Report: Chiefs S Berry could practice this week
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry could return to practice this week, NFL Network reported Monday.A right heel injury kept Berry out the first two games of the 2018 season. He's the league's highest-paid safety.Kansas City ranks first in the NFL in points per game but is dead last at No. 32 in total defense through two games.
Mahomes' 6 TDs lead Chiefs past Steelers
In a game with wild swings and pass-happy quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes threw for 326 yards and six touchdowns Sunday to lead the Kansas City Chiefs past the host Pittsburgh Steelers 42-37.The Chiefs (2-0) blew a three-touchdown lead, went back up by 14 points and held on.Kansas City's Travis Kelce had 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Mahomes has set a NFL record with 10 touchdown passes through the first two games of a season, and he finished with more touchdowns than incompletions (five).Ben Roethlisberger was 39-of-60 passing for 452 yards and three touchdowns, and he rushed for another, for Pittsburgh (0-1-1). Jesse James had 138 receiving yards with a touchdown, and JuJu Smith-Schuster 121 yards and a touchdown.It was the Chiefs' turn to score in the first quarter.Mahomes' first scoring pass came 1:55 into the game, 15 yards to Chris Conley. Kelce was up next, a 19-yard touchdown reception over the middle and a 14-0 lead with 9:08 left in the first.Pittsburgh's Chris Boswell missed a 49-yard field goal, and Kansas City said thank you with a 61-yard, six-play drive ending with Mahomes' 5-yard scoring pass to Kareem Hunt to make it 21-0.It was Pittsburgh's turn in the second quarter.Roethlisberger targeted James for a 26-yard touchdown in the first minute of the quarter, and he had a 2-yard scoring pass to Smith-Schuster. Boswell missed the extra point, leaving it 21-13.
Steelers impressed by Mahomes as Chiefs visit
Arguably, the Kansas City Chiefs' tandem of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and receiver Tyreek Hill last week outplayed Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back James Conner.That sets up a marquee matchup when the teams meet Sunday at Heinz Field.Mahomes was 15 of 27 for 256 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions as the Chiefs (1-0) opened the 2018 season with a 38-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. One of the 22-year-old quarterback's favorite targets was Hill, who had seven catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns, plus a 91-yard punt return for another six points."He does a nice job," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Hill. "He's fast, and he's quick. He's surrounded by some good guys, so it's hard to double him."Hill turned things around onto Mahomes, who was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance."He's very comfortable," Hill said. "Every time Pat steps into the huddle, he's very confident. He's like, 'OK guys, let's drive this ball down their throat.' As a receiver or as a tight end or as a line, we're like, 'OK, we've got a great leader in our huddle.'"The Steelers (0-0-1), coming off a 21-21 tie at Cleveland, certainly took notice of Mahomes."He's a young guy," said linebacker T.J. Watt, the AFC Defensive Player of the Week who had three sacks and 10 tackles against the Browns."He's got a good arm. He can also get out of the pocket. ... I think we've just got to let him know we're there early and make him stay in the pocket and make him use his arm strength."Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion, doesn't have to prove himself, but he could use a steadier game this week. He threw for 335 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland, but his three interceptions accounted for half of Pittsburgh's six turnovers.Conner had a costly turnover on a fumble, a blemish on an otherwise strong first NFL start. Replacing Le'Veon Bell, who has not reported or signed the Steelers' franchise tag tender and has been removed from the depth chart, Conner rushed for 135 yards and his first two career touchdowns.The Steelers led 21-7 and had the ball with 7:44 left in regulation, so the outcome didn't feel like a tie.
Chiefs defeat Chargers for ninth straight time
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes made his debut Sunday as Kansas City's starting quarterback and passed for 256 yards and four touchdowns as the Chiefs toppled the host Los Angeles Chargers 38-28 in Carson, Calif.Mahomes went 15-for-27 as the two-time AFC West champions won their ninth straight game over the Chargers.Kansas City moved up 17 spots to draft Mahomes 10th overall in 2017. He then sat a year ago behind Alex Smith.Mahomes immediately showed off chemistry developed with speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who had seven catches for 169 yards, while scoring three touchdowns.After the Chargers stalled on their first series, Hill returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead before two minutes had elapsed.When the Chiefs' offense got the ball for the first time, Mahomes connected with Hill on a 58-yard scoring bomb to go up 14-3. Another 30-yard catch gave Hill a whopping 179 all-purpose yards in just the first quarter, when he was also subjected to concussion protocol.Los Angeles, a preseason pick by some to end Kansas City's division reign, proved capable on offense with 541 total yards and 33 first downs. Nonetheless, the Chargers were hurt by long fields, drops, costly penalties and two turnovers.Quarterback Philip Rivers entered his 13th season as the Chargers' starting quarterback and responded with 424 yards passing and three touchdowns, going 34 of 51 with one interception.
