Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman retires from NFL
Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman announced Thursday that he is retiring from the NFL.Sherman, 32, played eight years with the Chiefs primarily as a blocker and a member of the special teams unit.Although he rushed for just 73 yards and one touchdown, Sherman caught 66 passes for 552 yards and four touchdowns across his 10 NFL seasons.
Attorney: Girl injured in Britt Reid crash awake, not talking
The attorney for the family of a girl severely injured in the accident involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid said Tuesday the 5-year-old likely has permanent brain damage and is not walking or talking.During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, lawyer Tom Porto said Ariel Young is awake but not speaking nearly a month after the "serious life-altering event." She suffered life-threatening injuries and continues to fight for her life, Porto said."She's awake, which is a huge development," Porto said on the morning show. "She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She's not walking -- it's a sad, sad, sad story."Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, told police he had two to three drinks prior to the crash on Feb. 4, three days before the team played in the Super Bowl in Tampa.Reid acknowledged to police he was driving the Dodge Ram truck that struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived to assist the driver of a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas. Reid's vehicle struck the Impala first before striking the Traverse, injuring Ariel and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse.Britt Reid's eyes were bloodshot and the officer smelled "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages," according to a police officer statement.
Chiefs hopeful Patrick Mahomes (toe) is ready by June
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to return from toe surgery in time to participate in the Chiefs' minicamp in June, general manager Brett Veach said Monday.Mahomes, 25, underwent surgery for turf toe on Feb. 10."It's a three-month recovery, so we're hopeful (he returns) somewhere around that mandatory minicamp, if we have it," Veach said. "We certainly think by training camp he'll be ready to go and we'll be smart with him."Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of Kansas City's 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in the 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.
Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz undergoes back surgery
Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz underwent back surgery on Wednesday and said that his "recovery process isn't too long."Schwartz posted pictures of himself in a hospital gown and face mask prior to the procedure on various social media accounts."Injury update: I'm getting surgery today," he wrote. "I was hoping to recover enough to get back for playoffs/Super Bowl but that didn't happen. It's time to address the issue. The recovery process isn't too long, which is nice. Looking forward to a healthy 2021!"Schwartz, 31, had his streak of 134 consecutive regular-season starts end after leaving the Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills with the back injury. It turned out to be season-ending even though Schwartz delayed surgery in case he could return for the postseason.Schwartz played his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2012-15) before joining Kansas City as a free agent.
Patrick Mahomes early favorite to win 2021 NFL MVP award
The dust has barely settled from Super Bowl LV and all eyes have turned back to Patrick Mahomes.Despite seeing his Kansas City Chiefs come up short in the big game last week, Mahomes has been installed as the early favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the 2021 season.Mahomes, who won the award in 2018, is listed at +500 by DraftKings.Mahomes, 25, is expected to be motivated after throwing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season before enduring one of the worst games of his NFL career in last Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Super Bowl LV.Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers resides at +800 to capture his fourth such award.Rodgers received 44 votes to earn his third career MVP award (2011, 2014) on Feb. 6. Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes, a 70.7 percent completion rate and a 121.5 rating.
Former first-round pick TE Willie Scott dies at 61
Willie Scott, a former first-round pick and NFL tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, has died at the age of 61, the Patriots and the University of South Carolina announced Tuesday.Scott needed a heart and kidney transplant after battling heart issues for years, the Charlotte Observer reported. Scott died Monday."The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of former Patriots tight end Willie Scott," the team said in a statement.Scott was drafted No. 14 overall by the Chiefs in the 1981 draft out of South Carolina. His Gamecocks teammate, George Rogers, was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Saints."It's with heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Willie Scott. A great player, but more importantly, a great man and a true Gamecock," South Carolina tweeted.
