10/31 Practice Recap: Eric Berry Will Return Against the Jets from The Mothership
Berry suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second quarter away against the Broncos and practiced for the first time on October 15, but a setback first prevented him from playing against the Chargers and in the next week against the Rams, he was still not ready to go.
That changed this week when Andy Reid saw enough in his limited practice to give Berry the go ahead.
Andy Reid Press Conference 10/31 from The Mothership
Q: You mentioned how these two teams basically play the same offense. You know those coaches over there well. Is it kind of more exciting this week if you can try to crack their code?
REID: "It is a challenge yeah. It's a challenge, and I'd imagine they'd say the same thing, but you go back and do your basic fundamental stuff and play and make sure you play good, emotional football."
Q: How much of the play calling do you think about - I call this, then Rex (Ryan) will call this?
REID: "You'll drive yourself crazy if you think about that. You just can't do that. You just call it and literally go play. If you do too much thinking, then the whole paralysis by analysis happens and you don't want that to take place. "
Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey on College Hall Of Fame Ballot from The Mothership
The leading tackler in the history of University of Connecticut's football program is on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot, and the results will be announced on January 9.
That former inside linebacker is Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, who joins 75 players and six coaches from the Football Subdivision and 87 players and 25 coaches from the divisional ranks on the ballot this year.
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Week 9: Friday injury report from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs officially list Berry as a limited participant in Friday's practice, but the probable designation means there is a "virtual certainty will be available for normal duty."
The Chiefs also list the following players as probable: Running back Jamaal Charles (back), tight end Anthony Fasano (shoulder), cornerback Phillip Gaines (quadricep), running back Cyrus Gray (hand), wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring), tight end Travis Kelce (ribs), guard Mike McGlynn (foot), quarterback Alex Smith (right shoulder) and cornerback Sean Smith (groin).
Wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin), cornerback Jamell Fleming (hamstring), linebacker Josh Martin (hamstring) and cornerback Chris Owens (knee) are listed as out.
Eric Berry returns for Chiefs from ESPN
Berry's role, however, is unclear as Reid wouldn't say whether Berry would assume his normal role as the starting strong safety.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry will play Sunday against Jets from Chiefs Digest
Defensive back Ron Parker, who is second on the team in tackles (33), started at strong safety during Berry's five-game absence.
Meanwhile, Marcus Cooper appears set to return to the starting lineup at left cornerback with Jamell Fleming (hamstring) ruled out.
Fleming took over as the starter in Week 7 against the San Diego Chargers, but suffered the hamstring injury last week against the St. Louis Rams.
It is difficult to imagine a worse position-specific situation in all of the NFL than the Jets' cornerbacks.
And now, as the 1-7 Jets try to avoid their first eight-game losing streak since 1996, on Sunday in Kansas City, they likely won't have starting corner Darrin Walls.
Walls, who has played steadily but not spectacularly as a yearlong starter, is officially listed as doubtful for the game, with a calf injury. But there is pretty much no way he will play. He did not practice all week. He has played in every game this season.
Jets concerned about stopping Chiefs' Charles from USA Today
The Kansas City Chiefs' workhorse has the best rushing average (5.52 yards) in the history of the league, even better than Hall of Famer Jim Brown, whose career average was 5.22 yards per carry. That alone says a lot.
Charles is the Chiefs' all-time leading rusher (6,186 yards) and has surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground in each of the last four seasons. He's rushed for 200 yards or more in a game three times and has the two longest rushing plays (91 and 86 yards) in Kansas City history.
So as the New York Jets (1-7) face Kansas City (4-3) on Sunday, they have one thing in mind: They have to stop Charles.
If Bob Sutton had never become the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, it wasn't going to be for a lack of trying. When Herm Edwards was head coach of the Chiefs, he unsuccessfully tried to hire Sutton away from the New York Jets.
Andy Reid made it his annual quest when he coached the Philadelphia Eagles to make Sutton a part of his staff...
...When he joined the Chiefs last year, Reid finally pried Sutton away from the Jets. It's looking like Sutton was worth the wait.