Chiefs' Berry (heel) still out, concern growing
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry missed practice again Thursday, and NFL Network reports the Chiefs are concerned about the right heel issue that has kept him out since mid-August.Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network the injury is "kind of related" to the Achilles tear that kept Berry out for all but one game in 2017."It is something that is concerning," Rapoport added. "No timetable on when he will back, but from those who have watched him work out, he seems a little different. He seems not quite right."Berry, 29, did not play in the preseason and hasn't practiced since Aug. 14. His current issue is in his right heel, as opposed to the left Achilles he tore in the 2017 opener, but Berry also had soreness in his right heel last preseason, which could have factored in the season-ending injury to the other foot.Head coach Andy Reid has labeled Berry as day-to-day, saying only "we'll see" when asked if he'll play in Sunday's opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he appears unlikely to suit up at the moment.
Mahomes, Chiefs hope to stay hot against Chargers
The upside the Kansas City Chiefs noticed when they moved up 17 spots to draft Patrick Mahomes as the 10th overall pick in 2017 was displayed in the preseason.Playing an exhibition in Atlanta, Mahomes winged a 69-yard touchdown pass to speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The bomb sailed 68.6 yards in the air, almost 7 yards longer than the largest distance on a completion last year in the NFL.Last year happened to be when Mahomes apprenticed for the Chiefs as a backup behind Alex Smith. On Sunday, his turn at quarterback begins in earnest when Kansas City travels to Los Angeles to play the AFC West-rival Chargers at StubHub Center.The Chiefs added offseason acquisition Sammy Watkins alongside talented weapons such as Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt. The mobile Mahomes has advised all of them to never quit on a play."You have to be able to attack the whole entire field at all times,'' said Mahomes, just the third quarterback Kansas City ever drafted in the first round and the first since 1983."I feel like times when you get behind the defenses, they have kind of a clock in their head, and so they know the quarterback is supposed to be down and they sort of stop running a little bit. Then I tell our receivers to keep running because I can always throw it past those guys and they can make plays.''Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers feels he too can make plays with the "diverse group'' he engineers for Los Angeles."It's like, ‘All right, look out. Whose week is it?''' Rivers said. "We don't know, and guys are excited when it's the other guy's turn.''The mainstays from that unit, running back Melvin Gordon and wide receiver Keenan Allen remain certifiable threats. A veteran the Chargers informed would not be brought back for this season, tight end Antonio Gates, finds himself in the fold again after Hunter Henry tore his anterior cruciate ligament during offseason practicesThe Chiefs are two-time defending AFC West champions and own an eight-game win streak over the Chargers. Overall, Kansas City has won 18 of its last 20 matchups against division rivals."That's all history. Right now is what counts,'' cautioned Chiefs coach Andy Reid. "We have to get ourselves ready for a good team.''
Chiefs S Berry (heel) misses practice
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry's availability for Sunday's regular-season opener remains in doubt after he missed Wednesday's practice with a sore heel.Head coach Andy Reid has labeled Berry, who is returning from a ruptured Achilles suffered in the 2017 season opener, as day-to-day, while saying "we'll see" when asked if he'll play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers."It is literally day-to-day," trainer Rick Burkholder reiterated to reporters Wednesday. "He won't practice today, but he's spent a lot of time with us, he's improving, he's getting better every day. And so we'll continue with that process."
