KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: The Kansas City Chiefs square off against the Buffalo Bills during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It was perfectly legal, but that didn't matter much to Berry as he was lying on the turf at Arrowhead Stadium. Berry tried to keep playing, but it was all in vain: He had torn the ACL in his left knee, effectively ending his season.
Berry tweeted in the offseason that he wondered whether Johnson intended to hurt him, in truth a natural question amid the controversy of the Saints' bounty scandal. He's backpedaled since, saying the tweet was in jest, and he's sidestepped the media all week. But in a statement made in April, Berry indicated that it still weighed on his mind: "You can look at the tape and make your own opinion about that."
After Low Block Tore Berry's ACL, Chiefs' Berry Finally Gets Another Shot At Bills' Johnson from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
He may be among the most anonymous pro athletes in Kansas City, but his ability to snap a ball accurately 15 yards to punter Dustin Colquitt in .75 seconds - and even faster for Ryan Succop's extra points and field goals - makes him unique.
"It's one of those things that you can either do it or you can't," said Gafford, a 6-foot-2, 235 pounder from the University of Houston. "It kind of came natural to me. When I was a freshman in high school, the varsity team said, ‘We need a long snapper; can anybody do it?' and I said, ‘Yeah I can.'
"I just wanted to play football. So I picked up a ball, threw it back through my legs, and it came out good. ... It came natural."
Chiefs' Long Snapper Makes It Look Easy from KC Star
KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel
KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Brief Week 2
NFL.com Video: Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills will be holding their annual Alumni Foundation weekend in conjunction with Sunday's game against the Chiefs, and guess who's coming to dinner?
Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson, who would have been in Buffalo anyway for the radio broadcast of the game, will be among several former players the Bills have faced through the years on hand for the festivities.
Len Dawson To Be Part Of The Bills' Alumni Weekend from KC Star
DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810 WHB):
Kendrick Lewis said he wasn't near 100 percent yesterday even though he did some activities at practice yesterday. Would you pretty much consider him a long shot in the near future?
CRENNEL: "Well I know he's working to try to get better and he's going to do everything he can to get better. And whenever he's ready, he'll be out there. I'm not a doctor, so I can't speculate about how close he is or how far he is or things like that. I know that he started range of motion and he's doing better."
Q&A With Romeo Crennel - 9/13 from The Mothership
Dorsey on what he's noticed from watching the Bills on film:
"They've got a lot of guys than can make plays, especially offensively. They've got a good quarterback, a good running back and the offensive linemen work together and a lot of receivers, so we're going to have our hands full. We're going to be up to the challenge though."
Overheard: Onward And Upward from The Mothership
Cornerback Brandon Flowers' chances of playing Sunday against Buffalo seemingly took a jump when he was listed as a full practice participant on the Chiefs' injury report. Flowers hadn't handled all of his normal duties in practice since injuring his foot July 31 in training camp.
Backup cornerback Jalil Brown (groin) was also listed as a full participant.
Chiefs Notes: Flowers Participates In Practice from KC Star
There was, however, a tangible moment when I discovered what it meant to be appreciated and part of that team. The Thursday before the home opener all of the Chiefs staff were told to meet in the cafeteria because there was going to be a message delivered by Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt. Upon entering the room I had realized this message was going to be accompanied by a fantastic gift. Flanking the walls were customized Nike jerseys, the very same ones that the Chiefs Season Ticket Holders received for remaining faithful to the Kingdom.
Family Matters from The Mothership
[Author's Note: Still waiting for Chris/Joel to show up with the AP jersey (or beer gloves)]
The Buffalo Bills' secondary intends to take an in-your-face approach with the Kansas City Chiefs.
With a few days to digest what transpired at the Meadowlands and absorb the game plan for Sunday's home opener, the gist coming from Buffalo's defensive backs is they're going to get tighter and more aggressive.
Bills Secondary Aims To Be Tight, Aggressive from The Buffalo News
DE Mario Williams
On if he is eager to make a statement in the home opener:
We are going to take it to it. No matter what we have to do to go out there and get a victory, to get sacks to get that quarterback moving, to stop the run, especially with the running game we have coming in this week we are going to do it
9/13 BDC: Bills & Chiefs Will Meet For 41st Time from BuffaloBills.com
Kansas City's head coach Romeo Crennel addressed some parallels in both team's week one performances.
"They turned the ball over like we did, their defence struggled like ours did, their special teams gave up a big return like ours did, so there are similarities, yes," Crennel said to the media at Wednesday's press conference.
A fully capable Chiefs defence may spell problems for the Bills, as they adjust their offence around the aforementioned losses of Jackson and Nelson.
Spiller Could Be The Key In Bill's Home Opener from The Toronto Observer
Dareus arrived back at the team facility at midday and was a full participant in practice as the Bills get ready to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Simeon Gilmore, one of Dareus' six siblings, was one of three people found shot to death Sunday in a home in Pelham, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. A suspect has been arrested and charged with capital murder and burglary.
A Grieving Dareus Is Grateful To His Teammates from The Buffalo News
It's not every day that Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, a former Miss USA and two "Dancing With the Stars" pros gather in one place for a photo. So what could possibly bring them all together?
More specifically, the NFL's collection of women's apparel for the new season - gear for the more than 45 percent of NFL fans who are female.
Last year, the Buffalo Bills crumbled after losing Fred Jackson, who was as important to his team as the quarterback is to many other clubs. So this looks like a "get well" game for a Kansas City Chiefs defense that was on the wrong end of Matt Ryan's coming-out party for the Atlanta Falcons last week.
Call this the Arthur Bryant's Bowl Presented By The Anchor Bar. One of these teams will have their playoff hopes dashed, and it will be the injury-riddled Bills. (Video preview) Losing Fred Jackson and David Nelson will only further hamper a struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick. Matt Cassel comes in with more offensive diversity, and Romeo Crennel's defense will be able to better handle a limited Buffalo offense. Who's hungry for some barbecue and wings? Chiefs 23, Bills 20.
Week 2 NFL Picks: No Place Like Dome For Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning from SportingNews
One of the things we are seeing more and more of in the NFL is when a team is in man-under, two-deep zone, quarterbacks are checking off to the quick screens -- or smoke screens -- to the wide receivers. It makes for an easy completion and with the safeties off, it takes usually one block on the outside corners to free the receiver for a potential big play. The Falcons got a touchdown like that against Kansas City last week.
The Chiefs defense rebounds, holding the Bills to 21 points or fewer.
Kansas City gets pass rusher Tamba Hali back from a one-game suspension and has too many quality defensive players to repeat last week's disappointing performance against the Falcons. The Bills are without running back Fred Jackson and receiver David Nelson, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was sloppy against the Jets.
Bet On It: Week 2 Predictions from Sports Illustrated
Kansas City running back Peyton Hillis: Hillis had a slow debut for the Chiefs in a loss to Atlanta. He had seven carries for 16 yards. He never really got in a rhythm. I don't think it is a problem. He should be fine, but it would be nice to see him make an impact at Buffalo.
One Player To Watch from ESPN
Last week, these two teams lost by 16 and 20 points, respectively, but in quite disparate manners, which gives us value here. Kansas City was outgained only 243-211 at the half and trailed 20-17, but three straight third-quarter turnovers led to three Atlanta "drives" that totaled 46 yards. The Bills only had six first downs at halftime and trailed 41-7 early in the third quarter. I rate both Kansas City's offense and defense better and will call for the outright upset.
Bolts Continue To Own Titans from The New York Post