Week 9 Preview: Jets @ Chiefs from Chiefs Digest
After a slow start, the Chiefs have shown the ability to beat down the lesser teams on their schedule.
Although new starting quarterback Michael Vick may inject some life into the Jets struggling offense, don't expect him to turn it around in one week, especially in a tough environment...
...The Chiefs may not score many points Sunday, but they won't have to.
Outcome: Chiefs 24, Jets 9.
Prediction: Chiefs will beat Jets from ESPN
While he's more experienced than Smith, Vick is turnover-prone. The Chiefs turned him over three times when they played against Vick with the Philadelphia Eagles last year and returned an interception for a touchdown. Vick also committed three turnovers in last Sunday's game after replacing Smith.
The Chiefs are due to force some turnovers. They've forced just five this season, which is next to last in the league.
My prediction: Chiefs 31, Jets 17.
Will the New York Jets end their losing streak in Kansas City? from Examiner.com
On paper this looks to be a close match-up as the Jets strengths seem to be some of the Chiefs weaknesses. Unfortunately for Gang Green the games are not played on paper and it is impossible to factor in the mindset of the Jets. Can Rex Ryan rally his troops when everyone on the outside is calling for drastic changes? Or will Ryan's team come out flat in front of raucous crowd?
My guess is that Rex is going to have this team ready to play and it will be close heading into the fourth quarter. Mike Vick inspires the offense while Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Demario Davis slow down the KC running game. A special teams play wins the game. 21-17 Chiefs.
Jets' Vick set to face Reid's Chiefs at Arrowhead from The Associated Press via The Fresno Bee
"If there is anybody who knows me it's him, and there has been times that he has sat there and told me what he would do if he played me," Vick said. "I played against Kansas City last year and it wasn't easy by any stretch. But like I said, that's part of the challenge."
Vick was still with the Eagles a year ago, when Reid returned to Philadelphia in his first season with the Chiefs. He threw for 201 yards, but was picked off twice in a 26-16 defeat.
After the Royals' Blue October, what can the Chiefs do for an encore? from FS Kansas City
"While we're winning a game and they're chanting Royals chants, I see nothing wrong with that," Kansas City punter Dustin Colquitt said. "It would be different if we were losing and we're hearing Royals chants. That's where I would say, like, 'Hold on now, remember us?'"
Remember them? If you checked out on the Chiefs on Sept. 30 -- when the Royals stole seven bases and America's heart with a wild-card win over Oakland and never let go until the end of the dance -- here's what you missed in Andy Land: a 22-17 loss in San Francisco in which the Chiefs tried to air it out; a 23-20 win in San Diego in which they didn't; and a 34-7 clubbing of St. Louis in which just about everything went right, save for Alex Smith spraining his shoulder.
On the heels of a two-game winning streak, the Andy Gang (4-3) on Sunday hosts Michael Vick and the New York Jets (1-7). Or, as they're becoming known in football circles, Raiders East.
It's disappointing enough the Chiefs have no rookie listed. A bigger letdown is that the Chiefs could have had many of the players on Kiper's list. He has guard Joel Bitonio at No. 3 and cornerback Jason Verrett No. 6 on his list. Bitonio was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round, Verrett by the San Diego Chargers late in the first, after the Chiefs had selected Auburn linebacker Dee Ford.
Not that the Kansas City Chiefs could be poised to exploit the Jets' cornerback by committee. The Chiefs have attempted a league-low 30 passes downfield farther than 15 yards, and their receivers have caught a league-low 57 passes this season according to ESPN's Stats & Info. If any team is going to exploit the Jets' Swiss cheese of a secondary, it's not Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray:Great to ‘Represent as a Minority in NFL' from Indian Country Today Media Network
Kansas City Chiefs back-up quarterback Tyler Bray, Potawatomi/Citizen Band, is on a mission to help Native youth stay healthy.
"Anytime you can help kids exercise and get off of video games or their computer, and get them active, it's always fun," Bray told Haskell Indian Nations student Tyler Jones who conducted an interview for NDNSports.com. Bray is currently on the injured reserve list, but joined other Chiefs players in Lawrence, Kansas at the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday as part of the NFL Play 60; an event hosted by the Indian Health Service Haskell Diabetes Prevention Program.
