unexpected toss with his left hand, a no-look pass to a crossing receiver and -- most importantly -- a run toward home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.All that and so much more has defined record-setting Patrick Mahomes as a first-year starter in the NFL this season. Yet the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback must be on top of his game again Thursday night when the streaking Los Angeles Chargers look to tighten the West Division race.Kansas City (11-2) last weekend qualified for the playoffs for the fifth time under sixth-year coach Andy Reid, using a madcap rally Mahomes engineered Sunday to hold off the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime. But after burning the NFL's top defense entering the game for 377 yards passing and two touchdowns, the no-look pass was all the rage.Hey, it's always something radical with Mahomes."I worked with him real hard on that. I built that right into the offense," Reid cracked. "He has a knack for that. He is comfortable doing it. This is the NFL and he is doing it. That's something to do it in practice, but when you start throwing it in a game against the No. 1 defense in the National Football League, that is a little different."Confidence oozes from Mahomes, whose plus-32 touchdown-to-interception mark leads the NFL along, as do his 43 touchdown passes and 45 completions of 25-plus yards. The Chiefs average 437.5 yards and 36.2 points per game, along with 6.86 yards per play, all of which lead the league."I have built that chemistry with guys like D-Rob," Mahomes said of Demarcus Robinson, recipient of the no-look pass, "through training camp and through last year. I know that the guys are going to know what I'm thinking and trust that they are going to keep running the route the same way. Then, I put the ball out there for them."Los Angeles (10-3) will counter with pressure off both edges from defensive ends Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. Bosa was injured and missed the first matchup, a 38-28 Week 1 win for the Chiefs to account for Kansas City's one-game lead over the Chargers.Los Angeles has won nine of its last 10 games, including three straight. Its only road defeat was against the crosstown Rams.
Chiefs' Hill day-to-day; Berry could play Thursday
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill avoided serious injury on Sunday and is considered day-to-day, ESPN reported Monday.Hill fought through a heel injury in the win over the Baltimore Ravens, totaling eight catches for 139 yards, including a game-saving 48-yard gain on fourth-and-9 to set up the tying touchdown in regulation."My foot's bad," Hill told NBC's Peter King afterward. "Our people did a tremendous job wrapping my foot. I was still feeling my heel, but at the same time, I knew that man, if you want the W, if you want to be a great receiver, this is your moment to make plays."Head coach Andy Reid did not have any specific injury updates on Monday morning, as players were given time to sleep in on a short week as they prepare for Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he did indicate Hill could play Thursday."I'm sure he was sore this morning," Reid said. "If I was a betting man, I'd probably say he'll play. He loves to play the game, so..."Meanwhile, Reid suggested safety Eric Berry (heel) could make his season debut on Thursday but added that the situation is very fluid.
Mahomes' jersey from Rams classic reportedly fetches $36K for charity
Patrick Mahomes may have come out on the losing end in the Kansas Chiefs' wild shootout with the Los Angeles Rams last month, but one move he made with some memorabilia from that game is certainly a winner.The second-year quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player contender sent the jersey he wore Nov. 19 in the 54-51 classic to auction, where it reportedly sold for $36,150. What's more, according to The Action Network's Darren Rovell, the proceeds are going to aid in California wildfire relief efforts.Both the Rams and Chiefs honored first responders to the fires throughout the Week 11 Monday night game, with the Rams handing out more than 3,000 complimentary tickets to first responders. The two biggest November fires, the Camp Fire in Northern California and Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, are responsible for nearly 90 deaths and the loss of 100,000 structures.
Chiefs WR Hill, RB Ware injured against Ravens
The Kansas City Chiefs' offense took a blow in the first half Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens when wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Spencer Ware went to the locker room with injuries.Hill hurt a heel and Ware his right shoulder, and the team listed both as questionable to return.Ware's injury occurred when he was hit by Baltimore safety Eric Weddle in the final minutes of the first half.When the Chiefs released Kareem Hunt on Nov. 30, Ware became the featured running back for Kansas City.
Reports: Hunt to begin counseling
While the NFL mulls further punishment for Kareem Hunt, the former Kansas City Chiefs running back is seeking counseling for alcohol and anger issues, according to multiple reports.Hunt also was involved in an altercation at a restaurant last June, an incident the NFL was aware of and questioned the running back about. However, TMZ also reported that Hunt was involved in a violent incident last January at a nightclub in Kansas City, an altercation the NFL did not previously know about, according to ESPN.In that incident, TMZ reported that Hunt and others -- including then-Chiefs running back George Atkinson -- beat a man to the point of unconsciousness at a nightclub in Kansas City on Jan. 11.The NFL placed Hunt, the 2017 rushing leader, on the commissioner's exempt list while it investigates all three incidents, meaning Hunt is unable to play for any team that might sign him. The Chiefs released Hunt after the video surfaced of him kicking then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.Hunt went unclaimed on waivers and is officially a free agent.