Chiefs sign OL Erving to two-year extension
The Kansas City Chiefs signed offensive lineman Cameron Erving to an extension on Tuesday, the team announced.Terms were not announced, but multiple reports say it is a two-year extension worth up to $15.7 million based on playing-time incentives and includes $6.45 million guaranteed.Erving, a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2015, was entering the final year of his contract after his fifth-year option was declined and was set to make $1.72 million this year.The 26-year-old has played in 42 games (21 starts) through three seasons, seeing time at all five positions up front. He saw action in 13 games (four starts) in his first year with the Chiefs last season, playing right guard and left tackle, after being acquired for a fifth-round pick last August.
Chiefs rely on passing game to beat Packers
Wide receiver Byron Pringle caught four passes for 122 yards, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied for a 33-21 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.The Chiefs outscored the Packers 16-0 in the second half. Quarterbacks Chase Litton (13 of 21 for 166 yards), Matt McGloin (10 of 18 for 127 yards, 1 TD) and Chad Henne (4 of 5 for 33 yards, 1 TD) combined for 326 passing yards, compared with 71 yards on the ground for Kansas City.Packers quarterback Tim Boyle completed 15 of 31 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Teammate DeShone Kizer completed five of seven passes for 57 yards, one touchdown and one pick.
Cowboys acquire OL Ehinger from Chiefs
The Dallas Cowboys traded cornerback Charvarius Ward to the Kansas City Chiefs for offensive lineman Parker Ehinger.Ravaged by injuries to their vaunted offensive line, the Cowboys were seeking offensive line help, particularly a player with experience at guard and center. Ehinger, a fourth-round pick in 2016, suffered a torn ACL as a rookie and started only one game last season (Week 17).
QB Daniel leads Bears over Chiefs, 27-20
The Chicago Bears sat most of their starters Saturday afternoon against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs but prevailed 27-20 at Soldier Field.Behind backup quarterback Chase Daniel, the Bears scored on drives of 60, 77 and 91 yards on their first three possessions. On those drives, Daniel completed 11 of 13 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, hitting seven receivers. He played the entire first half, ending with 15-of-18 passing for 198 yards.With the starters on the bench, the Bears' reserves took advantage of their chance to play. Rookie wide receiver Javon Wims, a seventh-round draft selection from Georgia, caught four passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. On one play, he took a short pass and converted it into a 54-yard gain.Daniel also found receiver Kevin White for a 29-yard touchdown.Kansas City took the opposite approach, playing young starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes into the third quarter. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 196 yards and a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt.The offense looked more season-ready for the Chiefs than the defense did. Daniel took advantage of the Kansas City secondary, which was missing the injured Eric Berry and Steven Nelson.
WR Hill says Chiefs will have NFL's best offense
Tyreek Hill doesn't lack for confidence.Kansas City's deep-threat wide receiver, buoyed by a strong performance in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears, boasted afterward that the Chiefs will have the best offense in the league this season."I know that we will be the best offense in this National Football League, without a doubt in my head," Hill said to NFL Network's Stacey Dales."We got the best tight end (Travis Kelce), the best running back (Kareem Hunt), we got two of the best deep-ball threat receivers -- Sammy Watkins addition, who can do it all -- great offensive line, Hall of Fame coach (Andy Reid). So the sky's the limit for us. It's up to us to put all the pieces together."The Chiefs also have second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes taking over after making just one start in 2017.Mahomes completed 18 of 24 passes for 196 yards in just over a half on Saturday, connecting on all eight of his attempts to Hill for 88 yards. He also threw passes to six other receivers and ran the ball twice for 11 yards.Kansas City ranked sixth in points scored last season at 25.9 per game, a full four points below the top-ranked Los Angeles Rams. The Chiefs were fifth in total offense at 375.4 yards per game, nearly 20 yards less than the New England Patriots at No. 1.
Chiefs release veteran RB West
The Kansas City Chiefs released veteran running back Charcandrick West on Wednesday, leaving Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware to share the bulk of the workload out of the backfield to begin the season.West, 27, had only 72 yards on 18 carries last season, but was a key member of the special teams.The 5-foot-10, 205-pound former Abilene Christian star posted career highs with 160 carries for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2015, adding 20 catches for 214 yards and a touchdown as a receiver.West, who missed the first two preseason games, was cleared from the concussion protocol on Tuesday. He was facing a stiff battle to make the team with the Chiefs also having veterans Damien Williams and Kerwynn Williams along with undrafted rookies Ray Lawry and Darrel Williams on the roster.