Chickasaw songstress, youth choir to perform on national TV from The Ada News
Tabitha Fair, a Chickasaw Nation citizen, singer, songwriter and industry renowned vocalist, will perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" accompanied by nine members of the Chickasaw Nation Youth Choir Sunday, Nov. 2 on national television.
The Chickasaws will join many Native American entertainers, drum corps, dancers, and a Native honor guard when the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate Native American Heritage Month at Arrowhead Stadium when it takes on the New York Jets.
Record turnout expected for Indian nickname protest from The St. Cloud Times
"What if we bought an NFL team, and decided to call our team the ‘White Haired Saints,' and have a guy dressed up as the pope?" said Bellecourt, 78, a White Earth Ojibwe civil rights organizer and co-founder of the American Indian Movement.
"He could say an ‘Ave Maria' and dance and sprinkle holy water every time they scored a touchdown," Bellecourt said.
"How long do you think that would last in America?"Not nearly as long as "Redskins" has lasted as the nickname for Washington's NFL team.
And on Sunday - in advance of Washington's game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium - a sizable group of people will speak out once again about that.
Priest Holmes lost his all-time Kansas City Chiefs rushing record two weeks ago to Jamaal Charles, but he won't lose his place in club history. Holmes will be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame at halftime of Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium.
Holmes rushed for 6,070 yards and scored 83 touchdowns during his seven seasons with the Chiefs from 2001 through 2007. His touchdowns total remains a team record.
1. Union Station's Open House Celebration
The downtown stage is set for a most theatrical bash honoring the 100th anniversary of Union Station. On Saturday, the commemorative mix includes family activities (face painting), history lectures (African American Porters), history and themed films (Union Station Massacre documentary) and live music (the Dave Stephens Band and Lonnie McFadden). On Sunday, what's being called Kansas City's Largest Yoga Gathering will start bending as one at 10 a.m., followed by costumed actors telling the Union Station story and a larger-than-life opportunity to witness the Kansas City Chiefs beat the New York Jets (yes, that's a prediction) on the Union Station Extreme Screen.
Sheldon Richardson's on a Roll from NewYorkJets.com
The losing streak doesn't sit well with Sheldon, naturally, but his on-field intensity comes from another source as well.
"I go out there and play 110 percent every game," he told me this week. "It doesn't matter what the situation is. You're going to get my best efforts regardless."
Richardson's best efforts are getting better and better. He's now played three half-seasons in his short career on the Jets D-line and the numbers and visibility are all on the rise.
Seven for Sunday: J.J. Watt could tear through Eagles from USA Today
New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick vs. the Kansas City Chiefs defense
The skinny: Andy Reid's surging Chiefs have won four of five after starting off 0-2. Vick couldn't have picked a much tougher environment than Arrowhead Stadium to help resuscitate his career and the free-falling, Jets (1-7).
Why it matters: Losers of seven straight and coming off a six-turnover loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Jets have nothing to lose. Their playoff expectations long ago disappeared with second-year turnover machine Geno Smith. This might represent the last chance for Vick to show he can still be a winning NFL starter.
Who has the edge: Bob Sutton's Kansas City defense. Sutton has the ability to set the edge and contain Vick's default scrambling setting with pass rushers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. And Vick is a chronic fumbler. So Chiefs defenders will be raking away. But Vick grew up in the same Norfolk, Va., area as recently-acquired Percy Harvin. No better time to get Harvin going than Sunday. Vick needs to feed Harvin on jet sweeps and receiver screens off the hard running of Chris Ivory and the forgotten Chris Johnson.
Kansas City Chiefs: Give. Jamaal. Charles. The. Ball. Andy Reid gets too cute rather than feeding his best player, who's only had 20 touches twice this season.
Silverman: Chiefs Have Pass-Rush, Relentlessness To Derail Vick's Debut from CBS New York
We know that there's a high level of gratitude coming from Michael Vick to his old coach, Andy Reid. We also know that Reid has a tremendous amount of respect for Vick's athleticism, arm strength and ability to create highlight-film plays on the football field.
