Jamaal Charles Takes Time Away From Rehab for Surprise Visit Wednesday from The Mothership
A group of about 30 sixth graders talked amongst themselves as they sat on the bleachers of the Sports Lab at Arrowhead Stadium this past Wednesday morning. A few donned the green and yellow jersey of the SMS Raiders youth football team for which they all play for, while others opted to break out the Kansas City Chiefs red and gold for this special visit to Arrowhead Stadium.
Among them was a child you'd be hard-pressed to miss, his face visibly fresher than the rest, his arms and legs clearly a bit shorter. His name is Ricky Cook-Alt, a 7-year-old third grader and a lover of the game of football. On Wednesday, he wore the jersey of
Jamaal Charles, his favorite player.
Because of a condition called Arthrogryposis, Ricky uses a wheelchair to get around. The Chiefs knew all about Ricky, because after all, since last October, he had become more or less a local Kansas City celebrity.
Chiefs Propose Two New Rule Changes Ahead of NFL Annual Meeting from The Mothership
The NFL's annual meeting will begin on Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida, and one of the many things that will be discussed during the week are the new rule proposals.
This year, there are 19 new rule proposals that will be voted upon by the league's 32 owners, and two of those proposals have come courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs submit two rules proposals to be voted on at next week's owners' meetings from The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs have submitted two rules proposals for discussion at next week's NFL owners' meetings, the NFL announced Thursday.
The first is to add penalty yards to the distance needed to gain a first down, while the second is to prohibit quarterbacks from falling to the ground, getting up, and throwing a forward pass.
The Chiefs submitted the first proposal because teams are incentivized to commit offensive or special-teams penalties deep in their own territory because the reward greatly outweighs the risk.
Proposed rule says QBs can't fall to ground, still pass from ESPN
The proposal references Manning's fourth-quarter play in the Denver Broncos' 23-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round of the 2015 playoffs.
With his Broncos trailing 13-12 at the time, Manning went to the ground to avoid contact with blitzing cornerback Will Allen. When he realized that Allen never touched him, Manning stood up and threw a 34-yard pass to receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Chiefs' spending on tight ends is up from 2015 from ESPN
Spending on tight ends is up for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2015, and the Chiefs are no longer near the bottom of the league in that area.
A closer look at how the Chiefs are spending their salary-cap dollars on tight ends.
Dwayne Bowe's career will be remembered more for what he didn't do from ESPN
Bowe couldn't finish his career with the Chiefs like contemporaries Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali apparently will, because he couldn't take advantage of the golden parachute that was his final Kansas City contract. He couldn't stay in bounds on the biggest play of his career, the fourth-down pass in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 2014 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Bowe couldn't finish his career on his terms. He was unceremoniously dumped Wednesday by the Cleveland Browns, who issued a three-sentence release about the move. It's impossible to imagine any team wanting Bowe for next season, certainly not after he caught five passes for the Browns last season.
Bowe couldn't get the most from his ability. He just didn't want it badly enough.
Broncos linebacker Shane Ray gets Kansas City Chiefs tattoo from The NY Daily News
"Listen people! I love the Broncos and I bleed orange and blue. Don't let a representation of pride and art upset you," he tweeted.
He followed up again later with more defense of his traitorous tat.
Pundits are pro-Bolts; bettors not sold from The San Diego Union-Tribune
Oddsmakers and the betting public, in contrast, are shrugging at San Diego's offseason. Bovada.com listed the team's Super Bowl odds at 50 to 1 both going into the free agency season and again Wednesday after taking stock of a busy first week.
The same betting site, reflecting Reggie McKenzie's recent flurry of big investments, lowered Oakland's Super Bowl odds from 66 to 1 to 33 to 1.
The Denver Broncos saw their odds improve from 16-1 to 10-1. This despite Peyton Manning's retirement, the departure of his presumptive backup, Brock Osweiler, whom the Houston Texans signed to a contract worth $72 million; and the exits of defensive stalwarts Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan. Everyone likes a winner, right? The public seemingly hopped on the Denver Express after watching the recent Super Bowl.
As for the Kansas City Chiefs, their odds held at 25 to 1.
Gasol to be Honored By Tenn. Sports Hall of Fame from The Memphis Daily News
In addition, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame announced NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Kansas City Chiefs safety and former University of Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry as an honoree for the Male Professional Athletes of the Year Awards.