Chiefs assistant coach placed on administrative leave
The Kansas City Chiefs placed outside linebackers coach Britt Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, on administrative leave on Tuesday amid an investigation into a traffic crash that hurt two children and left one with life-threatening injuries.Britt Reid, 35, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday on the side of a highway entrance ramp near the team's training complex next to Arrowhead Stadium.Britt Reid, who has been on his father's staff since Andy Reid arrived ahead of the 2013 season, did not travel with the team to the Super Bowl in Tampa.Britt Reid acknowledged to police he was driving his Dodge Ram truck that struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived to assist a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas, according to reports.Reid's vehicle struck the Impala first before striking the Traverse, injuring a 5-year-old, whom the Chiefs identified as Ariel Young, and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse. Young suffered life-threatening injuries and the 4-year-old did not, though both were transported to a local hospital."We remain in the process of gathering information on the incident, and we will continue to assist local authorities as requested," the Chiefs said in a statement Tuesday. "Our focus remains on Ariel Young and her family. We have reached out to the family to offer our support and resources to them during this difficult time, and we will continue to pray for her recovery."
Yahoo Sports NFL writer Terez Paylor dies at 37
Yahoo Sports senior NFL writer Terez Paylor died unexpectedly Tuesday at 37 years old."We are heartbroken to learn that our friend and teammate Terez Paylor has passed away," Yahoo Sports editor-in-chief Johnny Ludden said in a statement. "Terez was a dogged, thoughtful reporter to many who knew him in the NFL. To us, he was a friend who always had a warm smile and a kind word. He cared deeply about his family, was passionate about his work and remained intensely proud of his Detroit and Kansas City roots. Our sympathy is with Terez's family and everyone who knew and cared about him."Paylor joined Yahoo Sports in 2018 after 12 years spent at the Kansas City Star. He covered the Kansas City Chiefs for five seasons."Hearing the news of Terez's passing is heart wrenching," the Chiefs communications team said in a statement. "He was so young and full of life, he always wanted to do right by people. ... He was a true professional and a great man with a bright future ahead of him."Paylor graduated from Howard University in 2006. He was one of 48 voting members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Report: Patrick Mahomes to have surgery for turf toe
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have surgery Wednesday to repair a turf toe injury, multiple outlets reported.He is expected to miss most of the team's offseason work but be ready to go by training camp, per NFL Network and ESPN.Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of the 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.
Chiefs installed as heavy Super Bowl LVI favorites
The Kansas City Chiefs hit a significant bump in the road Sunday night, but sportsbooks anticipate their march toward a dynasty revving back up in six months.The Chiefs were installed as heavy favorites to win Super Bowl LVI by several sportsbooks before Sunday night, including being offered at +490 by FanDuel. Those odds didn't waver shortly after Kansas City was routed 31-9 in Super Bowl LV by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Chiefs are well ahead of the Bucs, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, who were all being offered at +1100 on Sunday night immediately after the game. That trio was followed by the Los Angeles Rams (+1200), who have acquired quarterback Matthew Stafford since losing to the Packers in the Divisional Playoffs.The San Francisco 49ers are being offered at +1300 by FanDuel, with the Baltimore Ravens having the third-shortest odds among AFC teams at +1400.DraftKings is offering the Chiefs at +550 to win Super Bowl LVI, followed by the Bucs and Packers at +900 and no other team listed with shorter odds than +1200 (Baltimore, Buffalo and the L.A. Rams). The sportsbook listed the 49ers at +1400.The Lions, who acquired Jared Goff in the Stafford deal, are the longest shots at FanDuel at +12000. The next longest odds belong to four teams at +8000: the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Football Team. The WFT is coming off winning the NFC East, but enter the offseason with major questions about the team's quarterback situation for the 2021 season.DraftKings is offering the Lions at +10000 along with the Houston Texans, who enter the offseason with franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson pushing to be traded.Super Bowl LVI Odds (FanDuel):Kansas City Chiefs: +490Buffalo Bills: +1100Green Bay Packers: +1100Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1100Los Angeles Rams: +1200San Francisco 49ers: +1300Baltimore Ravens: +1400New Orleans Saints: +1900Seattle Seahawks: +2000Cleveland Browns: +2200Tennessee Titans: +2700Miami Dolphins: +2800Indianapolis Colts: +2900Los Angeles Chargers: +3100Pittsburgh Steelers: +3100Dallas Cowboys: +3300
Report: Tom Brady apologizes to Tyrann Mathieu via text
Quarterback Tom Brady apologized to Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu via text message following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 31-9 win in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, according to an ESPN report.In its report on Monday, ESPN wrote that it was read the contents of the text out loud.Brady, 43, and Mathieu had several on-field verbal altercations, with the latter being flagged on one occasion for unsportsmanlike conduct.Mathieu, 28, was shown pointing a finger in Brady's face, while the quarterback chased the safety down after he threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. Mathieu was defending Brown on the play.Per the report, Brady called Mathieu "the ultimate competitor" as well as a "class act" in his text. He also said he'd like to apologize to Mathieu in person in the future.