Chiefs beat Ravens in OT to clinch playoff berth
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes converted two fourth downs on a game-tying drive in regulation Sunday and kicker Harrison Butker atoned for a missed field goal with a 36-yarder in overtime as the Kansas City Chiefs edged the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 at Kansas City, Mo.Mahomes finished with 377 yards passing, going 35 of 53 with two touchdowns against the NFL's top-ranked defense as the Chiefs (11-2) clinched a berth in the playoffs while retaining the best record in the AFC.The Ravens (7-6) did not score in response to the Chiefs' overtime field goal.Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson was injured in overtime after getting sacked by Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston. Faced with two snaps from the Baltimore 41-yard line, backup quarterback Robert Griffin III could not engineer a first down, throwing two incompletions.A strip-sack by linebacker Justin Houston with 38 seconds remaining gave the Chiefs a chance to win with a field goal but a 43-yard boot by Butker sailed wide as time expired, prompting the OT.With Kansas City trailing by seven in the fourth quarter, Mahomes heaved a 48-yard pass across his body to wide receiver Tyreek Hill to convert a fourth down before connecting with running back Damien Williams for a 5-yard touchdown with 53 seconds remaining.
Chiefs waive DE Jenkins to make room for Benjamin
The Kansas City Chiefs waived defensive end Jarvis Jenkins to add wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the roster, the team announced Friday.Jenkins, 30, has been with the Chiefs the last three seasons and was a rotational player for them. He's totaled 20 tackles and one sack in 30 career games (one start) with the Chiefs.With the trade deadline past, Jenkins is subject to waivers. If he's not picked up in the next 24 hours, he'll be free to sign with any club.
Report: Chiefs WR Watkins out until playoffs
The Kansas City Chiefs could be without wide receiver Sammy Watkins for up to three more weeks, according to a Kansas City Star report on Friday.Watkins has missed three of the last four games with a foot injury and reportedly re-injured the foot in Thursday's practice. He's expected to miss Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens and be evaluated week-to-week after that.NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Watkins is likely out until the start of the playoffs.In 10 games this season, Watkins has 40 catches for 519 yards and three scores.Free-agent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was signed on Thursday, two days after being waived by the Buffalo Bills.
Reports: Cleveland police reviewing Hunt incident
Police in Cleveland have launched an internal investigation to determine how the NFL got the police report for the Feb. 10 incident involving ex-Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, according to multiple reports Wednesday.News of the fight between Hunt and a 19-year-old woman gained renewed attention last Friday when TMZ posted surveillance video from a downtown Cleveland hotel that shows Hunt shoving the woman and then kicking her while she is on the ground. The Chiefs released Hunt hours after the video was made public.The city released records that show the NFL didn't ask for police reports until the video surfaced. But Wednesday, the city said that an unidentified Cleveland police offer gave the report to the NFL, according to TMZ."Following an internal review, it has been determined that in February 2018 a member of the Cleveland Division of Police provided a copy of the police report involving the February 10, 2018 assault incident at The 9 to a representative from the National Football League," per a statement to TMZ. "The report did not go through the official public records request process."
Report: Chiefs host WR Benjamin
Free agent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is visiting the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, two days the Buffalo Bills waived him.ESPN first reported the interest from the Chiefs, who are led at the position by Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins -- though Watkins has missed three of the last four games with a foot injury.Kansas City leads the NFL in scoring (37 points per game) and yards per play (7.03).Benjamin, a first-round pick in 2014, was released despite the steep cost to the Bills in acquiring him from the Carolina Panthers. The Bills gave up third- and seventh-round picks to land Benjamin from the Panthers at the trade deadline last season.But the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Benjamin struggled to fit in with the Bills, making just 39 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns in 18 total games with the club. He has 23 catches for 354 yards and one score in 12 games this season.
Ravens plan to put brakes on Mahomes, Chiefs
A league-leading scoring average of 37 points provides a potential advantage for the Kansas City Chiefs where it matters most -- the scoreboard.Let Andy Reid elaborate."It always comes down to, and don't slight the defense here, because that's important, but the thing is based on a points system,'' said the Chiefs coach, who needs one more win to tie Marty Schottenheimer (205) for seventh on the all-time NFL wins list."Whoever scores the most wins the game. I don't know any more than that. That's what you try to do. It's pretty simple, right? I'll leave it at that."The Baltimore Ravens (7-5) intend to do anything to complicate such simplicity. They rank first defensively in the NFL, allowing 281.7 yards and 17.8 points. The Ravens will visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday looking to end an eight-game home win streak for the Chiefs, who at 10-2 own the best record in the AFC.The matchup looms as a difficult test for both Kansas City units.Although Patrick Mahomes has been lights out as a first-year starter, the Chiefs quarterback figures to see a variety of blitzes from schemes the Ravens effectively disguise.Defensively, the Chiefs have struggled all season, allowing 33 points and 171 rushing yards last week to the woeful Oakland Raiders. Now, Kansas City faces a Baltimore offense that has won three straight with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, rushing for 716 yards over that span while controlling the clock an average of 37-plus minutes.A stingy Baltimore defense, led by the likes of defensive end Terrell Suggs and linebacker C.J. Mosley, factors into the possession advantage.Ravens coach John Harbaugh, however, realizes Mahomes presents a big-play threat with 43 passes of 25-plus yards and 41 touchdown strikes.
