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Report: Chiefs add DT Pennel, release McClain

Report: Chiefs add DT Pennel, release McClain

The Kansas City Chiefs have swapped defensive tackles, signing Mike Pennel and releasing Terrell McClain, according to a report Saturday from ESPN.Pennel, 28, has yet to appear in a game this season, released by the New England Patriots in August. For his career, he has appeared in 69 games (15 starts) between the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets.McClain, 31, only appeared in two games with the Chiefs after signing earlier this month. Before that, he had not played since being released by the Arizona Cardinals after the preseason.
Mahomes' injury impacts MVP, Chiefs' SB odds

Mahomes' injury impacts MVP, Chiefs' SB odds

Sportsbooks quickly moved to update the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl odds as news surfaced Friday that quarterback Patrick Mahomes' knee injury is not expected to be season-ending.Mahomes left Thursday night's victory over the Denver Broncos after suffering a dislocated right kneecap. As the team awaited the results of an MRI exam, Caesers was among the sportsbooks to temporarily remove the Chiefs from their Super Bowl futures table.The Chiefs were being offered at around +800 odds by most books before the injury. With Mahomes now expected to miss around three games, PointsBet is offering Kansas City at +1000 and DraftKings at +1100.K.C. throttled Denver 30-6 behind backup Matt Moore and remains in control of the AFC West at 5-2. The big question will be how Moore and the Chiefs weather the next month with home games against Green Bay and Minnesota followed by road trips to Tennessee and then Mexico City to face the Chargers before Kansas City's bye week.Home-field advantage could be up for grabs during that stretch, with Baltimore and Houston both entering their Week 7 games atop their respective divisions at 4-2.
Reports: Chiefs QB Mahomes (knee) to miss limited time

Reports: Chiefs QB Mahomes (knee) to miss limited time

An MRI exam confirmed Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes dislocated his right kneecap in Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos, but he sustained no other significant damage, according to multiple reports on Friday.ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing league sources, tweeted that the MRI result was a "best-case scenario." That means a limited absence for the reigning league Most Valuable Player of "about three games," Schefter reported.With his team up 13-6 and facing a fourth-and-1 at the Denver 5-yard line with 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Mahomes ran a sneak to convert the first down.But Mahomes remained on the ground, and when trainers came out, they appeared to be straightening his right knee. Mahomes was able to walk off the field with assistance, then once he was off the field, was able to walk without assistance down the tunnel toward the locker room.The 24-year-old quarterback entered the game playing on a tender left ankle he sprained in the season opener and aggravated several times, including Sunday in a home loss to the Houston Texans.The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 30-6 on Thursday to move to 5-2 and retain their lead in the AFC West.Mahomes began the night leading the NFL with 2,104 passing yards. He was 10-of-11 passing for 76 yards and a touchdown before exiting versus Denver.
Chiefs overcome Mahomes’ injury to crush Broncos

Chiefs overcome Mahomes’ injury to crush Broncos

Despite a knee injury midway through the second quarter that forced quarterback Patrick Mahomes to miss the remainder of the game Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs smothered the host Denver Broncos 30-6.Mahomes, who had been hobbled much of the season by a left ankle sprain, hurt his right knee executing a sneak on fourth-and-inches from the Denver 5 with the Chiefs leading 13-6 in the second quarter.The reigning Most Valuable Player of the NFL was helped off the field, then walked to the locker room before he was ruled out after completing 10 of 11 passes for 76 yards and one touchdown.Backup quarterback Matt Moore, a 12-year veteran who did not play in 2018, took over as the Chiefs (5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with their eighth straight victory over the AFC West rival Broncos (2-5).Moore passed for 117 yards and delivered a backbreaking 57-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill with 4:20 left in the third quarter for a 27-6 margin.Kansas City relied mostly, though, on a much-maligned defense ranked 28th in the NFL. The Chiefs recorded nine sacks while allowing 205 total yards and two conversions on 16 third- and fourth-down attempts.Their most disruptive play came when linebacker Anthony Hitchens recorded a strip/sack of Denver quarterback Joe Flacco that teammate Reggie Ragland returned 5 yards for a touchdown with 7:10 remaining in the first half for a 20-6 lead.
Chiefs' Mahomes hurts knee, out of Broncos game

