Merry Christmas! I'd meant to do a full post this morning, but Christmas Chaos is reigning here right now. Here's the easy stuff. My very best wishes to all of you and your families today.
Chiefs running back Thomas Jones is 32 years old, but he’s never had a Christmas tree in his own home. Until this week.
Football games, road trips and not having any family nearby made Christmas just another day for Jones during his first 10 years in the NFL.
But this year, Jones’ mother, father, five sisters, niece and nephew made the trip from Virginia and are all squeezing into his Plaza residence for a Christmas in Kansas City that he kicked off by participating in the Plaza lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving night.
Jones savoring the Christmas season from KC Star
But the Chiefs have yet to utter the word "playoffs," at least not publicly.
"That word is officially banned," coach Todd Haley said.
Chiefs buzz | The P-word is banned from KC Star
When it comes to the NFL, Kerry Collins has been down the street, around the corner and up the block. Sixteen seasons have placed him in just about every stadium in just about every kind of weather.
So the Tennessee quarterback is not one bit surprised that Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, where the Titans are headed Sunday, houses a team that is unbeaten at home.
Barely-breathing Titans take on unbeaten-at-home Kansas City Chiefs from The Winnipeg Free Press
Fined $7,500 by the league office, Kansas CIty Chiefs linebacker Demorrio Williams was punished for an unnecessary roughness infraction against the St. Louis Rams.
Demorrio Williams Fined $7,500 from National Football Post
Titans receiver Kenny Britt feels more comfortable with the NFL game than ever, thanks to extra work in the classroom and some Pedialyte - compliments of Randy Moss.
The second-year pro, who had 128 yards last Sunday in his second game back from a hamstring injury, said Moss has taught him plenty since joining the Titans last month.
Tennessee Titans' Kenny Britt credits Randy Moss for development from The Tennesean
Last week, Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan was assigned to a physical receiver, Andre Johnson of the Texans. This week, Finnegan faces a similar challenge in Dwayne Bowe (6-2, 221) of the Chiefs.
"They're similar in some ways, but the offense is different," Finnegan said. "Bowe is having an excellent year. He's a big strong, physical guy who can get open. But you look at their team and they run the ball extremely well. They run the ball 40-50 times a game, so you have to be on your toes a lot in play action."
Another big test for Finnegan from The Tennesean
It appears Kansas City Chiefs rookie linebacker Cory Greenwood, a Kingston native, will suit up for the National Football League team for the 15th time in as many weeks on Sunday.
After missing two days of practice with what his agent Johnathon Hardaway said was food poisoning, Greenwood returned to practice on Friday in Kansas City.
Kingston-born NFL player returns to practice from The Kingston Whig Standard