Patrick Mahomes: I’ll be motivated the rest of career by SB loss
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Monday vowed to get better after his career-worst performance in Super Bowl LV, saying he'll be "motivated" for the rest of his career.This coming from a player who already has one Super Bowl title on his resume."It was a bad feeling in that locker room after the game,'' Mahomes said. "You don't want to have that feeling again."When you're a competitor and get so close to your ultimate goal and fall short, it's something that will motivate you for the rest of your career," Mahomes said. "We'll set the tone from the beginning (of next year) that we have to be better."
Tom Brady adds fifth Super Bowl MVP to GOAT resume
After already proving his move to Florida was not the head start on retirement that some might have suspected, Tom Brady showed Sunday just how much he had left in the tank, earning MVP honors of Super Bowl LV.The helmet might have been different but the vintage performance when it counted most definitely was the same.The first-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback helped dispatch the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 on his home field by throwing for a modest 201 yards, while completing 21-of-29 passes with three touchdowns.Brady's seventh Super Bowl title came with his fifth MVP award."They're all special; it's been an amazing year," Brady said. "Just really proud of all the guys, proud of all the coaches, the effort we put in tonight."If you want to get this far you've got to get the job done. We did it."A sixth MVP still remains a possibility. Brady might be turning 44 in August, but he was feeling far too spirited during the postgame celebration to think this might end anytime soon."Yeah, we're coming back," he said after the game.The Bucs' victory already was starting to come to light in the first half. Brady threw his second touchdown pass to old friend Rob Gronkowski by the midway point of the second quarter for a 14-3 lead. He added another TD pass to Antonio Brown just before halftime."Big-time players making big-time plays," Brady said. "Love what they added to the team. Gronk is an unbelievable player, teammate, talent, leader."He knew what to do from there. His methodical and error-free second half mirrored his season-long performance for a franchise that got everything they could have ever hoped from the newcomer.
Brady’s TD pass to Gronkowski gives Bucs 7-3 lead over Chiefs
Tom Brady engineered his first touchdown in the first quarter of a Super Bowl, throwing an 8-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski to give Tampa Bay a 7-3 lead over Kansas City after one period.The connection was the 13th playoff TD from Brady to Gronkowski, an NFL postseason record. The score capped a 75-yard drive in which Brady went 4 of 5 and Leonard Fournette added 26 yards on four carries.The Chiefs drew first blood at the 5:10 mark when Harrison Butker booted a 49-yard field goal. Kansas City padded a streak to 62 straight games in which it owned a lead, though Mahomes went just 2-for-8 in the quarter for nine yards.
Reports: Chiefs C Daniel Kilgore cleared for Super Bowl
Kansas City Chiefs' backup center Daniel Kilgore has been cleared to play in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, according to multiple reports.Kilgore was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving a haircut last Sunday from a barber who tested positive. He has since returned negative tests every day.Kansas City had yet to formally announce a roster move involving Kilgore as of late afternoon in Tampa, the site of the Super Bowl between the Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kilgore reportedly participated in the team's Saturday walkthrough in Kansas City before the team departed for Tampa.Receiver Demarcus Robinson was in the same situation as Kilgore, and he was cleared to play on Friday after getting through the protocols.ESPN reported that Kansas City's COVID-19 tests came back negative on Saturday.
NHL, NBA stars offer predictions on Super Bowl LV
Several high-profile NHL and NBA players and coaches weighed in with their predictions on which team will win Super Bowl LV.Pittsburgh Penguins superstar captain Sidney Crosby expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.Why?"That's a tough one. It's hard to bet against Tom Brady for the amount of times he's been there," Crosby said in a survey conducted among NHL players and coaches.Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie acknowledged Brady's decorated career but feels that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will repeat as Super Bowl champions."It's hard to go against Tom, obviously, but I'm going to go with K.C.," Oshie said. "I just like the way they play. Their offense is fun to watch. Either way, I hope it comes down to the last play."Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw offered a different take on why Brady will win."Tom Brady (will win) because he's got the refs on his side," Shaw said.