Chiefs' Mahomes hurts knee, out of Broncos game

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, left Thursday night's game against the Broncos in Denver after suffering what appeared to be a right knee injury on a quarterback sneak.Shortly after leaving the game, Fox's Erin Andrews announced the Chiefs ruled Mahomes out for the game after the 24-year-old spent only a couple of minutes in the X-ray room.With his team up 13-6 and facing a fourth-and-1 at the Denver 5-yard line with 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Mahomes ran a sneak to convert the first down.But Mahomes remained on the ground, and when trainers came out, they appeared to be straightening his right knee. Mahomes was able to walk off the field with assistance, then once he was off the field, was able to walk without assistance down the tunnel toward the locker room.
Chiefs WR Watkins (hamstring) ruled out vs. Broncos

Chiefs WR Watkins (hamstring) ruled out vs. Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been ruled out for Thursday's road game against the Denver Broncos, the team announced.Watkins sustained a hamstring injury during the first quarter of Kansas City's 19-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 6.The 26-year-old Watkins, who sat out the Chiefs' 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday, has 23 receptions for 365 yards with three touchdowns this season.Kansas City left tackle Eric Fisher will miss his fifth straight game after having core muscle surgery, and left guard Andrew Wylie will sit out his second consecutive week due to a groin injury.Defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin) and cornerback Kendall Fuller (thumb) have also been ruled out for Thursday's game. Both sustained their injuries in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
Report: Chiefs CB Fuller has fractured thumb

Report: Chiefs CB Fuller has fractured thumb

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller fractured his thumb during Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Tuesday.Fuller is seeking additional medical opinions and it's not clear if he will be available for Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos.Fuller, 24, has a recent history of quick recoveries. He missed only one game last season following wrist surgery.Fuller has 31 tackles and one sack in six games (four starts) this season. He tallied 82 tackles and two interceptions in 15 starts in his first season with the Chiefs in 2018.
Battered Chiefs seek fixes at Denver on short week

Battered Chiefs seek fixes at Denver on short week

The only road trip for the Kansas City Chiefs in a span of five games figured to come with a nice cushion in the AFC West.Instead, the Chiefs (4-2) faltered with consecutive home defeats for the first time since 2015. On Thursday they visit a division rival, the Denver Broncos (2-4), who are on a two-game win streak and beginning to muster defensive might under first-year coach Vic Fangio."With all of the parity in the National Football League, it's not always a huge thing," head coach Andy Reid said when asked if Kansas City's mounting weaknesses are alarming. "It's the small things that add up on you. You have to fix those."To sort out the issues completely, some arithmetic is involved.The Chiefs' defense has allowed 180 or more rushing yards in each of the last four games and ranks 30th in the NFL in total rushing (161.8 yards per game) and yards per carry (5.16). Their rush offense has generated just 36 and 53 yards in each of the last two games.Based on those numbers, linemen are not winning matchups either way, leading to possession shortages. The Chiefs held the ball for 20:12 of their game Sunday, a 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans, after just 22:45 of possession in Week 5 against Indianapolis.Injuries have also factored into the unexpected swoon. Five starters missed the game against the Texans, including key tackles Eric Fisher (groin) on offense and Chris Jones (groin) on defense. Neither is expected to play in Denver on a quick turnaround. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is a possibility, but cornerback Kendall Fuller is uncertain after fracturing his thumb.Although it obviously stings to miss players, another problematic ailment is quarterback Patrick Mahomes hobbling on a tender ankle he sprained in the season opener and aggravated against the Colts. The reigning MVP has not been sharp the last two weeks, though his coach says the QB's confidence remains intact."I'm not telling you that it doesn't bother him, but it's not something that's hindering him like that," Reid said.Expect Denver to apply pressure. The Broncos are coming off a 16-0 shutout of the Tennessee Titans and recorded seven sacks and six takeaways in their back-to-back wins.
Texans control clock, stun Chiefs

