Chiefs Preview Capsule
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-5)
New faces: Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, DE Alex Okafor, DE Frank Clark, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, DT Khalen Saunders, LB Damien Wilson, LB Darron Lee, LB...
Chiefs eager to see rookies in first preseason game
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — New Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo acknowledged after a spirited practice this week that he generally is reluctant to start rookies until they've...
Chiefs counting on Clark, Mathieu to provide leadership
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The back stories of safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Frank Clark are remarkably similar, starting with their rocky rides through college and right into their NFL...
Chiefs Training Camp Capsule
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-5)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, St. Joseph, Missouri
LAST YEAR: First-year starter Patrick Mahomes shattered nearly every franchise passing record while winning league...
Chiefs Draft Preview Capsule
29. KANSAS CITY (13-5)
LAST SEASON: Chiefs rolled to third straight AFC West title thanks to second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who shattered just about every franchise passing record...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs began free agency Wednesday by cutting one of their most popular players in strong safety Eric Berry, who was a dynamic presence when he was healthy...
Chiefs’ Berry confident he’ll play AFC title game vs Pats
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry sounded confident Friday that he'll be on the field when Kansas City plays the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium.
The three-time All-Pro has been a full participant in practice this week after dealing with a heel injury, but needs the OK from coach Andy Reid to take the field on Sunday night.
Chiefs’ Berry, Ware practice ahead of AFC title game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry and running back Spencer Ware returned to practice Wednesday, raising the possibility that both will be available for their AFC championship showdown with New England.
Chiefs missing Berry, Colts without Hooker for playoff game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs' Eric Berry and Spencer Ware joined the Colts' Malik Hooker and Tyquan Lewis in street clothes for their cold, snowy divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.
No. 1 seed Chiefs spending playoff bye week getting healthy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs went into their regular-season finale with a lot riding on the outcome.
Beat the Raiders and they would have their third consecutive AFC West championship and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, not to mention home-field advantage throughout. Lose to their longtime division rivals and risk falling to the No. 5 seed as a wild-card team with a much more difficult road to Atlanta.
Chiefs’ Berry misses practice after heel injury resurfaces
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry missed practice Friday after the heel injury that kept him out most of the season acted up, leaving his status for Sunday's pivotal game against Oakland in question.
The Chiefs (11-4) can clinch the AFC West and No. 1 seed in the playoffs by beating the Raiders.
Chiefs defense collapses in 4th quarter against Chargers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Berry made his long-awaited return to the field, Chris Jones piled up some more sacks to match an NFL record, and the Kansas City Chiefs' maligned defense finally looked like a dominant force for a while.
Or at least, one that wouldn't hold back their high-powered offense.
Chiefs star safety Eric Berry gets back on practice field
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Berry was back on the Kansas City Chiefs' practice field Wednesday for the first time since early in training camp, the first step toward the star safety being ready for games.
Chiefs getting healthy during bye as Berry awaits field
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid didn't even need someone to ask the question before he supplied the answer to what every Chiefs fan in Kansas City had been wondering throughout their bye week.
"I really don't have any news on Eric Berry," he said.
Longacre inactive, Watkins active for Rams-Chiefs showdown
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linebacker Matt Longacre is inactive for the Los Angeles Rams' showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Newcomer Dante Fowler started in Longacre's spot Monday night.
Longacre had started the Rams' past seven games, and he wasn't listed on Los Angeles' injury reports during the week.
Former Rams receiver Sammy Watkins is active for the Chiefs after missing last week's game with a foot injury.
Chiefs could get Houston, Sorensen on field vs Cardinals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs could be getting some much-needed help for their ailing, leaky defense when linebacker Justin Houston and safety Daniel Sorensen are expected to play against the Arizona Cardinals.
Houston has missed four straight games after hurting his hamstring, while Sorensen was added to the active roster this week after landing on injured reserve in training camp with a broken leg.
Chiefs, Bengals missing key pieces for Sunday night showdown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are missing top pass rusher Justin Houston and safety Eric Berry along with starting center Mitch Morse for their Sunday night game against the banged-up Cincinnati Bengals.
Houston is out with a hamstring injury and Berry has been hobbled by a heel injury since the start of training camp. Morse sustained a concussion in last week's loss in New England.
Bengals, Chiefs could be missing key players to injuries
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs could be without several starters on their already porous defenses when they meet Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Bengals ruled out first-round pick Darqueze Dennard, their best slot cornerback, with a shoulder injury Friday. They also ruled out linebacker Nick Vigil with a knee injury and listed safety Shawn Williams as questionable with a concussion
Chiefs, Patriots missing key defensive players for matchup
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Both the Chiefs and Patriots are without key defensive starters for their Sunday night matchup.
