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Chiefs Practice/Injury Report – October 30

Here are the injury/practice reports that the Chiefs and Jets filed on Thursday afternoon:

Chiefs

DID NOT PRACTICE – Wide receiver Donnie Avery (sports hernia), cornerback Jamell Fleming (hamstring), linebacker Josh Martin (hamstring.)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION – Safety Eric Berry (ankle), cornerback Chris Owens (knee.)

FULL PARTICIPATION – Running back Jamaal Charles (back), tight end Anthony Fasano (shoulder), cornerback Phillip Gaines (quadriceps), running back Cyrus Gray (hand), wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring), tight end Travis Kelce (ribs), left guard Mike McGlynn (foot), quarterback Alex Smith (shoulder), cornerback Sean Smith (groin.)

Jets

DID NOT PRACTICE –Cornerback Darrin Walls (calf.)

FULL PARTICIPATION – Left guard Oday Aboushi (shoulder), cornerback Phillip Adams (groin), outside linebacker Antwan Barnes (knee), tight end Jeff Chamberlain (shoulder), right guard Willie Colon (knee), outside linebacker Demario Davis (finger), wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring), middle linebacker David Harris (shoulder), running back Chris Johnson (ankle), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (illness), center Nick Mangold (shoulder), linebacker Trevor Reilly (knee), wide receiver Greg Salas (wrist/ankle), quarterback Geno Smith (shoulder.)

Knile Davis Picks Up AFC Special Teams Player Honors


From the Truman Sports Complex

Knile Davis was honored Wednesday with the AFC special teams player of the week award after his 99-yard touchdown return in last Sunday’s victory over St. Louis.

It was the second touchdown return of his short NFL career, joining the 108-yard scoring run he posted against Denver last year.

Not bad for a player the Chiefs did not consider a kick returner when he joined the team from the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Arkansas. Head coach Andy Reid admitted that in pre-draft evaluations in the spring of 2013, Davis was not considered a returner, and it was something he did not do for the Razorbacks or in high school. Consideration for the duties did not come until special teams coordinator Dave Toub got a look at the running back during OTAs in that first spring with the team.

“I think with kick returns it’s important that you see it and you hit it,” said Reid. “You’re not dancing in the hole; you see daylight and hit that daylight and hit hard and aggressive and he does that. He’s blessed with great speed along with size; he’s a powerful young man.” …Read More!

Chiefs Practice-Injury Report/Alex’s Shoulder – Oct. 29

From the Truman Sports Complex

Although he may have spent more time in the trainer’s room than normal for an in-season Wednesday, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said his sprained right shoulder will not keep him out of this Sunday’s game against the Jets.

“The last two days have been great,” Smith said. “I feel like I’ve gotten great work in . . . I’m doing alright. (I’ve had) a couple really good days and then today was full-go, so I feel good.”

Smith’s dealt with shoulder injuries many times over his career, missing games in the 2007, 2008 and 2010 seasons due to various right shoulder ailments, some involving surgery.

This sprain happened on the second of back-to-back sacks from St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn. Although he did not show any sign of discomfort on the field, he felt the pain.

“Enough, that I went in and I was getting some treatment and at halftime and getting it looked at,” said Green. “I got treatment after the game too and certainly didn’t want to make a big deal of it. I felt like it was something I could handle.” …Read More!

One Team’s Trash, Becomes Treasure For The Chiefs

Injuries force (left to right) Josh Mauga, Mike McGlynn, Ryan Harris and Jamell Floyd into scrapbook starters

There are several qualities that make for a good NFL team. Talented players are a must. Top shelf coaching is equally important. Often overlooked is a factor vital to the process of building a winning team. It’s the ability of a franchise to acquire raw and/or specifically talented players while creating a coaching atmosphere that stresses development of those young players.

This factor can be summarized as turning one team’s trash into another team’s treasure. In this case it’s the treasure of the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs.