Texans control clock, stun Chiefs

Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 280 yards and accounted for three touchdowns Sunday as the Texans handled the Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 at Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday.Watson and the Texans executed 83 plays, 36 more than Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (4-2), who suffered a second straight defeat at home for the first time since 2013. Houston (4-2) rolled to 472 total yards, using six drives of 10 plays or more.The Texans overcame three turnovers. Their decisive score, a 1-yard rush by Watson with 6:17 left came on a 93-yard drive that lasted more than eight minutes. Watson added 42 yards rushing.Carlos Hyde, who was traded by the Chiefs in the preseason, paced a 192-yard rushing assault for Houston with 116 yards on 26 attempts. The Texans enjoyed a 19-minute, 36-second advantage in possession.Mahomes passed for 273 yards, just 41 in the second half. He threw for three TDs but was held to fewer than 300 yards passing for the first time this season.Watson engineered three second-quarter touchdowns, throwing for one and rushing for another, to boost Houston to a 23-17 halftime lead. The last score, a 3-yard keeper, came with 16 seconds left after the Texans recovered the ball on a strip-sack of Mahomes. Each team generated two first-half turnovers.
Report: Chiefs WR Hill could play, Watkins out

Report: Chiefs WR Hill could play, Watkins out

Kansas City Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill has a "serious chance" to return from a clavicle injury on Sunday against the visiting Houston Texans, ESPN reported late Saturday night.Per the report, Hill will test the shoulder out pregame to see how he feels before making a final decision. Meanwhile, Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is not expected to play, after being listed as doubtful.Hill hurt his collarbone in the season opener at Jacksonville and has missed the last four games. Watkins left last week's game against the Colts after just two snaps.
WR Hill could be cleared for Chiefs

WR Hill could be cleared for Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill could return from a clavicle injury this weekend if tests go well Friday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.Hill has missed the past four games after suffering the injury in the season opener."They are going to scan the bone, make sure that it has healed properly, make sure it's safe for him to be out there," Rapoport said of the Chiefs.Hill has been a limited participant in practice this week.
Mahomes: Ankle injury will not limit mobility vs. Texans

Mahomes: Ankle injury will not limit mobility vs. Texans

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Wednesday that he won't be slowed by an ailing ankle in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.Mahomes aggravated a left ankle injury in last Sunday night's 19-13 loss to Indianapolis. The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player initially sustained the injury in the Chiefs' 40-26 season-opening victory over Jacksonville on Sept. 8."I actually feel pretty good today," Mahomes said on Wednesday. "I feel like after the (Colts) game, it was sore after the game. But it's feeling pretty good today so I'm glad to be able to go out there and practice on it and get it moving around and stuff like that. I feel like I'll be fine playing and moving around and still doing what I need to do to win."It's not perfect. I guess you would say that. But it's good enough where I can run, cut, cut off of it and do all that type of stuff."Mahomes didn't miss a snap versus the Colts, completing 22 of 39 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 17 yards on three carries. The 24-year-old has completed 128 of 195 passes for 1,831 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions this season.Chiefs coach Andy Reid is being cautious with Mahomes' primary target in speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who has been sidelined since sustaining a right clavicle injury in the season opener. Reid said Hill's level of participation this week in practice will be determined on "purely how he feels."
Kelce expresses regret over shoving coach

Kelce expresses regret over shoving coach

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce told reporters Wednesday that he regretted shoving offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on the sideline Sunday night as the team was in the midst of suffering its first loss of the season."I mean, we're good," Kelce said."We've moved on as a team from last game. Me and Coach Bieniemy have a very close relationship. I love him. He's helped me out tremendously as a person, as a professional, and I'm sure he'll keep doing that throughout the rest of my career."Just what happened on the sideline, sometimes in football you get a little heated with your brothers or your coaches. Sometimes you've just got to rally the family together and let everybody know that we're in this together to win a game.During the second quarter of the Chiefs' 19-13 loss to the visiting Indianapolis Colts, NBC cameras caught Kelce and Bieniemy talking before Kelce shoved the coach as he appeared to grow irritated.
Battered Chiefs vulnerable vs. run as Texans visit