Veteran CB Scandrick signs with Chiefs
Veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced on Sunday.Scandrick was released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday and was immediately linked to the Chiefs, who were decimated at corner after last season.The deal is for one year and $1.5 million, according to according to multiple reports. Scandrick also received a $1 million bonus in his two-year deal with the Redskins before he was released.Scandrick, 31, was a fifth-round pick out of Boise State by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.During his 10 seasons in Dallas, he started 69 of 125 games he appeared in, making eight interceptions and forcing seven fumbles. He also had 64 passes defensed, 11.5 sacks and 362 total tackles.
Chiefs CB Nelson suffered concussion vs. Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs corner back Steven Nelson is being treated for a concussion after taking a knee to the head vs. the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.On a first-quarter play at the goal line, Nelson was injured when Falcons tight end Austin Hooper tried to hurdle the corner back and inadvertently kneed him in the head.Nelson left the game for evaluation and did not return.
Mahomes shows off arm as Kansas City wins in Atlanta
Patrick Mahomes showed why the Kansas City Chiefs handed him the keys to the offense. Tyreek Hill showed why that could be a problem for opposing defenses this season.Mahomes was 8 of 12 for 138 yards and one touchdown -- a 69-yard strike to Hill with 17 seconds left in the first half -- as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the host Atlanta Falcons 28-14 in a Week 2 preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Friday night.Mahomes, a second-year quarterback taking over for the departed Alex Smith, has a big arm that Andy Reid's offense in Kansas City has lacked since he arrived and has Chiefs fans dreaming of a high-powered offense with some of the fastest skill players in the league.
Johnny Robinson is one step closer to Canton.The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Friday the former Kansas City Chiefs safety has been selected as a senior finalist for the Class of 2019."I'm thr
Report: Chiefs put T Gordon on IR, sign Officer
The Kansas City Chiefs have put tackle Dillon Gordon on injured reserve, ending his season, according to reports.Gordon, 24, was listed as third string for the Chiefs and ended last season on their practice squad.Gordon was evaluated for the shoulder injury on Monday and missed the Chiefs' preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Thursday.The former LSU tight end entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016.
Report: Chiefs S Sorensen could miss start of season
Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen could miss the early part of the regular season because of a knee injury, according to an NFL.com report, but he appears to have avoided major injury.Head coach Andy Reid told reporters Sorensen, who missed practice Tuesday, hurt himself in a previous workout. NFL.com reported the prognosis could have been worse, but tests ruled out a torn anterior cruciate ligament for the fifth-year player.Sorensen, 28, started 14 games last season for the Chiefs and was expected to maintain a starting role alongside veteran teammate Eric Berry. He often played linebacker in the team's dime sub-package last season.Sorensen's injury could create an opportunity for fellow safety Eric Murray, a 2016 fourth-round pick who has appeared in 30 games but started only two. Others who will have a chance to compete for an early starting spot include Leon McQuay, a second-year player, as well as offseason addition and seven-year veteran Robert Golden.
Mahomes throws three more INTs at Chiefs practice
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes continued to show inconsistency in Wednesday's practice, tossing a trio of interceptions to bring his total to seven through six sessions at training camp.Per ESPN's Adam Teicher, one of Mahomes' interceptions on Wednesday came in the end zone, after he had an open lane to score with his feet but opted to throw late instead."That's the first thing I said when I came to the sideline: I could have run it," Mahomes told reporters. "[The coaches] said, 'Then just do it. Don't train bad habits.' ... That was the play that needed to be made on that one."Another interception was the result of the young quarterback calling the wrong play in the huddle."Being able to get in and out of the huddle, calling the right plays and then not making a bad play worse is something I've got to keep getting better at," Mahomes said. "I have to eliminate those mistakes. It's something that can be described as a learning process."Hopefully I make those mistakes now and don't make them in the game."Known for his strong arm and aggressive approach, Mahomes has made plenty of big plays in camp as well, including a long touchdown to Tyreek Hill on Wednesday. But there have been growing pains as he settles into the starting job that was vacated with the trade of careful-but-steady veteran Alex Smith."He had a few hiccups today," offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy told reporters of Mahomes. "But that's a part of the process. When you're young you need those hiccups because they become valuable lessons.