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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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.
Chiefs rally past Lions in final seconds
Darrel Williams scored from a yard out with 20 seconds left, his second touchdown of the game, and the Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten with a wild 34-30 win over the host Detroit Lions on Sunday.That score capped a 13-play, 79-yard drive, highlighted by Patrick Mahomes' 15-yard run on fourth-and-8. Mahomes passed for 315 yards but no touchdowns. LeSean McCoy gained 56 yards on 11 carries with a score, while Bashaud Breeland returned a fumble 100 yards for third-quarter TD.Travis Kelce added seven receptions for 85 yards for the Chiefs (4-0).Matthew Stafford threw for 293 and three touchdowns for Detroit (2-1-1). Kenny Golladay caught five passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns. Kerryon Johnson gained 125 yards on 26 carries but also lost the fumble on which Breeland scored.The Lions drove 68 yards on their first possession, but settled for Matt Prater's 25-yard field goal.Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker missed a 36-yard field goal try on Kansas City's opening drive.Stafford's 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end T.J. Hockenson, who later left with a concussion, completed a 74-yard drive later in the quarter for a 10-0 lead.Butler made a 23-yard field goal in the first minute of the second quarter. The Chiefs tied the game on McCoy's 1-yard run, capping a 70-yard drive. Prater (48-yarder) and Butker (44-yarder) traded field goals before halftime for a 13-all tie.Stafford fumbled away the ball deep in Chiefs territory early in the third after an apparent touchdown pass to Golladay was reversed upon review.
Chiefs RB Williams to miss second straight game
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams will miss Sunday's game with the Detroit Lions due to a knee injury, coach Andy Reid told reporters on Friday.Williams also missed last week's game against the Baltimore Ravens. He didn't practice this week.Williams, 27, rushed for just 34 yards and one score on 22 carries in Kansas City's first two games. He also had nine receptions for 87 yards.LeSean McCoy (ankle) was a full practice participant on Friday and could be in line for an increased workload. McCoy, 31, has a team-best 158 rushing yards while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
Unbeaten Lions get ultimate test in Mahomes, Chiefs
The Detroit Lions have a chance to head into their bye week undefeated. In order to reach that goal, however, they'll have to slow down the league's most dynamic offense.Opposing defensive coordinators this season haven't had any more luck keeping Patrick Mahomes in check than they did last season, when he tossed 50 touchdown passes.The Kansas City Chiefs' third-year quarterback has already thrown for 10 scores without an interception while leading his club to a 3-0 start. They'll take on the 2-0-1 Lions in Detroit on Sunday.Lions second-year coach Matt Patricia, New England's former defensive coordinator, would prefer an easier assignment."On the sidelines is probably where I'd like to see him the most," Patricia told reporters this week of Mahomes.Patricia won't have that luxury against a team that's averaging 33.7 points."He's a really good young player," Patricia said. "Every single play, it's extremely dangerous. He can get that thing downfield. He's does a great job, too, of just controlling. There's an element to this offense that's definitely a ball control passing game."Mahomes' ability to pick his spots, then gash the defense with a deep shot, puts secondaries on their heels.In the Chiefs' season opener, he hooked up with Sammy Watkins on scoring strikes of 68 and 49 yards. Against Oakland the following week, he connected with Demarcus Robinson for 44- and 39-yard touchdowns and Mecole Hardman from 42 yards out.Last week against Baltimore, Mahomes aired it out with Hardman once again for an 83-yard TD."It's just such a dangerous offense to try to defend against," Patricia said.Mahomes has the freedom to improvise and full command of the huddle."He's a competitor. He's the leader of that bunch," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of his quarterback. "He's the one on the field, so if he wants certain things out of a play, then as a player you've got to get those things down. That's where my trust in him and the coaches' trust in him comes in. You want to make sure you're demanding the right things and he's very good with that."
Aikman bristles at unflattering comparison to Mahomes
Troy Aikman didn't take too kindly to an unfavorable comparison to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.After The Athletic Kansas City tweeted "ICYMI: Patrick Mahomes has thrown 36% of Troy Aikman's career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games," the Pro Football Hall of Fame member and Fox Sports analyst was quick with a response on Twitter."iCYMI: Talk to me when when (sic) he has 33% of my Super Bowl Titles," Aikman, 52, wrote on Monday.Aikman recorded three Super Bowl championships during his 12-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. The six-time Pro Bowl selection threw for 32,942 yards with 165 touchdowns and 141 interceptions.
Mahomes, Chiefs slide past Ravens
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 374 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday as Kansas City outlasted the Baltimore Ravens 33-28 in the Chiefs' home opener at Kansas City, Mo.Their 10th consecutive September win pushed the Chiefs to 3-0 for the third straight season. Playing in soggy conditions, Kansas City rallied from a scoreless first quarter for the second straight game.The 300-yard passing performance was the 13th for Mahomes in 20 career starts. Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered just his second defeat in 10 career starts, both in Kansas City.A 14-yard pass to LeSean McCoy with 2:07 left in the third quarter resulted in the Chiefs' last touchdown as Mahomes went 27 of 37. Tight end Travis Kelce topped the Chiefs with seven receptions, while Darrel Williams had 62 of the team's 140 rushing yards.Jackson completed 22 of 43 passes for 267 yards. He rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 2:01 remaining, but his two-point rush failed.Mark Ingram added three touchdowns for the Ravens (2-1) on 103 yards rushing.After generating 28 second-quarter points a week earlier in a win at Oakland, the Chiefs raced for 23 second-quarter points and a 23-6 halftime advantage.