Report: Chiefs bringing back former RB West
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to sign former running back Charcandrick West, according to multiple reports on Monday.The team worked out West -- who played for K.C. from 2014 until his release in August -- and C.J. Anderson on Monday. Multiple outlets reported Anderson had a good workout and could be an option down the line, but the Chiefs opted for West due to his familiarity with the playbook and experience on special teams.West, 27, had 1,551 total yards and 12 total touchdowns on 341 touches from 2015-17, including 848 yards and five scores while he made nine starts during the 2015 season. He signed with the Jets after being released by the Chiefs during training camp but did not make New York's 53-man roster.Anderson, 27, appeared in nine games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season before he was released three weeks ago. After signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Carolina prior to the season, Anderson had 104 yards and no touchdowns on 24 carries in a diminished role behind Christian McCaffrey. He also had one reception, a 24-yard TD.The Chiefs got a good look at Anderson the previous five years when he played for one of their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos. In 58 games (36 starts) for Denver, Anderson ran 717 times for 3,155 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 103 catches for 859 yards and four scores.
Report: NFL mulls suspending Hunt into next season
The NFL is mulling a multi-game suspension for former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt that could last into the 2019 season, ESPN reported Tuesday.Hunt was also involved in an altercation at a restaurant last June, an incident the NFL was aware of and questioned the running back about. However, TMZ reported Monday that Hunt was involved in a violent incident last January at a nightclub in Kansas City, an altercation the NFL did not previously know about, ESPN reports.In that incident, TMZ reported that Hunt and others -- including then-Chiefs running back George Atkinson -- beat a man to the point of unconsciousness at a nightclub in Kansas City on Jan. 11.The NFL placed Hunt, the 2017 rushing leader, on the commissioner's exempt list while it investigates all three incidents, meaning Hunt is unable to play for any team that might sign him. The Chiefs released Hunt last week after the video surfaced of him kicking then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.Hunt went unclaimed on waivers Monday and is officially a free agent.
Reports: Chiefs will talk with free agent RBs
Looking to fill the vacancy left by the sudden release of Kareem Hunt on Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly will bring in at least one option on Monday.Free agent running backs C.J. Anderson and Charcandrick West both will visit the Chiefs on Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday. Pro Football Talk cited a league source saying that the Chiefs intend to sign Anderson if he passes his physical exam.Anderson, 27, appeared in nine games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season before he was released three weeks ago. After signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Carolina prior to the season, Anderson produced 104 yards and no touchdowns on 24 carries. He also had one reception, which went for a 24-yard TD.The Chiefs got a good look at Anderson the previous five years when he played for one of their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos. In 58 games (36 starts) for Denver, Anderson ran 717 times for 3,155 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 103 catches for 859 yards and four scores.West, 27, has played four seasons in the NFL, all with the Chiefs, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. In 49 career games, West has 266 carries for 999 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 75 receptions for 552 yards and five TDs.
Mahomes throws four TDs as Chiefs hold off Raiders
Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes in the first three quarters and a fourth with 1:54 remaining Sunday afternoon, allowing the Kansas City Chiefs to build a big lead and then hold off a late rally by the host Oakland Raiders for a 40-33 victory.Playing for the first time since their record-setting loss to the Los Angeles Rams and without Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs (10-2) put up 30 or more points for the 10th time this season and 40-plus for a fifth time en route to their AFC-best 10th win.Oakland (2-10) joined neighboring San Francisco (2-10) as the NFL's first 10-loss teams.Mahomes threw 3- and 6-yard touchdown passes to Travis Kelce and a 13-yarder to Demetrius Harris, the latter building a 33-16 lead with four seconds remaining in the third period.Derek Carr connected on a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes -- a 1-yarder to Lee Smith and a 9-yarder to Marcell Ateman -- to get Oakland within 33-30 with still 6:46 to play.But Mahomes drove the Chiefs 75 yards in 10 plays for the clinching score, a 2-yard TD pass to Chris Conley to give Kansas City a two-score advantage.The Raiders managed to get back within 40-33 on Daniel Carlson's second field goal of the game, a 44-yarder with 30 seconds left. But Kansas City recovered an attempted onside kick and was able to run out the clock.Mahomes finished 23 for 38 for 295 yards and the four scores.With Hunt's release on Friday -- after the emergence of video showing him shoving and kicking a woman in an offseason incident -- Mahomes also led Kansas City in rushing with 52 yards on nine carries.