Consider this: in Sunday’s victory over the St. Louis Rams, the Chiefs had four starters that were not with the franchise during the off-season program, OTAs or mini-camp. One of those four players saw but a sliver of pre-season playing time wearing a red Chiefs jersey. Another wasn’t part of the roster until after the regular-season opener.

In a season that began with so much turmoil caused by major injuries, the Chiefs are now 4-3, and sitting on the edge of contention for another berth in the AFC playoffs. A big reason they overcame a poor start (0-2) and injuries were the contributions from the trash they’ve cleaned up and polished so they now sparkle.

Right tackle Ryan Harris, inside linebacker Josh Mauga, left guard Mike McGlynn and cornerback Jamell Fleming all arrived as late additions to the roster, signed because of injuries at their positions. …Read More!

Secondary & Snap Judgments/Post-St. Louis

The Chiefs are seven games into the 2014 season. They are 4-3 and alive in the fight for a spot in the AFC tournament field for January.

But so far they are more than alive when it comes to pass defense. The Chiefs go into their mid-season mark game against the New York Jets as the No. 1 ranked defense in the league against the pass.

They are allowing an average of 195.7 passing yards per game. That’s 15 fewer passing yards per game than the No. 2 ranked pass defense: the New England Patriots at 210.9 yards.

With the injuries that dominated the defense at the start of the 2014 season, the problem area seemed to fall directly on the secondary. There was a new starter at left cornerback in Marcus Cooper and a new starter at free safety with Husain Abdullah. When strong safety Eric Berry went down with an ankle injury in the second game, Ron Parker stepped into the scene and has remained there; he may have been the best defensive back on the field in Sunday’s victory over St. Louis.

Chris Owens came in and earned the nickel/slot coverage role. When Cooper struggled, the Chiefs moved Jamell Fleming into the starting lineup, joined by rookie Phillip Gaines who stepped in for an injured Owens.

There have been a lot of moving parts just at the back of the defense, but they’ve pulled together fairly quickly, faster that even the perpetually positive Andy Reid could have imagined. …Read More!

The Worlds of Reid & Vick Intersect Once Again


From the Truman Sports Complex

“I love Andy Reid for the man that he is. As far as the football game, football is football. I just want to go out there and do what’s best for the team and hopefully try to get a win.” New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick.

On Monday, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan decided Michael Vick would be his starting quarterback this Sunday when the Chiefs host the boys from the Meadowlands at Arrowhead Stadium.

Vick will replace Geno Smith; the second-year quarterback has struggled in the spot this season for the 1-7 Jets. The 34-year old Vick was signed in March as an unrestricted free agent after spending five seasons with the Eagles (2009-13.)

The man who put him back into the NFL with then Eagles-now Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Philadelphia signed Vick once he finished serving a federal prison term after pleading guilty to running an unlawful interstate dogfighting business. The Atlanta Falcons released him, and once his NFL suspension ended, Vick joined Red and the Eagles in 2009. He eventually started 42 games for Philadelphia. …Read More!

Alex Smith Has A Sprained Right Shoulder

From the Truman Sports Complex

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the media early Monday afternoon that quarterback Alex Smith suffered a sprained right shoulder in Sunday’s victory over St. Louis.

“It happened in the game and he was able to go through the game and everything worked out OK,” Reid said. “It’s a bit sore today, but it should be fine.

“It’s tender today, but he’s upbeat about it. But we are doing all the precautionary things in looking at it.”

Reid indicated the sprain came late in the first half, on one of the back-to-back sacks where Smith was taken down by St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn. On both of those sacks, his right shoulder was the first thing that hit the turf, but the second one appeared most violent when his body hit the ground under Quinn.

“It’s more of a bruise than anything,” said Reid. “He’ll need some time to get the soreness out of there.”

The rest of Reid’s injury report on Monday included:

  • Cornerback Jamell Fleming hamstring strain.
  • Outside linebacker Josh Martin hamstring strain.
  • Cornerback Chris Owens “is making progress with his knee strain” but Reid said he wouldn’t be able to practice today.
  • Wide receiver Donnie Avery is “making progress” coming back from his sports hernia injury and surgery.
  • Safety Eric Berry will continue to work on his sprained ankle.

