Arkush: Reasons for optimism abound in new-look Chicago Bears secondary
BOURBONNAIS — There is more than a little buzz around the Chicago Bears defense this summer, and the possibility it might just take a significant step forward.
The front seven is re-stocked and locked with Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman and Jaye Howard up front and Leonard Floyd, Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston and Nick Kwiatkoski all hoping to make a difference at the second level.
If Pernell McPhee makes it back, so much the better.
Hub Arkush: Howard, Houston could be big for Chicago Bears ‘D’ if recovered from injuries
To hear most folks tell it, you’d think wide receiver Kevin White was the only promising Chicago Bear trying to overcome injuries and finally break through on the field.
Apparently, those guys haven’t been paying attention.
The fortunes of the Bears defense could also very well turn on the recovery and rehab from injuries of a few key players.
Chicago Bears training camp capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (3-13)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois.
LAST YEAR: Injuries and poor play doomed Bears to worst season in decades. Chicago posted lowest win total in non-strike year since 1973 team went 3-11, and most losses since 1969. Bears also missed playoffs for ninth time in 10 seasons. Chicago had 19 players finish season on injured reserve, which exposed team's lack of depth.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed veteran defensive lineman Jaye Howard to a one-year contract.
Howard was waived by Kansas City with a failed physical designation late last month after being limited to eight games by a hip injury last season.
The 28-year-old Howard started 13 of the 16 games he played in two years ago, racking up 36 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks. He parlayed that into a $12 million, two-year contract prior to last season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs waived Jaye Howard with a failed physical designation Monday after the veteran defensive tackle was limited to eight games by a hip injury last season.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said last week Howard was progressing with rehab work following hip surgery.
The 28-year-old Howard started 13 of the 16 games he played in two years ago, racking up 36 tackles and 5½ sacks. He parlayed that into a $12 million, two-year contract prior to last season.
Chiefs defensive lineman Jaye Howard goes on injured reserve
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs defensive lineman Jaye Howard has been put on injured reserve with a hip injury.
The five-year veteran has been out for several weeks, and the Chiefs decided Thursday that he was unlikely to make it back this season. There was no corresponding roster move made.
Peters active for Chiefs-Broncos but 3 KC starters out
DENVER (AP) — Cornerback Marcus Peters is active for Kansas City's game at Denver on Sunday night, but fellow Chiefs starters Dee Ford, Jaye Howard and Jeremy Maclin are out.
Peters is dealing with a hip injury that limited him in practice during the week. Howard also has a hip injury, Ford a strained hamstring and Maclin a pulled groin.
Other Chiefs inactives: quarterback Tyler Bray, cornerback Steen Nelson, tight end Ross Travis and O-lineman Mike Person.
Chiefs’ Maclin to miss third straight game with groin injury
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will miss his third consecutive game when Kansas City visits the Denver Broncos for a pivotal AFC West showdown Sunday night.
Maclin hurt his groin early against Jacksonville on Nov. 6 and has not played since. His absence has coincided with a pronounced drop in production by the offense.
Several KC starters miss practice, Peters easing way back
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs hope to get at least some of their injured players back for Sunday night's showdown at Denver.
But as of Wednesday, the prognosis for their return was still unsure.
Five starters, including linebacker Dee Ford (hamstring), wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin), nose tackle Dontari Poe (knee), Jaye Howard (hip), and linebacker Derrick Johnson, all didn't practice.
The Chiefs and Broncos are tied for second in the AFC West at 7-3, a game behind Oakland.
Chiefs without Maclin; Houston could play vs Tampa Bay
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs again will be without top wide receiver Jeremy Maclin when they play Tampa Bay on Sunday, though it's increasingly likely linebacker Justin Houston will make his season debut.
Maclin was listed out on Friday's final injury report with a groin strain. He hurt it in practice a few weeks ago, tweaked it against Jacksonville and was inactive last Sunday at Carolina.
Chiefs’ Justin Houston could return against Buccaneers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston could make his season debut this weekend against Tampa Bay.
Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that the four-time Pro Bowler is "heading in that direction," but he also warned that there is no hurry to get Houston onto the field.
Houston had surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee in February.
Chiefs to visit Carolina without Houston, Maclin, Howard
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston will have to wait at least another week before making his season debut after the star pass rusher was ruled out for Sunday's game at Carolina.
Houston had surgery to repair his left ACL in February and was removed from the physically unable to perform list this week. But the Chiefs are being careful with his recovery, and coach Andy Reid decided Friday to give him at least another week of practice to get ready for game action.
Chiefs’ Spencer Ware ruled out vs. Jaguars with concussion
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Jacksonville with a concussion, though wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and defensive tackle Jaye Howard will be available.
Maclin returned to practice Friday after tweaking his hamstring earlier in the week, while Howard was back after dealing with a hip injury he suffered last weekend against Indianapolis.
Chiefs’ Smith ruled out, Charles undergoing surgery on knee
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid had just declared Alex Smith out with a head injury, announced Jamaal Charles was undergoing knee surgery and revealed that Spencer Ware had yet to pass a battery of concussion tests.
Then it started to rain.
It was a fitting soundtrack for a stunningly gloomy midweek briefing.