Safety Eric Berry out for Chiefs; Denver CB Brock inactive
DENVER (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were without safety Eric Berry on Monday night against the Denver Broncos, who did not have nickel cornerback Tramaine Brock for the game.
Berry didn't practice last week and was listed as doubtful with a heel injury. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Eric Murray. Brock left last week's game with a thigh injury and was limited in practice on Saturday.
Chiefs-Chargers each without defensive stars Berry, Bosa
The Los Angeles Chargers will replace defensive end Joey Bosa with second-year player Isaac Rochell, while the Kansas City Chiefs will be without one of their defensive stars in safety Eric Berry.
Chiefs’ Berry doubtful for game against Chargers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers in Los Angeles after missing most of training camp and all four preseason games with a heel injury.
Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder and coach Andy Reid said this week that Berry was "literally day to day," but he did not take part in any practices. That makes it unlikely that Berry, who missed most of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, will play in the Chiefs' regular-season opener.
Chiefs’ Berry remains questionable for season opener
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs headed into training camp in late July content with a pair of veterans in Daniel Sorensen and Eric Berry as their starting safeties.
Now, there's a good chance neither will start in their season opener Sunday.
Chiefs still without 3 defensive starters for preseason game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs will remain without three defensive starters, including star safety Eric Berry, when they visit the Chicago Bears for their third preseason game this weekend.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday that Berry was still dealing with a heel injury that has kept him out of practice the past few weeks. Berry returned during the summer from a torn Achilles tendon only to have the heel injury crop up early in training camp.
Chiefs lose pair of starters to injuries in practice
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif left practice Sunday to be evaluated for a concussion, while defensive tackle Xavier Williams and running back Damien Williams also left early.
The Chiefs said Xavier Williams had a stinger and Damien Williams hurt his shoulder.
Eric Berry did not participate in practice after skipping the Chiefs' preseason opener against Houston on Thursday night. Their star safety is dealing with a sore heel.
Chiefs’ safety depth takes hit ahead of preseason opener
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs were missing both starting safeties for the final practice ahead of their preseason opener with Eric Berry getting a planned day off and Daniel Sorensen leaving with a knee injury.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid is being cautious with Berry after the star safety missed nearly all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. The extent of Sorensen's injury was still being evaluated.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Eric Berry has twice overcome season-ending injuries, and the way the Kansas City Chiefs safety came back from a cancer diagnosis to play the following season was nothing short of inspirational.
In other words, Berry has every reason to rue what might have been.
Yet the undisputed leader of the Chiefs secondary would be driven to distraction if he wasted much time feeling sorry for himself.
Chiefs Training Camp Capsule
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, Missouri Western, St. Joseph, Missouri
AFC West Training Camp Capsules
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, Missouri Western, St. Joseph, Missouri
Chiefs release LB Tamba Hali, Parker
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have released one of their career sack leaders, Tamba Hali, and veteran stalwart of their secondary, Ron Parker, moves designed to help Kansas City get younger on defense and have some financial freedom for the start of free agency.
The Chiefs parted ways with longtime linebacker Hali on Monday. The move was hardly a surprise given his decreased production.
NFL Free Agency 2018: 4 interesting safety options
Cornerbacks might be more the rage in the DB hierarchy, but a good safety can also change a defense. Once considered a lower-priority position, we’ve seen an uptick in importance placed on safeties since the emergence of players such as Eric Berry, Earl Thomas and Devin McCourty, all of whom were members of the 2010 draft class.
The Houston area will have seven representatives on the West roster for the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Featuring 100 of the nation's top high school football players, the event is in its 18th year and will be televised on NBC. Notable alumni include Odell Beckham Jr., Stratford graduate Andrew Luck, Eric Berry, Tim Tebow and Sam Darnold. A total of 351 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni have been drafted by NFL teams.
Seattle’s Earl Thomas voted top safety in AP rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — Earl Thomas bounced back from a broken leg that had him contemplating retirement to reclaiming his place as the NFL's top safety.
The Seattle Seahawks' playmaking star and defensive leader was voted the league's No. 1 player at his position in The Associated Press positional rankings.
Thomas easily beat out Minnesota's Harrison Smith and Kansas City's Eric Berry in the voting, which was conducted by Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton and 10 AP football writers.
NFL’s all-injury team can rival All-Pro squad
The NFL's all-injury team may be better than the All-Pro team this season.
Aaron Rodgers behind center. David Johnson and Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Odell Beckham Jr., Julian Edelman and Brandon Marshall at wide receiver. Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert split tight end reps. Joe Thomas and Jason Peters anchor the offensive line.