Battered Chiefs vulnerable vs. run as Texans visit

The Kansas City Chiefs are not only searching for how to contain the run. They must also hope that quarterback Patrick Mahomes cannot be contained to the pocket.Those conclusions were apparent in the Chiefs' first loss of the season, and both aspects remain concerns as Kansas City (4-1) prepares for a Sunday matchup against the Houston Texans (3-2) in Kansas City, Mo."It's no mystery what teams are coming in here to do,'' Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark said. "They are seeing 150 yards (allowed rushing). When you see things like that, it excites you as an offense.''That's especially true when Kansas City's inability to blunt opposing rushers keeps Mahomes from executing as many plays. As it is, the mobility of the NFL's reigning MVP has been limited by a tender left ankle he aggravated Sunday in a 19-13 prime-time loss to Indianapolis.The Chiefs' average yield of 155.8 rushing yards ranks 30th in the NFL, and their yards per carry permitted (5.30) ranks 31st. Opponents have rushed for 203, 186 and 180 yards in the last three games. And now the defense is without its top playmaker, tackle Chris Jones (groin) for at least a week. Another starting lineman, Xavier Williams (ankle), is also out, having landed on injured reserve. The team signed Terrell McClain this week for depth.Expect the Texans to exploit the vulnerable Kansas City run defense. They rank 10th with a 129.4-yard rushing average and ninth with a 5.05 per-carry average behind a pair of offseason acquisitions, Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson."They run hard, they're smart, they know what we're trying to do with them,'' Houston coach Bill O'Brien said. "They try to go out there on Sundays and execute as best as they can, being fairly new in the system. They've both helped us quite a bit.''Protection for quarterback Deshaun Watson is spotty considering the Texans have allowed 18 sacks, though Houston kept Watson entirely clean on Sunday, and the Chiefs' battered defensive front could have trouble applying conventional pressure.Mahomes, meanwhile, was sacked more times (four) in the loss to Indianapolis than he had been in the previous four games (three). If his mobility remains limited, Mahomes' capabilities diminish, especially with his top wide receivers, Tyreek Hill (collarbone) and Sammy Watkins (hamstring) ailing.
Reports: Chiefs inking DT McClain, OL Wisniewski

Reports: Chiefs inking DT McClain, OL Wisniewski

The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with veteran defensive tackle Terrell McClain, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Kansas City also will sign veteran offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski.McClain, 31, has not played since being released by the Arizona Cardinals after the preseason.A 2011 third-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers, McClain played with six teams in the past eight seasons.McClain played with the Atlanta Falcons last season, when he had nine tackles (eight solo) in 13 games, including five starts.
Reid on Mahomes (ankle): 'I think he's going to be OK'

Reid on Mahomes (ankle): 'I think he's going to be OK'

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid downplayed the left ankle injury sustained by quarterback Patrick Mahomes during Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts."Tweaked it just a little bit. I think he's going to be OK," Reid said of the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player. "He was pretty good at the end there. We'll see how that goes."Mahomes didn't miss a snap in the 19-13 setback to the Colts, completing 22 of 39 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 17 yards on three carries."Just re-aggravated it a little bit there in the first half and then got stepped on in the second half," Mahomes said. "Obviously it's going to be a little sore (on Monday). But for me, just kind of going into treatment and getting it better so I can be prepared for next week."
Colts shut down Mahomes, hand Chiefs first loss