But what we also know is that Vick is walking into one of the most difficult assignments he could possibly have when he takes the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
Bills have opportunity to prove they are contenders from The Rochester Business Journal
I, too, am not ready to proclaim 2014 Bills a playoff team, even though it's been pointed out that if the season ended today, Buffalo would qualify for the NFL's postseason. I won't become a true Bill-iever until late December, when playoff berths are officially secured. I am, however, willing to proclaim this team a legitimate contender.
The month of November will determine just how legit they are. The schedule is laid out nicely for them. After this Sunday's bye, the Bills come back to play host to the Kansas City Chiefs next week at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Then, it's a quick turnaround for a Thursday night game in Miami against the Dolphins, followed by back-to-back home games against the dysfunctional New York Jets and the surprising Cleveland Browns. All are winnable contests.
CHS Retires Lloyd Burruss' Jersey Number from NBC 29
Former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl defensive back Lloyd Burruss received a very special honor Friday night at his alma mater, Charlottesville High School.
There Are Reasons to Keep Watching the Jets from The Wall Street Journal
The Jets might be the most entertaining 1-7 team ever. They somehow keep providing reasons to watch despite being virtually out of playoff contention at the season's midpoint. Last Sunday came the debut of multipurpose acquisition Percy Harvin. This Sunday in Kansas City marks the return of Michael Vick as a starting quarterback.
Replacing an atrocious Geno Smith in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to Buffalo, the 34-year-old Vick proved he still has the arm and legs to be a star. He also showed he still has a turnover problem, losing two fumbles and throwing an interception.
Here are three things to watch for with Vick and the Jets against Chiefs:
Then on Halloween Eve, Sporting K.C., the defending MLS champion, watched what had looked earlier like a win collapse into a nightmare loss in the 90th minute of their game against New York, and K.C's post-season went dark as a jack-o-lantern at midnight when the candle sputters out.
Who could blame sports fans in Kansas City for beginning to wish this had been a bye week for the Chiefs, even though their Sunday game would match them against the 1-7 Jets?
Listings for "The Suze Orman Show" on CNBC from CNBC
Why getting someone a gift card is the last thing you should do. A young father grapples with guilt after losing his job. Viewers ask if they can afford to buy holiday gifts including Kansas City Chiefs season tickets, a Big Apple Christmas trip & a family portrait.
Each week we will select two players on the New York Jets -- one on offense, one on defense -- who figure to play a key role in the upcoming game. They face the Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium:
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CHIEFS -9.5 VS. JETS: This is not a good matchup for Michael Vick, who replaces Geno Smith to make his first start as a Jet. The Chiefs come in with the NFL's top passing defense, allowing just 195 yards through the air per game. Kansas City has also allowed the second-fewest points in the league. The Arrowhead crowd will make it a long day for Vick, who hasn't show much in limited action this season.
Michael Vick can make the Jets look even more incompetent from The NY Post
Cue the commercial:
Question to Idzik: "Are you an NFL general manager?"
Idzik: "No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night."
This brings us to Sunday's game between the 1-7 Jets and the 4-3 Chiefs in Kansas City, where yet another potential indignity awaits their beleaguered fans: Michael Vick kicking butt as the starting quarterback.
Oct. 31, 1994: Bruce Smith makes Joe Montana feel his age from The Buffalo News
It was the battle of two first-ballot Hall of Famers, and our guy got the better of it.
At the height of his game, Bills defensive end Bruce Smith got the better of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana, who had already lived through the greatest achievements of his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.
Week 9 Fantasy Cheat Sheet from CBS Sports
Jets at Chiefs, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
By all accounts this should be a first-class butt kicking by the Chiefs. The Jets are starting a former Andy Reid quarterback running a style of offense that's a direct ripoff of what Reid has been using nearly his entire career. Expect Kansas City to try and contain and collapse the pocket around Michael Vick, taking advantage of his inaccuracy and fumble tendencies in the process. Also expect a lot of rushing from both sides.