Strong 2nd-Half Lifts Chiefs to 34-7 Victory Over Rams

Here’s our coverage of Sunday’s Chiefs victory over St. Louis:

Chiefs Host Rams With Chance To Gain Momentum

The demanding six-game opening to the Chiefs 2014 schedule is now behind them. They went 3-3 record, after an ugly 0-2 start.

On Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, stage two of the schedule begins with a visit from the St. Louis Rams. Kickoff comes just a few moments after 12 noon. FOX provides the television coverage.

This next stage of the season covers five games and at this time four appear very winnable for the Chiefs. The opponents will be St. Louis (2-4), the New York Jets (1-6), Buffalo (4-3), Seattle (3-3) and Oakland (0-6). The recent stumbles of the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks may make Andy Reid’s team a favorite to win all the games.

It’s a five-week stretch that will set up the last part of the season and determine whether the Chiefs make a run to a spot in the playoffs or suffer through a non-descript season where January will be spent at home and not on the field.

Other than its .500 record, the ups and downs of the first six games have helped burnish the character of the 2014 Chiefs. There’s a resilient nature visible from Andy Reid’s team. They had a chance to win five of their first games but lost by seven at Denver and five points at San Francisco in moments where they were unable to execute like a winning team. That was not the case with the 23-20 victory over San Diego last Sunday.

“We were a couple plays away from being 4-1,” said quarterback Alex Smith. “We understood that we didn’t make the plays (to win). ” …Read More!

Officials Preview: Chiefs Get Another Triplette Visit

It’s unusual for an NFL team to see the same officiating crew twice in a season, and it seldom works out that a team sees the same group of zebras twice in five weeks.

But that’s the case with the Chiefs as they host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium along with the officiating crew of referee Jeff Triplette.

This same group worked the Chiefs game against Miami on September 21st, where they walked off four penalties against the Chiefs, and 10 in all. That’s been a pretty good example of what Triplette’s crew has done all season. They average 12.1 penalties per game and 15.5 flags thrown each week. Those numbers rank them among the least active crews walking off penalty yardage in the league. They rank in the bottom third of total penalties.

This crew is no stranger to controversy, as Triplette and pals frequently come out on the wrong side of decisions. In 2014, they worked the Seattle at Washington game where three Percy Harvin touchdowns were nullified by penalty flags. …Read More!

4 Keys To Victory For Chiefs Against Rams

     

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Continue to build momentum

The Chiefs are hitting a spot in their schedule where they can build momentum to carry them into the second half of the season. That includes winning games that they should win, and Sunday’s game against the Rams is one of those moments. They are at home, playing a team with a record off less than .500 and they are producing winning football on offense and defense. To date, they have not held a winning record this season, but a victory over St. Louis would leave them 4-3 with upcoming games against the Jets and Bills. There’s been a lot of notice given to the Chiefs 3-3 record over the tough starting stretch of their schedule. That’s all well and good, as long as it’s a foundation to more. The next floor on their post-season dreams must be built starting against the Rams.

…Read More!

The Frequently Forgotten Governor’s Cup

Chiefs celebrating Governor’s Cup victory in 2002 regular season at Arrowhead.

Rivalry trophies have been part of college football for more than a century.

There’s the Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana against Purdue), the Little Brown Jug (Michigan vs. Minnesota), Paul Bunyan’s Axe (Minnesota vs. Wisconsin), the Apple Cup (Washington vs. Washington State) and dozens of other pieces of gridiron hardware that are handed out each year.

In pro football, the closest example of a rivalry trophy is the Governor’s Cup, to honor the winner of games between Missouri’s pro football teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and first the St. Louis Cardinals, now the St. Louis Rams.