Colts shut down Mahomes, hand Chiefs first loss

Marlon Mack rushed for 132 yards on 29 carries Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts controlled the clock with a potent run game and shocked the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 at Kansas City, Mo.Mack led a 180-yard ground attack that enabled the Colts (3-2) to control the football for 37-plus minutes on 45 rushes. They kept Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Chiefs (4-1) from finding any rhythm.Mahomes turned his ankle in the first half and aggravated the injury while playing on it in the second half. He passed for 321 yards but was sacked four times. The Chiefs committed 11 penalties for 125 yards and scored just three points over the final 44-plus minutes.The outcome left the New England Patriots (5-0) and San Francisco 49ers (3-0) as the only unbeaten teams in the NFL.Justin Houston, a former All-Pro linebacker for Kansas City, helped with the Colts' defensive effort, recording a fourth-down tackle to stop the Chiefs at their 33 with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The young Colts defense played without two starting safeties and last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year in the NFL, Darius Leonard.Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett engineered the upset, completing 18 of 29 passes for 151 yards.
Chiefs WR Hill out, RB Williams to return Sunday

Chiefs WR Hill out, RB Williams to return Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will miss a fourth consecutive game with a clavicle injury despite positive signs this week that he could be nearing a return.The Chiefs did get some good news as head coach Andy Reid said that running back Damien Williams is expected to play Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts. He missed the past two games with a knee injury.Hill, who has not played since a season-opening victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, returned to practice this week, but Reid said Friday that the wideout remains on the mend.
Mahomes, unbeaten Chiefs host Colts on Sunday night

Mahomes, unbeaten Chiefs host Colts on Sunday night

Patrick Mahomes missed on some throws, suffered his third-worst pass efficiency rating and did not pass for a touchdown last week.Yet the Kansas City quarterback came away feeling even more confident about his unworldly abilities and the upside possessed by his team after executing a decisive touchdown drive in the final minute to beat the Detroit Lions.The reward for the Chiefs (4-0) will be their first prime-time appearance of the season on Sunday night, when they welcome the Indianapolis Colts (2-2) to Kansas City, Mo."You're not always going to win by throwing touchdowns. You're going to have to find a way to win by one score at the end of the game," Mahomes said of his 315-yard passing performance at Detroit."In the meat of the schedule, we're going to be put in that situation in more and more games. To find a way to win will help us out in the long run."Mahomes, in just his second season as a starter, has already proven himself to be a capable winner after steering the Chiefs to home-field advantage last season in the AFC playoffs.He stands 18-5, including postseason play and a victory over the Colts last year in the divisional round. Kansas City already enjoys a two-game lead in the AFC West, a division it captured each of the past three years.So, it is easy to overlook that Mahomes, who turned 24 last month, can still improve."He's a unique talent; he's fun to watch," Colts coach Frank Reich said. "We respect that, and like I've said before, we respect who he is off the field. Make no mistake, though, everybody can be beat in this league, not matter how good you are, and he's great."Injuries have left several in the Colts' young defense banged up, including safety Malik Hooker, who is out with a knee injury. Safety Clayton Geathers and linebacker Darius Leonard are each dealing with concussions, though Leonard returned to practice in preparation for the Chiefs.The injuries pose obvious concerns when facing Mahomes, especially after the Colts recorded just one sack in their last two games.
Chiefs WR Hill, RB Williams return to practice

Chiefs WR Hill, RB Williams return to practice

The Kansas City Chiefs' offense got two key players back at practice on Wednesday, as wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Damien Williams were both present.Hill, who hadn't practiced since injuring his collarbone in Week 1 at Jacksonville, got in a limited session. Williams, who hurt his knee in Week 2 and hadn't practiced since, was a full participant on Wednesday. Head coach Andy Reid declined to commit to either player returning Sunday night, when the Chiefs host the Colts.Reports originally gave Hill a timetable of 6-to-8 weeks for a return, but he was seen out of his sling and dribbling a basketball at the Chiefs' facility two weeks ago.The 25-year-old had two catches for 16 yards in the opener before getting hurt. Last season, he had 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning first-team All-Pro honors.Williams, 27, struggled through two games this season, posting 34 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries (1.5 average), along with nine catches for 87 yards. He took over as the starter last season after the release of Kareem Hunt, breaking out with a four-touchdown game in the AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots.