The Kansas City Chiefs will take good news regarding their offensive line wherever they can find it. Sunday’s practice brought this piece of good news: Eric Fisher's injured left ankle was no longer wrapped. Fisher still isn’t practicing, but he’s getting close to his return to the practice field. Indeed, that qualifies as news because otherwise, the Chiefs made no changes to their starting offensive line.
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Sunday that the club has waived 11 players to prepare for the NFL’s mandated 75-player roster limit by Sept. 1. The league’s final roster cutdown to 53 players must take place before 3 p.m. CT on Sept. 5. The following players have been waived by the club:
Reid explained why he and special teams coordinator Dave Toub chose long snapper James Winchester over Andrew East. "I think both of them are going to snap in this league," he said. "I think they're both really good. What it came to was just the velocity of Winchester. He was just a hair faster. They came out so equal, it was crazy. We would have been happy with either one of them. That's how it worked out."
And the annual roster trimmings leading to the regular season has never proven a simple process for Andy Reid, who enters his 17th season as an NFL head coach. "That’s the worst part of your job," Reid said. "Letting guys go that have been out here. It’s different now, too, in that you have all these days in the offseason, so you get to know them even more than what it used to be."
Harris broke his foot during Week 10 warm-ups last season when the Chiefs were set to play the Buffalo Bills. Since then, he’s had two operations in relation to the injury. As of Sunday, he passed his physical and was moved from the PUP to the active roster. Thomas hasn’t played in the preseason since injuring his calf in the first game against the Arizona Cardinals.
At a meeting with reporters Sunday afternoon at Rams Park, coach Jeff Fisher said that Mason would not play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Edward Jones Dome and the the second-year pro "will probably be questionable’’ for the regular-season opener against the visiting Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 13.
"Tell them I’m done," Fangupo said he instructed his agent. "I’m not interested, I’m coaching. Kansas City called, he called me, I said tell them I’m done." This time around wasn’t that easy, however, because Chiefs coach Andy Reid personally made the call with a simple message. "Get on the plane," Fangupo said. "And me, I feel like, man, Coach Reid, he really fed my family last year. The least I can do is show up. So out of respect for Reid, I came, got my mind right."
"I believe once you get to the playoffs, that's where that elite quarterback playhas to come in. Look at the ones who win Super Bowls, always the top five quarterbacks. You can get to the playoffs with a good quarterback, but to win you have to have that special guy who can take it to the next level," Gonzalez said.