MADD seeks meeting with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt
The local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter has requested a meeting with Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt to discuss a crash involving outside linebackers coach Britt Reid that left two children injured on Thursday evening.While Reid, son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, has not been charged in the case, multiple reports stated the younger Reid admitted to having two or three drinks before getting into his Dodge Ram truck on Thursday. He also takes the prescription drug Adderall.Police said a Chevrolet Impala became disabled, and a family member driving a Chevrolet Traverse came to assist. As both vehicles were parked along the southbound ramp to Interstate 435 from Stadium Drive near Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Reid then allegedly struck both cars, leaving a 5-year-old critically injured and a 4-year-old with lesser injuries.The investigation is continuing, but MADD is asking Hunt to discuss the matter. The organization and the Chiefs have partnered to teach rookies the dangers of drunk driving."This is a very difficult situation for MADD Missouri and Kansas as we have already received multiple calls from victims and community partners asking how we, as a victim services organization, are going to handle this situation, knowing the partnership we have," wrote Meghan Carter, director of field operations for the group, in a letter published by The Kansas City Star."We are working to extend our services to the two young children and their families, as their journey from the horrific crash has only just begun. As is the case with every impaired driving crash, our focus is to support those who have been impacted, as well as take a stand to remind the community of the dangers of impaired driving and to always have a non-drinking designated driver."The letter continued: "I would like to meet with you to discuss in person our concerns, proposed steps going forward, and how MADD and the Kansas City Chiefs can work more effectively together with both the staff and the athletes to ensure this never happens again."Britt Reid, 35, is not with the Chiefs in Tampa, where they will meet the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday night.A GoFundMe page to benefit the 5-year-old, identified as Ariel, had raised more than $160,000 as of Sunday afternoon. The Kansas City Star reported that she was still hospitalized in critical condition with a brain injury.
Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid involved in car accident in KC
Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, was hurt in a car accident that reportedly also injured two young children -- one of them seriously -- the team announced Friday.The multi-car crash happened Thursday night on Interstate 435 in Kansas City, two days before the Chiefs were to leave for Tampa for Sunday's Super Bowl LV against the Buccaneers."The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid. We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved," the Chiefs said in a statement.41 Action News KSHB, citing a Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) search warrant, reported Britt Reid is being investigated for driving while impaired. Per the report, Britt Reid told officers he had two to three drinks. His eyes were bloodshot and red, and a moderate odor of alcohol was also detected, per the report.KSHB, citing a KCPD police report, said that Britt Reid's pickup truck struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived on the side of the highway to assist a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas.
Chiefs fired up in final full practice as WR Demarcus Robinson returns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- A brisk cold, with Friday morning temperatures in the low 30s, didn't stop the Chiefs' enthusiasm during an outdoor practice.A Ric Flair-like "Woo!" and thunderous applause from players following virtually every play on either side of the football filled the air.The effort had Kansas City head coach Andy Reid coming away pleased with the Chiefs' performance in the final stages of preparations before they square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday in Tampa."Listen, it's a shorter practice today, so they're fired up to get through it and get going," Reid said.The Chiefs' workout included wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who returned from the Reserve/COVID-19 list after clearing the NFL's mandated safety protocols. Robinson hit the ground running and impressed Reid."He was good," Reid said. "He's been working out."The Chiefs listed left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (knee, ankle) as out for Sunday's game, while wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is officially designated as questionable.Reid, however, doesn't appear concerned over Watkins' availability against the Buccaneers after seeing the veteran wide receiver return to a full practice Friday after limited sessions the previous two days."He did good," Reid said. "I'm encouraged to have him on Sunday. I think he'll be there."
Report: Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson cleared to practice
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has been cleared to practice on Friday, the NFL Network reported.Robinson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week due to close contact with a barber who tested positive for the coronavirus. Robinson has since tested negative on every following day and is eligible to play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Robinson, 26, was a useful part of the team's wide receiver corps with 45 catches for 466 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season. But he has just one reception for 14 yards on three targets in two playoff games.