The Guv Cup began in 1968, growing from the fertile football mind of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt and with the interest of Cardinals owner Billy Bidwill. Hunt loved the pomp and ceremony that came from the world of college football, extras like marching bands, cheerleaders, pom-pom girls and special trophies. Hunt was forever trying to add college elements and ideas to the pro game. The frequently cheap Bidwill saw the trophy and games against the Chiefs as a way to possibly sell a ticket or two and increase revenue.

To say the Governor’s Cup became a coveted piece of hardware for the Show-Me State professional football teams would be a stretch. It never really caught on, certainly not with the players and coaches of the Chiefs, and it was no better across the state along the Mississippi River, whether the team was the Cardinals or ultimately the St. Louis Rams.

The best evidence of that disinterest came with the fact that Cup was frequently misplaced. The morning after the August pre-season game, it would land somewhere in the winning team’s facility, usually in a spot where everybody would remember its place a year later.

Except, sometimes they didn’t remember, or they just completely forgot about the trophy. …Read More!

Tale of the Tape – Chiefs vs. Rams

In the last three seasons the Chiefs and Rams have produced victories and defeats in almost matching numbers:

  • Kansas City – 16-23, .410 winning percentage.
  • St. Louis – 16-21-1, .434 winning percentage.

The Chiefs have an extra game in the equation because of their appearance in the first round of the 2013 AFC playoffs. It’s been nine years since the Rams were in the post-season tournament.

Still, there is a real difference between the clubs as they get ready to face off on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have been trending up, while the Rams have been headed in the other direction, especially this season with its 2-4 record. Injuries have caused problems for St. Louis, but nobody with the Chiefs is providing any sympathy given the problems they’ve had with injuries.

Even with the Rams recent victory over Seattle fresh in everyone’s mind, there’s no doubt that on paper, the Chiefs have the edge in talent for this meeting. The key for Andy Reid and his team is to make sure what’s on paper comes alive on the field.

Here’s the tale of the tape in 11 key positions and areas between the teams: …Read More!

Next Opponent – St. Louis Rams

Game – No. 7.

Opponentthe St. Louis Rams.

2014 record – the Rams are 2-4, winners of their last game, beating Seattle 28-26 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis last Sunday. They lost the season opener to Minnesota, 34-6. But they’ve scored 2-point victories over Tampa Bay and Seattle. Along with losing to the Vikings, the Rams have fallen to Dallas by 3 points, Philadelphia by 6 points and San Francisco by 14 points.

They are minus-47 in point differential (129 scored, 176 given up), minus-3 in turnover ratio (10 giveaways, 7 takeaways) and minus-12 in sack ratio (16 allowed, 4 on defense.) Overall in offensive yards they rank #13 in the league, #18 in the running game and #11 in passing yardage. In yards allowed on defense they are #23 overall, #28 against the run and #14 against the pass. …Read More!

Chiefs Injury Report – October 24

From the Truman Sports Complex

There’s a chance that safety Eric Berry will play on Sunday against St. Louis; it would be the first action he’s seen since the first half of the Chiefs game in Denver on September 14th.

“You know he actually looks pretty good and he feels pretty good,” said head coach Reid about Berry. “We will just see how the next couple days go. I don’t want to say one way or another, that’s why we listed him there (as questionable.) We will just see how it all works out for him.”

Here are the official injury reports for both teams turned into the NFL office ahead of Sunday’s game at Arrowhead:

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Finally, Relief At Quarterback For Chiefs Defense

Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning one week, multiple Super Bowl champion Tom Brady pops up a few weeks later. It’s Super Bowl starter Colin Kaepernick and Philip Rivers in consecutive games. The Chiefs have opened the season against some of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League and beaten two of them – Brady and Rivers.

The quarterback cycle for the Chiefs defense turns in a different direction starting Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium when they host the St. Louis Rams.

Coming up first is second-year, non-drafted Rams starter Austin Davis (left), followed by the Jets struggling second year starter Geno Smith. There’s a trip to Buffalo to face the Bills and journeyman Kyle Orton. Seattle visits Arrowhead with Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks before the Chiefs head to Oakland and face the Raiders with their rookie starter Derek Carr.

