Depending on the severity of Mahomes’ injury, that becomes a very real question for the win-now Chiefs — and one they should absolutely consider.
Manning would be a legit, one-year rental option, if Mahomes is out for the entire season, or even a lengthy stretch.
A metro church is asking for a little help, a little divine intervention, you could say.
”With the last two games, we kind of thought that they may need some type of help,” said Dave Burton, facilities director at Asbury United Methodist church in Prairie Village. “We knew that his ankle was injured so we decided to possibly have a healing service to help him heal that ankle quicker.”
The church plans to hold prayer services Sunday morning to ask for God’s help in healing Mahomes’ injured ankle.
Falcons defensive end Allen Bailey was on the 2015 Chiefs. He played in 12 games and was part of their march to the playoffs.
“We kept it in-house,” Bailey said Thursday. “Correcting our mistakes and getting ourselves together. We were beating ourselves up with penalties and dumb plays, kind of the stuff we are doing with penalties. Shooting ourselves in the foot, you know.
“We just took it upon ourselves to correct that stuff. It started in practice. We practiced great. We practiced hard and kept transiting that to the games.
“We were making practice really as significant as it [can] be.”
Penn State announced on Thursday that former All-American defensive end Tamba Hali will serve as the honorary captain for Penn State’s Whiteout game against Michigan. In our Top 5 Whiteout plays, Hali’s sack and forced fumble on Ohio State’s Troy Smith ranked second.
As a senior, Hali was an All-American and also named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. He finished the 2005 season with 11 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. Hali would go on to spend 12 years in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs before being released back in March 2018. Over those dozen years, Hali amassed 89.5 sacks, forced 33 fumbles and even had two interceptions.
Former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun football standout Justin “Juice” Hamilton is back on an active NFL roster for the first time since 2018.
A fixture on the Louisiana defensive front for four seasons, from 2011-2014, Hamilton signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday.
Hamilton worked out for the Cowboys last month.
A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Hamilton was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on August 31.
The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Hamilton appeared in four games for Kansas City last season, after playing in one game for the Chiefs, as well as three with the Philadelphia Eagles, in 2017.
More than 300,000 individuals are food-insecure in our immediate region alone, making up nearly 14 percent of the local population. It’s an unfortunate reality that affects thousands right here in Kansas City on a daily basis, and once again, the Chiefs are teaming up with Harvesters and Hy-Vee to make it a thing of the past.
All three organizations came together at Arrowhead Stadium on Wednesday morning to kick off the annual Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive, which is the largest food-relief initiative in the National Football League.
In fact, the drive provided nearly 265,000 meals last year alone, creating real change for families in need while setting an example for what this community can achieve.
Around the league
Question for the gallery: Can a bout be defined as a Revenge Game if a player never actually played a regular season game for the opponent?
This is the situation we sit in with New York Jets veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas. The 31-year-old wideout signed a deal with the New England Patriots in the offseason, was released during final roster cuts on Aug. 31, re-signed with the Pats on Sept. 2, was inactive Week 1 due to a hamstring injury and finally traded to New York on Sept. 10. The Jets and Pats face off Monday night.
”It was insulting, for sure,” Thomas told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Wednesday about the machinations of his exit from New England. “Once I got cut (on Aug. 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone. So, it’s like, ‘Why did I waste my time?’ Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me.”
The cornerback practiced for the first time with the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday since they acquired him from the Jacksonville Jaguars for two first-round picks and a fourth-round selection.
Ramsey was listed as a full participant with the back injury that sidelined him for the last two weeks in Duval. He was joined on the injury report by running backs Todd Gurley (limited, quad) and Malcolm Brown (DNP, ankle).
Asked Thursday whether he’d be ready to play against Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon, Ramsey deferred to the coaches and the future.
”We got a couple more days to figure it out. We’re going to do what’s smart for myself and the team but I hope so,” Ramsey said, per The Los Angeles Times. “I hope I can go help and contribute to a win somehow, someway whether its limited or whatever.”
In his Thursday presser, Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther expressed disgust with his starting LB’s season-long ban.
”For us to sign him and the history I had with this guy, with us knowing that the next infraction he was going to get was gonna end his season, maybe his career, I think it was a witch hunt from the beginning quite honestly,” Guenther said. “Somebody in the league didn’t want him playing football and they got what they wanted. So we’re going to keep a close eye, the Raiders are going to keep a close eye and make sure everybody’s being held to the same standard as Vontaze was.”
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Early in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was injured during a quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-1 play at the Broncos 5-yard line.
Mahomes was clearly in pain as the bodies were unpiled from the successful sneak, removing his helmet before trainers could arrive.
Trainers were clearly working on Mahomes’ right knee. It appeared that trainers attempted to relocate something.
On a night the Chiefs’ defense finally seemed to click — Frank Clark woke up, Anthony Hitchens played fantastic in his return to the lineup and the defense exploded for nine sacks — and it was all ruined due to Patrick Mahomes’ second-quarter injury.
Whether the defense showed such wild improvement because of seven games together, Joe Flacco moving a lot worse than Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett can or some combination of both, the fact is it does not really matter until we learn the diagnosis (and prognosis) of Mahomes’ injury.
It was a good win and an extremely positive sign for the defense. But the Chiefs are not a Super Bowl team without Mahomes.
So now... we wait.
Backup quarterback Matt Moore put in an admirable effort replacing Mahomes. You could tell the offense was tailored to help him avoid risky plays — and he executed it. He was able to get a few first downs and chew some clock in the second half. Then — with the third quarter winding down — Moore stepped up and made a beautiful throw to wide receiver Tyreek Hill down the right sideline to extend the lead to 27-6. Simply put, Moore played as well as you can expect a backup quarterback to play in that situation.
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