Then there's Deshaun Watson, Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford and Ryan Tannehill. Derek Carr and Jameis Winston have also missed a few games.
Chiefs have overcome injuries, schedule woes in 5-0 start
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid had just finished the Kansas City Chiefs' morning walkthrough inside the team's practice facility when he stepped up to a microphone and began a roster roll call.
At least, that's what it sounded like.
The long list of names was in fact the injury report, a listing of guys who weren't going to be at the full afternoon practice.
Hunt scores 2 TDs as Chiefs hold on to beat Eagles 27-20
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs followed their offensive-minded upset of the New England Patriots by leaning on their stout, opportunistic defense to upend the Philadelphia Eagles.
Two wins. Two vastly different ways to achieve them.
"No two games area alike in this league," said Alex Smith, who threw for 251 yards and a touchdown in their 27-20 victory on Sunday. "You have to find ways to make adjustments."
Six sacks and two interceptions is a good place to start.
Pro Football Weekly’s Power Rankings are updated every Tuesday during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date.
Rankings will change each week due to personnel changes, injuries and performance on the field, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come. Rankings will fluctuate a great deal more the first few weeks of the season as teams seek their levels and schedules balance out.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost Eric Berry to an Achilles injury in their opener against the New England Patriots, and Saturday morning, they signed a familiar face to fill his spot.
The Chiefs signed safety Steven Terrell, the team announced. Terrell impressed during training camp with Kansas City, but was let go a week ago during cutdowns.
Way We Hear It: Eric Berry’s potential loss can’t be overstated for Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs’ massive victory in Week 1 against the New England Patriots appears to be a Pyrrhic one.
All signs point to the injury suffered by S Eric Berry in the game to be a significant one to his Achilles, which would end his season after less than one full game. There’s no other way to state it: The loss would be a massive one for the Chiefs.
Many players on No. 25 Tennessee continue family tradition
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee safety Todd Kelly Jr. remembers how he often played the video highlights of his father's senior season with the Volunteers.
He'd see some of his dad's memorable moments during a career that included 22 ½ sacks, two SEC championships and a Sugar Bowl victory. He'd watch that tape over and over again until technology caught up with him.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali started training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
But he was still a center of attention.
Earlier this week, just a couple of days before players started reporting to St. Joseph for training camp, Hali vented frustration with playing time last season and his displeasure with teammates who did not show up for the team's Optional Team Activities (OTAs).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith has gone through hundreds off offseason workouts with Eric Berry, Justin Houston and Marcus Peters. Yet the Chiefs quarterback felt compelled to introduce himself Tuesday.
Call it some good-natured ribbing after the three defensive stars skipped voluntary workouts.
"Didn't know if they'd forgotten us here," Smith said with a grin. "Been awhile."
A list of 55 of the top incoming senior high school football players in the state of Texas received nominations to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 6 at the Alamodome.
The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, its national network of coaches and scouts, and 247Sports. Of 400 nominees from across the nation, a group of 100 players will be selected for the bowl.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Berry sat behind a small table in the Chiefs training complex, flanked by his parents, and made the kind of admission that probably made general manager John Dorsey wonder.
"Someone could have offered me more money somewhere else, and they could have offered me less here, and it wouldn't have balanced out," Berry said. "You can't put a price on chemistry."
Well, the Chiefs were forced to put a price on it anyway.
What to look for as free agency begins in the NFL
On first look, it's tempting to ask "Is that all there is?" on the NFL free agency front.
A deeper investigation reveals some talent being available at most positions. As for studs, game changers and franchise players, well, there simply isn't much now that the Steelers won't be letting prize running back Le'Veon Bell slip away.
Chiefs cut Charles to sign Berry, Duvernay-Tardif to deals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had to release one of the greatest players in franchise history so they could retain the heart and soul of their defense and solidify the future of their offensive line.
AP Source: Chiefs, Berry finalizing $78M, 6-year contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are finalizing a $78 million, six-year deal with Eric Berry that will make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been announced.
AP Source: Chiefs release 4-time Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have released four-time Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, clearing more than $6 million in salary cap space, a person familiar with the move tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the move had not been announced.
Chiefs sign veteran running back Spiller to provide depth
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have signed veteran running back C.J. Spiller, providing depth behind Spencer Ware in a move that could mean Jamaal Charles will be cut in a cost-saving move.
The Chiefs would owe Charles more than $6 million this season, a big price tag for a running back who missed most of last year to knee surgery. They would not incur a salary cap hit by letting him go and it is possible Charles could re-sign for less money.