Chiefs WR Hill, RB Ware injured against Ravens
The Kansas City Chiefs' offense took a blow in the first half Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens when wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Spencer Ware went to the locker room with injuries.Hill hurt a heel and Ware his right shoulder, and the team listed both as questionable to return.Ware's injury occurred when he was hit by Baltimore safety Eric Weddle in the final minutes of the first half.When the Chiefs released Kareem Hunt on Nov. 30, Ware became the featured running back for Kansas City.
Reports: Hunt to begin counseling
While the NFL mulls further punishment for Kareem Hunt, the former Kansas City Chiefs running back is seeking counseling for alcohol and anger issues, according to multiple reports.Hunt also was involved in an altercation at a restaurant last June, an incident the NFL was aware of and questioned the running back about. However, TMZ also reported that Hunt was involved in a violent incident last January at a nightclub in Kansas City, an altercation the NFL did not previously know about, according to ESPN.In that incident, TMZ reported that Hunt and others -- including then-Chiefs running back George Atkinson -- beat a man to the point of unconsciousness at a nightclub in Kansas City on Jan. 11.The NFL placed Hunt, the 2017 rushing leader, on the commissioner's exempt list while it investigates all three incidents, meaning Hunt is unable to play for any team that might sign him. The Chiefs released Hunt after the video surfaced of him kicking then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.Hunt went unclaimed on waivers and is officially a free agent.
Chiefs beat Ravens in OT to clinch playoff berth
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes converted two fourth downs on a game-tying drive in regulation Sunday and kicker Harrison Butker atoned for a missed field goal with a 36-yarder in overtime as the Kansas City Chiefs edged the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 at Kansas City, Mo.Mahomes finished with 377 yards passing, going 35 of 53 with two touchdowns against the NFL's top-ranked defense as the Chiefs (11-2) clinched a berth in the playoffs while retaining the best record in the AFC.The Ravens (7-6) did not score in response to the Chiefs' overtime field goal.Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson was injured in overtime after getting sacked by Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston. Faced with two snaps from the Baltimore 41-yard line, backup quarterback Robert Griffin III could not engineer a first down, throwing two incompletions.A strip-sack by linebacker Justin Houston with 38 seconds remaining gave the Chiefs a chance to win with a field goal but a 43-yard boot by Butker sailed wide as time expired, prompting the OT.With Kansas City trailing by seven in the fourth quarter, Mahomes heaved a 48-yard pass across his body to wide receiver Tyreek Hill to convert a fourth down before connecting with running back Damien Williams for a 5-yard touchdown with 53 seconds remaining.
Chiefs waive DE Jenkins to make room for Benjamin
The Kansas City Chiefs waived defensive end Jarvis Jenkins to add wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the roster, the team announced Friday.Jenkins, 30, has been with the Chiefs the last three seasons and was a rotational player for them. He's totaled 20 tackles and one sack in 30 career games (one start) with the Chiefs.With the trade deadline past, Jenkins is subject to waivers. If he's not picked up in the next 24 hours, he'll be free to sign with any club.
Report: Chiefs WR Watkins out until playoffs
The Kansas City Chiefs could be without wide receiver Sammy Watkins for up to three more weeks, according to a Kansas City Star report on Friday.Watkins has missed three of the last four games with a foot injury and reportedly re-injured the foot in Thursday's practice. He's expected to miss Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens and be evaluated week-to-week after that.NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Watkins is likely out until the start of the playoffs.In 10 games this season, Watkins has 40 catches for 519 yards and three scores.Free-agent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was signed on Thursday, two days after being waived by the Buffalo Bills.
Reports: Cleveland police reviewing Hunt incident
Police in Cleveland have launched an internal investigation to determine how the NFL got the police report for the Feb. 10 incident involving ex-Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, according to multiple reports Wednesday.News of the fight between Hunt and a 19-year-old woman gained renewed attention last Friday when TMZ posted surveillance video from a downtown Cleveland hotel that shows Hunt shoving the woman and then kicking her while she is on the ground. The Chiefs released Hunt hours after the video was made public.The city released records that show the NFL didn't ask for police reports until the video surfaced. But Wednesday, the city said that an unidentified Cleveland police offer gave the report to the NFL, according to TMZ."Following an internal review, it has been determined that in February 2018 a member of the Cleveland Division of Police provided a copy of the police report involving the February 10, 2018 assault incident at The 9 to a representative from the National Football League," per a statement to TMZ. "The report did not go through the official public records request process."