Last year, the Chiefs started their season winning nine consecutive games with most of those coming against inexperienced and marginal quarterbacks. When they faced quarterbacks like Manning, Rivers and Andrew Luck in six of the season’s last eight games, they were 2-6 and done after losing a first-round game in the playoffs. …Read More!

Chiefs Practice/Injury Report – October 23

From the Truman Sports Complex

Wide receiver Junior Hemingway moved off the Chiefs did-not-practice designation on Thursday, as he was active in several offensive drills geared to the passing game during the club’s afternoon session. Because of a strained hamstring, Hemingway appears to be right on the fringe of being active against St. Louis on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Only wide receiver Donnie Avery and cornerback Chris Owens did not work for the Chiefs. Across the state, the Rams did not get any practice snaps from starting cornerback Janoris Jackson and backup center Tim Barnes.

Here are the injury/practice reports for both the Chiefs and Rams on Thursday: …Read More!

Chiefs Lose Practice Squad Linebacker To Tampa Bay

From the Truman Sports Complex

Linebacker Orie Lemon stay the Chiefs practice squad lasted less than a week, as he signed on Wednesday to a spot on the 53-man roster with Tampa Bay.

It’s the second practice squad linebacker to leave for a spot on the active roster of another NFL team. Nico Johnson moved on last week to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Chiefs announced they signed linebacker Darin Drakeford to fill the practice squad spot previously held by Lemon. The 6-1, 240-pound product of the University of Maryland, Drakeford signed with the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie free agent, spending the 2013 pre-season with the club and registering six total tackles and a forced fumble. He was released in the final roster cut before the 2013 opener and signed to the Chiefs practice squad where he spent four games.

Since then he’s spent time with the New York Giants, Indianapolis and Atlanta.

Jamaal’s Career Built On His Toughness

I’ve written these words many times over the last seven NFL seasons; spoken them quite often as well. I feel compelled to repeat:

Pound-for-pound Jamaal Charles is the toughest football player I’ve seen play.

Tough is a word with many branches off its trunk, involving physical, emotional and mental qualities all rolled into the definition.

Charles has all of that . . . and more. The swirl around him over the last few days – did he suffer a concussion in San Diego or not? – was caused by Charles himself. It was probably not the smartest move to talk publicly about having flashes of light in his vision, or that he did not want to take concussion tests because he wasn’t going to leave the game.

It had nothing to do with setting the franchise record for career rushing yards. It had everything to do with how Charles views his place with this team – he is the man, the engine, the star, the motivator, the leader by what he says and does especially how he plays with a level of toughness that exceeds that of ordinary players. When he gets knocked down, Charles gets back up, sometimes bouncing up like nothing happened. More than once he took a rib-rattling shot from a tackler, got immediately to his feet and patted the defensive player on his head before heading back to the offensive huddle. …Read More!

Chiefs Practice/Injury Update – October 22

From the Truman Sports Complex

There was plenty of discussion Wednesday at the Chiefs facility about the question of whether running back Jamaal Charles did or did not suffer a concussion in last Sunday’s game against San Diego.

Charles told ESPN Radio that he thought he did suffer a slight concussion after he was hit in the end zone by Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers. But the Chiefs say tests conducted on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday did not show concussion effects and the running back was scheduled to take part in Wednesday’s practice on the advice of an independent evaluator. There’s more coming up later today on the Charles concussion situation.

There were three Chiefs that were not scheduled to take part in Wednesday’s practice, the first in the preparation week to play St. Louis this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium – wide receiver Donnie Avery (sports hernia surgery), cornerback Chris Owens (strained knee ligament) and wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring strain.)

Also on the injury report were tight end Travis Kelce (ribs) and strong safety Eric Berry (ankle). Both players were expected to take part in some and/or all parts of practice.

Here are the injury/practice reports for both the Chiefs and Rams: …Read More!

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