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Depleted Dolphins sign Justin Houston, two other pass rushers ahead of playoff game vs. Chiefs | CBS Sports

Justin Houston spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Now the Pro Bowl pass rusher is headed back to Kansas City, but as a member of the Miami Dolphins, signing with Miami ahead of Sunday’s wild-card playoff game, per NFL Media.

Houston, who turns 35 later this month, could see a prominent role immediately, with all four of Miami’s top edge rushers injured. Starters Bradley Chubb and Jaelan Phillips are both on injured reserve, while Andrew Van Ginkel and Cameron Goode are also hurt.

A four-time Pro Bowler, Houston appeared in seven games for the Panthers earlier this year, logging two tackles for loss and three quarterback hits. He eventually landed on IR with a hamstring injury around midseason but requested and received his release from the team in December. Miami will be his fifth different team in the past four years.

How Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid unlocked Travis Kelce | ESPN

During his career, Kelce has been penalized six times for unsportsmanlike conduct and once for taunting. He was ejected from a game in 2016 for throwing a towel at an official after he was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. It’s worth noting that five of the seven penalties came in 2017 or earlier, meaning the first four seasons of his career.

“Those acts early on in his career were about him and the self-gratification of acting out,” Veach said. “Now he’s kind of been rewired. Now when he screws up, he’ll go right to Coach and say, ‘I’m sorry, Big Red.’ The game has become less about him and more about the team.”

Kelce is quick to show contrition when he slips up. He threw a punch during training camp at linebacker Jack Cochrane, who was trying to pry the ball away after Kelce made a catch.

Kelce apologized on social media for throwing the punch. Reid said he never had to approach Kelce about the incident because Kelce approached him first.

“You still see that passion and that craziness but in a productive way,” Veach said. “You still see that personality, but it’s done within the confines of professionalism and structure of doing things the right way. He’s a great example now.”

Travis Kelce’s Childhood Friend Is Now His Personal Chef | Kansas City Mag

Ferguson got a call from Kelce in 2016 asking for his help. The tight end wanted to step up his diet. At the time, Ferguson, who was driving a truck and had been for six years, had never worked in a professional kitchen.

“I flew out four days later and we haven’t looked back since,” Ferguson says.

Two Super Bowls later, it’s clear that Kelce’s dietary regimen is working. During the football season, Ferguson cooks three meals a day for the athlete, shopping for groceries between each one. Kelce handles the tunes while Ferguson whips up oatmeal with fresh fruit for breakfast and a seafood alfredo for dinner. But it’s not all counting calories (the tight end consumes over 4,000 calories on practice and game days).

Ticket Prices For NFL Wild Card Game Are Plummeting | TheSpun

As the game draws near an updated forecast for Kansas City paints a chilly picture for what both teams will experience. According to the latest forecast the temperature at kickoff will be below freezing with the wind chill dipping as low as negative-12 degrees.

Fans will to brave the incredibly cold weather will get a slight reprieve on their wallets. According to Dolphins reporter Joe Schad, the new “get-in” price for Saturday night’s game is just $74.

Chiefs-Dolphins game will not air in St. Joseph, home of the team’s training camp | News-Press NOW

The NBC affiliates in the two teams’ home markets also will air the game. In Kansas City, the game will be shown on KSHB and it will appear on NBC6 in Miami. Since St. Joseph is considered an adjacent market, the game will not be shown on KNPG.

“Of course, we’re disappointed in NBC’s decision,” said KNPG General Manager Stacey Hill. “Our viewers have come to rely on us for Chiefs’ games and Chiefs news. Unfortunately, this decision was made by the network and we’re obligated to abide by it.”

Around the NFL

Titans fire head coach Mike Vrabel after six seasons | NFL.com

Vrabel coached the Titans for the past six seasons, leading the Titans to a 54-45 record (.545 win percentage) and two playoff victories. The team later announced the news.

“Earlier today, I spoke with Mike Vrabel and told him about my decision to make a change at head coach,” owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement on Tuesday. “As I told Coach Vrabel, this decision was as difficult as any I’ve made as Controlling Owner. I appreciate Mike’s contributions to the Tennessee Titans both on and off the field. Anyone who has ever met him knows how passionate and genuine he is, and he’s been a strong supporter of the Nashville community. We wish Mike, Jen, and the Vrabel family nothing but the best in the future.”

Colts team owner Jim Irsay hospitalized | Stampede Blue

This morning the team has announced that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness and is receiving excellent care:

The Irsay family is, quite understandably, asking for privacy during this difficult time and by releasing a statement they have done their part to head off any rumors that were sure to crop up otherwise. We intend to honor that request for privacy but will report on information that becomes available and is confirmed. This is a very serious matter and should be treated as such. Keep that in mind if you choose to comment on this story.

T.J. Watt ruled out, Mason Rudolph will start vs. Bills | Yahoo!

Watt’s brother, J.J., noted on Sunday that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ edge rusher suffered a Grade 2 sprain and will need a couple of weeks to recover from the injury.

Watt finished the regular season with a league-leading 19.0 sacks. He also registered 19 tackles for loss and 36 quarterback hits.

“Playing without T.J. is significant,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “But we’ve played without a lot of people this year and this is another opportunity to strike a blow for the team.

More than 200 NFL league employees offered buyout package | Sports Business Journal

While the NFL’s postseason is days away, it is layoffs, rather than playoffs, that are a principal concern within the league’s Park Avenue, Manhattan headquarters. Industry sources say that 200-plus tenured league employees across departments were emailed a voluntary buyout package Monday. When adding age and years of service, any employee with a total of 70 or above qualified for the package, sources said.

Among the benefits offered in the package: three weeks salary for every year served, plus bonuses. Employees have until late February to take the buyout, sources said. The Super Bowl is Feb. 11.

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