Report: Chiefs host WR Benjamin
Free agent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is visiting the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, two days the Buffalo Bills waived him.ESPN first reported the interest from the Chiefs, who are led at the position by Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins -- though Watkins has missed three of the last four games with a foot injury.Kansas City leads the NFL in scoring (37 points per game) and yards per play (7.03).Benjamin, a first-round pick in 2014, was released despite the steep cost to the Bills in acquiring him from the Carolina Panthers. The Bills gave up third- and seventh-round picks to land Benjamin from the Panthers at the trade deadline last season.But the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Benjamin struggled to fit in with the Bills, making just 39 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns in 18 total games with the club. He has 23 catches for 354 yards and one score in 12 games this season.
Ravens plan to put brakes on Mahomes, Chiefs
A league-leading scoring average of 37 points provides a potential advantage for the Kansas City Chiefs where it matters most -- the scoreboard.Let Andy Reid elaborate."It always comes down to, and don't slight the defense here, because that's important, but the thing is based on a points system,'' said the Chiefs coach, who needs one more win to tie Marty Schottenheimer (205) for seventh on the all-time NFL wins list."Whoever scores the most wins the game. I don't know any more than that. That's what you try to do. It's pretty simple, right? I'll leave it at that."The Baltimore Ravens (7-5) intend to do anything to complicate such simplicity. They rank first defensively in the NFL, allowing 281.7 yards and 17.8 points. The Ravens will visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday looking to end an eight-game home win streak for the Chiefs, who at 10-2 own the best record in the AFC.The matchup looms as a difficult test for both Kansas City units.Although Patrick Mahomes has been lights out as a first-year starter, the Chiefs quarterback figures to see a variety of blitzes from schemes the Ravens effectively disguise.Defensively, the Chiefs have struggled all season, allowing 33 points and 171 rushing yards last week to the woeful Oakland Raiders. Now, Kansas City faces a Baltimore offense that has won three straight with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, rushing for 716 yards over that span while controlling the clock an average of 37-plus minutes.A stingy Baltimore defense, led by the likes of defensive end Terrell Suggs and linebacker C.J. Mosley, factors into the possession advantage.Ravens coach John Harbaugh, however, realizes Mahomes presents a big-play threat with 43 passes of 25-plus yards and 41 touchdown strikes.
Report: Chiefs bringing back former RB West
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to sign former running back Charcandrick West, according to multiple reports on Monday.The team worked out West -- who played for K.C. from 2014 until his release in August -- and C.J. Anderson on Monday. Multiple outlets reported Anderson had a good workout and could be an option down the line, but the Chiefs opted for West due to his familiarity with the playbook and experience on special teams.West, 27, had 1,551 total yards and 12 total touchdowns on 341 touches from 2015-17, including 848 yards and five scores while he made nine starts during the 2015 season. He signed with the Jets after being released by the Chiefs during training camp but did not make New York's 53-man roster.Anderson, 27, appeared in nine games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season before he was released three weeks ago. After signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Carolina prior to the season, Anderson had 104 yards and no touchdowns on 24 carries in a diminished role behind Christian McCaffrey. He also had one reception, a 24-yard TD.The Chiefs got a good look at Anderson the previous five years when he played for one of their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos. In 58 games (36 starts) for Denver, Anderson ran 717 times for 3,155 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 103 catches for 859 yards and four scores.
Report: NFL mulls suspending Hunt into next season
The NFL is mulling a multi-game suspension for former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt that could last into the 2019 season, ESPN reported Tuesday.Hunt was also involved in an altercation at a restaurant last June, an incident the NFL was aware of and questioned the running back about. However, TMZ reported Monday that Hunt was involved in a violent incident last January at a nightclub in Kansas City, an altercation the NFL did not previously know about, ESPN reports.In that incident, TMZ reported that Hunt and others -- including then-Chiefs running back George Atkinson -- beat a man to the point of unconsciousness at a nightclub in Kansas City on Jan. 11.The NFL placed Hunt, the 2017 rushing leader, on the commissioner's exempt list while it investigates all three incidents, meaning Hunt is unable to play for any team that might sign him. The Chiefs released Hunt last week after the video surfaced of him kicking then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.Hunt went unclaimed on waivers Monday and is officially a free agent.
Reports: Chiefs will talk with free agent RBs
Looking to fill the vacancy left by the sudden release of Kareem Hunt on Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly will bring in at least one option on Monday.Free agent running backs C.J. Anderson and Charcandrick West both will visit the Chiefs on Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday. Pro Football Talk cited a league source saying that the Chiefs intend to sign Anderson if he passes his physical exam.Anderson, 27, appeared in nine games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season before he was released three weeks ago. After signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Carolina prior to the season, Anderson produced 104 yards and no touchdowns on 24 carries. He also had one reception, which went for a 24-yard TD.The Chiefs got a good look at Anderson the previous five years when he played for one of their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos. In 58 games (36 starts) for Denver, Anderson ran 717 times for 3,155 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 103 catches for 859 yards and four scores.West, 27, has played four seasons in the NFL, all with the Chiefs, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. In 49 career games, West has 266 carries for 999 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 75 receptions for 552 yards and five TDs.
