Bears hire DeLeone as inside linebackers coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired Mark DeLeone as inside linebackers coach.
DeLeone spent the past six seasons on Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City and worked with Bears coach Matt Nagy from 2013-17. DeLeone coached inside linebackers this season after serving as the Chiefs' assistant linebackers coach (2015-17) and defensive quality control coach (2013-14).
Chiefs keep things light with locker room trash talking
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyreek Hill was asked what goes through his head when a play breaks down and Patrick Mahomes is forced to improvise, and the Chiefs' wide receiver basically body-shamed his starting quarterback.
"When you see his slow behind roll out," Hill began, "or whatever he's doing, in my mind I go to, 'Alert! Alert! Alert! And I just have to get back to him and be around the ball."
Chiefs Preview Capsule
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-7)
New faces: WR Sammy Watkins, RB Kerwynn Williams, RB Damien Williams, QB Chad Henne, TE Tim Wright, CB David Amerson, CB Kendall Fuller, CB Orlando Scandrick, DT Xavier Williams, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Breeland Speaks, DT Derrick Nnadi, LB Dorian O'Daniel, SS Armani Watts, CB Tremon Smith.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid arrived Sunday on the campus of Missouri Western State University to start his 20th season as an NFL head coach, yet finds himself energized by what's new on his football team for 2018.
"There's more new I would say on both sides of the ball," Reid said. "Some of the old guys that have been here aren't here."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs signed second-round draft pick Breeland Speaks to his four-year rookie contract Thursday, making him the third of their six draft selections to sign a deal.
Kansas City did not have a first-round pick this year after trading it away last year to move up and select quarterback Patrick Mahomes II. So, new general manager Brett Veach waited until the 46th overall pick to grab Speaks, who is expected to bolster the Chiefs' weak pass rush this season.
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.
Chargers cornerback Hayward active for game vs Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward is active for Los Angeles' crucial AFC West showdown Saturday night with the Kansas City Chiefs after a calf injury landed him on this week's injury report.
Hayward had been questionable for the matchup between 7-6 teams tied atop the division.
Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali is active after missing practice with his chronically ailing knees, while linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (quad) and safety Eric Murray (ankle) are also available.
Chiefs’ Tamba Hali, Dee Ford ruled out for game at Giants
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs pass rushers Tamba Hali and Dee Ford have been ruled out Sunday against the New York Giants, while defensive lineman Allen Bailey was also ruled out for their struggling defense.
Wide receiver Albert Wilson was also ruled out Friday for the third straight game with a bad hamstring.
Chiefs activate OLB Hali from PUP list, waive CB White
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have activated linebacker Tamba Hali from the physically unable to perform list, though it's uncertain whether the five-time Pro Bowl selection will play Sunday in Dallas.
Hali missed the entire offseason program and training camp to rest and rehabilitate his ailing knees. He practiced for the first time Thursday and was taken off the PUP list Saturday.
The Chiefs waived cornerback D.J. White to make room for Hali on the 53-man roster.
Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali returns to practice
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali returned to practice for the first time since the end of last season, though it's unclear when he will be activated from the physically unable to perform list.
Hali's return Thursday begins a three-week window in which the Chiefs must decide whether to activate Hali or shut him down for the season. The 33-year-old Hali missed the offseason program and all of training camp to rest and rehabilitate his ailing knees.
Placekickers, backup QBs secure jobs, lots of NFL trades
Decisions on placekickers and backup quarterbacks dominated Saturday's round of NFL moves as the league went to one day of cuts.
Lots of established players such as Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali, Minnesota defensive linemen Sharrif Floyd and Datone Jones, New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich and Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston and wide receiver Cam Meredith wound up on injured reserve.
The Kansas City Chiefs trimmed their roster down to 53 players on Saturday afternoon, most notably slimming down their running back position.
The Chiefs cut ties with eighth-year veteran running back C.J. Spiller and placed Spencer Ware on injured reserve. They also cut undrafted free-agent Devine Redding, leaving the team with just three backs on the roster: third-round pick Kareem Hunt, fullback Anthony Sherman and change-of-pace back Charcandrick West.
Pittsburgh Steelers have the O-line to protect Roethlisberger vs. Kansas City Chiefs’ pass rush
The Kansas City Chiefs terrorized quarterbacks in the three seasons leading up to this one.
Sixth in 2013 with 47 sacks.
Fifth in 2014 with 46.
Fourth in 2015 with 47.
That's 140 sacks in three seasons.
But then 28 in 2016 to finish 28th. It's caused the recent storyline in Pittsburgh, in anticipation of the Steelers-Chiefs playoff showdown Sunday at Arrowhead, to read that the Chiefs' pass rush might just be overrated.
Chiefs’ Houston limited in practice ahead of playoff game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was limited in the final practice for Sunday's divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh, though his game status was left blank on the final injury report.
That means Houston should be available for the first time since a loss to Tennessee on Dec. 18.
Tyreek Hill is Chiefs’ playmaker as playoffs begin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — KANSAS CITY (12-4)
OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (15), PASS (19)
DEFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (26), PASS (18)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING — Alex Smith 3,502 yards, 15 TDs, 8 interceptions.
RUSHING — Spencer Ware 921 yards, 3 TDs; Charcandrick West 293, 1 TD; Alex Smith 134, 5 TDs.
Trevor Siemian in a walking boot, misses practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — This is not what Trevor Siemian had in mind when he said he wanted to follow in Peyton Manning's footsteps.
The Broncos quarterback was placed in a walking boot Wednesday and held out of practice after spraining his left foot in Denver's 30-27 overtime loss to Kansas City on Sunday night.
Charles and Bosa among inactive players on first NFL Sunday
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was inactive for Sunday's opener against the Chargers as he continues to rehab from surgery last season to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
Charles has been at practice for a few weeks but did not participate in any preseason games.