Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday in Kansas City after sitting out a day because of knee and ankle injuries.
With Tamba Hali on the sideline nursing a sore knee and not practicing for the second straight day, rookie Dee Ford was in the starting lineup for the Kansas City Chiefs at outside linebacker on Thursday. Ford Even if Hali rallies later in the week and is available to play on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium, Ford could have a role.
The Chiefs’ wide receivers stink, and we can all agree on this. They could become the first NFL team to play the first 14 games of a season without a touchdown catch from a wide receiver. But here’s what’s debatable: are they the worst group of receivers in football?
Q: You’ve seen Alex Smith once before, what do you take from the first match-up with him into the second one? Ellis: "With him, right when you think you can rush him and get him, he’ll throw a screen so you just have to keep that stuff in mind too. He’s going to give you his best shot this game because it’s hard to beat a team twice, a quarterback like that too."
During that time, he wrote Wolves Can't Fly - a memoir about his unique career. "I tell stories about some of the people I've met. I've gotten to travel all around the world doing appearances. Then just the fun stories about walking ladies down the aisle on their wedding day and just crazy stuff that I've done over the years," Meers said.
Childs is one of the founders of Arrowheads Abroad, a Kansas City Chiefs fan club in the United Kingdom, and editor of the Arrowheads Abroad website. Arrowheads Abroad had more than 1,760 followers on Twitter as of early Thursday afternoon (@KCChiefsUK), and the 26-year-old has taken it upon his club to make the Chiefs, and Chiefs fans, feel as welcome as possible when the team plays Detroit at London's Wembley Stadium next Nov. 1.
"He’s looking good," Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said of Murray during Wednesday’s conference call with Chiefs beat writers. "He played obviously last week in the ballgame. After he left the Kansas City game, we missed him for the St. Louis game, and then he came back last week, played in the game, did a nice job. He’ll be ready to go."
One thing seems certain: The Chiefs are pumped up for the rematch, eager to avenge their recent loss and get back on track. Nose tackle Dontari Poe told reporters this week that while he wouldn’t characterize his team as coming out "flat" in that Nov. 20 loss, he does believe something was missing.
Last Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals was a great case in point. Bowe made a spectacular catch and hurdled two Cardinal defenders for 22 yards on a 3rd and 20. The play kept what would become a touchdown drive going. But that flash in the pan was all we got. Bowe made only one other catch, for seven yards, on only two more targets in the game. In the same game we were reminded he is good enough to amaze, but not good enough to do so consistently.
"You don't necessarily have the time or the opportunity to kind of push it downfield, so to speak. So it didn't really end up going that way but certainly, yeah, there always comes that time (when you should throw downfield)."
The award is expected to go to Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt for the second time in his career. While Dumervil isn’t a full-time defensive player like Houston and Watt, because he splits snaps at strong-side outside linebacker with Courtney Upshaw, he says he deserves consideration for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.
He's made 14 consecutive field goals and all 33 of his extra-point attempts, becoming one of the few constants in what has suddenly turned into a tumultuous season. "I don't like to look at statistics until the end. I'm just thinking about the next kick," said Santos, a Brazilian who grew up playing soccer before turning to football in high school.