Mahomes throws four TDs as Chiefs hold off Raiders
Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes in the first three quarters and a fourth with 1:54 remaining Sunday afternoon, allowing the Kansas City Chiefs to build a big lead and then hold off a late rally by the host Oakland Raiders for a 40-33 victory.Playing for the first time since their record-setting loss to the Los Angeles Rams and without Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs (10-2) put up 30 or more points for the 10th time this season and 40-plus for a fifth time en route to their AFC-best 10th win.Oakland (2-10) joined neighboring San Francisco (2-10) as the NFL's first 10-loss teams.Mahomes threw 3- and 6-yard touchdown passes to Travis Kelce and a 13-yarder to Demetrius Harris, the latter building a 33-16 lead with four seconds remaining in the third period.Derek Carr connected on a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes -- a 1-yarder to Lee Smith and a 9-yarder to Marcell Ateman -- to get Oakland within 33-30 with still 6:46 to play.But Mahomes drove the Chiefs 75 yards in 10 plays for the clinching score, a 2-yard TD pass to Chris Conley to give Kansas City a two-score advantage.The Raiders managed to get back within 40-33 on Daniel Carlson's second field goal of the game, a 44-yarder with 30 seconds left. But Kansas City recovered an attempted onside kick and was able to run out the clock.Mahomes finished 23 for 38 for 295 yards and the four scores.With Hunt's release on Friday -- after the emergence of video showing him shoving and kicking a woman in an offseason incident -- Mahomes also led Kansas City in rushing with 52 yards on nine carries.
Report: NFL never spoke to Hunt, alleged victim
The NFL did not interview running back Kareem Hunt nor the woman he allegedly assaulted when it investigated an offseason incident at a hotel in Cleveland, according to an ESPN report.The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt shortly after the league announced he had been placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list following the release of surveillance video of the incident.Multiple outlets reported that the Chiefs sent Hunt home from the facility on Friday after learning the video had been released. Additional reports indicate the NFL and Chiefs have been aware of the existence of the video, but it is not known whether the league or team viewed the footage. However, the league released a statement Friday evening which ir called the video, "new information."According to the ESPN report, the league never sought an interview with Hunt after multiple witnesses said he was not involved in the February incident. The league reportedly did reach out to the woman on multiple occasions, but was rebuffed.The incident occurred at The Metropolitan at 3:22 a.m. on Feb. 10, and involved then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.In the video, originally posted on TMZ, Hunt appears to come around a corner outside his rented room to confront Ottinger with a hard shove. The woman hits him in the face and Hunt becomes enraged.Hunt's entourage comes to help and attempts to hold him back. At one point, Hunt sends one of his friends and the woman flying into a wall.Ottinger was on the ground appearing dazed and started to get up. Hunt saw her and delivered a kick to knock her back on the ground.According to TMZ, law enforcement obtained the video from the hotel. Prosecutors reviewed the footage and decided not to file charges.
Chiefs look to stay atop AFC in visit to Raiders
The best and worst of the AFC West collide for what will be the first of two times in the last five weeks of the NFL regular season when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon.Each team is involved in a race at its respective end of the standings spectrum.The high-powered Chiefs (9-2) have the best record in the AFC and pole position in what now will be sprint for top seeding in the conference playoffs.One loss, however, could change that status, with New England (8-3), Houston (8-3) and the Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) just one game behind.The Chiefs began gearing up for the stretch run with the return of standout safety Eric Berry to practice this week. He hasn't played this season because of a heel injury.Berry, whose five career touchdowns on interception returns include a 47-yarder in a 56-31 win in Oakland in Week 15 of the 2013 season, likely will need more than just a few practices before returning for game action.But Chiefs coach Andy Reid was so happy to see him, he cautiously didn't want to rule anything out."We'll see how he does and we'll ease him back into it," the coach told reporters. "I think he's as curious as we are to see how he feels."The Chiefs have an AFC West showdown with the Chargers in two weeks.
TMZ video shows Chiefs RB Hunt shoving, kicking woman
Video released Friday by TMZ shows Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman during an offseason hotel disturbance in Cleveland.The incident occurred at The Metropolitan at 3:22 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2018, and involved 19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.Hunt is seen on the video coming around a corner outside his rented room and confronts the woman with a hard shove. The woman hits him in the face and Hunt becomes enraged.Hunt's entourage comes to help and attempts to hold him back. At one point, Hunt sends one of his friends and the woman flying into a wall.The woman was on the ground appearing dazed and started to get up. Hunt saw her and delivered a kick to knock her back on the ground.According to TMZ, law enforcement obtained the video from the hotel. Prosecutors reviewed the footage and decided not to file charges.Ottinger, who reportedly attends Kent State, told police that the incident started because she refused to have sex with a member of Hunt's entourage.Members of the entourage told police Ottinger called Hunt the N-word and physically hit a female member of the entourage.
Berry rejoins Chiefs, set to practice
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry returned to the team Tuesday and is likely to practice this week.That's according to Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports, who appeared on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City and discussed Berry's status."He reported today. He intends to practice," Paylor said. "I think this is a good thing for the Chiefs. I think we're to be determined as far as if he'll play against Oakland on Sunday. I don't really expect him to, but I don't know that. I think this is just the first step towards getting this guy back. But I think this is a big step in general for this defense because he certainly brings the playmaking and leadership elements that quite frankly they just don't have."Berry suffered a torn left Achilles in the season opener last season and missed the remainder of the season. He was in Chiefs camp but has not practiced since injuring his right heel on Aug. 11. Berry dealt with the same issue -- pain in his right heel -- in camp in 2017 before tearing the Achilles in the other heel.
Chiefs S Berry practices, could play vs. Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry returned to practice on Wednesday and could be ready for limited game action this week against the Oakland Raiders."We'll see how he does," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of the All-Pro returning to the lineup.Berry has been out with a right heel issue, though the Chiefs have not confirmed he's dealing with a particular deformity that would present major challenges."The communication has been great," Reid said. "We'll see how he does. He and I will talk. We'll talk with the [doctor] and the trainers."Berry has missed 27 games the past two seasons. He last played in a game Week 1 of 2017, when he was lost for the year with a torn Achilles.
Reid: Chiefs S Berry could be back on field soon
A day after his team surrendered 54 points and with the bye week now at hand, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Tuesday his defense could soon be getting a big boost in the form of Eric Berry.The three-time, first-team All-Pro hasn't played in a regular-season game since Week 1 of 2017, but he could be back at practice with the Chiefs next week."He's feeling quite a bit better. He's been making steady progress," Reid said of Berry. "We'll see how this and next week go for him."If he feels comfortable and the docs are good with it and he is, we'll start easing him in."Berry suffered a torn left Achilles in the season opener last season and missed the remainder of the season. He was in Chiefs camp but has not practiced since injuring his right heel on Aug. 11. Berry dealt with the same issue -- pain in his right heel -- in camp in 2017 before tearing the Achilles in the other heel.
Rams slip past Chiefs in historic shootout
Jared Goff passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns Monday, and linebacker Samson Ebukam scored touchdowns off a fumble return and interception as the Los Angeles Rams topped the visiting Kansas City Chiefs 54-51.The shootout, moved from its originally scheduled site to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum because of poor field condition in Mexico City, lived up to its billing. It was the first game in NFL history in which both teams scored 50-plus points, and it was the highest-scoring Monday night game in league history.Former Chief Marcus Peters seemingly preserved the victory by grabbing an interception on a pass by Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Ebukam effected with the errant throw by pressuring Mahomes.That gave the Rams (10-1) the ball with 1:18 left after they converted three earlier turnovers into 21 points. However, Los Angeles then inexplicably threw three passes, one of which was incomplete, allowing Kansas City to preserve a timeout.The Chiefs (9-2) got the ball back with 50 seconds left, but Mahomes threw his third interception, caught by Lamarcus Joyner.Mahomes completed 33 of 46 passes for a career-high 478 yards and six touchdowns, but he turned the ball over five times. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill made 10 receptions for 215 yards and two scores, and tight end Travis Kelce had 10 catches for 127 yards and a score.The Chiefs also scored a defensive touchdown on a 2-yard fumble return from Allen Bailey following a strip-sack by Justin Houston. The play gave Kansas City a 44-40 lead with 11:07 remaining.Nonetheless, the Rams capitalized on the makeshift home game, prevailing on an emotional night when they observed recent tragedies from wildfires and a mass shooting.Los Angeles went in front 47-44 on a Goff 7-yard scoring strike to Gerald Everett with 9:38 left. Mahome put Kansas City back on top thanks to a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley with 2:50 to go.
Report: NFL handpicks officiating crew for Monday
The NFL is apparently treating Monday night's contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams as if it were a playoff matchup.The league pulled five members from referee Clete Blakeman's crew and replaced them with "high-performing officials from other crews," according to a report from ESPN's Kevin Seifert. It is a rare practice for the NFL and typically reserved only for postseason games.The only two members of Blakeman's crew who will work the game are umpire Ramon George and down judge Dana McKenzie. The replacements include line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge Dale Shaw, side judge Brad Freeman, back judge Tony Steratore and replay official Jim Lapetina.