Chiefs Announce Release of Running Back Jamaal Charles

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The Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the team has released running back Jamaal Charles.

“On behalf of my family and the entire Kansas City Chiefs team, I’d like to thank Jamaal Charles for his contributions and dedication over the last nine seasons,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Jamaal has been one of the most prolific players in our organization’s history, and I have an enormous amount of respect for what he has accomplished. He’ll always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we’ll be ready to honor him for his outstanding playing career when the time is right.”

“I have a great deal of admiration for Jamaal Charles, his toughness, and what he’s been able to achieve in his time in Kansas City,” General Manager John Dorsey said. “These decisions are never easy, but we felt it was in the best interests of the club to move on at this time. We wish Jamaal and his family the best of luck in their next step.”

“I’ve been privileged to work with a lot of talented players over the years, and Jamaal Charles ranks up there with the great ones,” Head Coach Andy Reid said. “I appreciate the way he came to work every day, he gave us everything he had day-in and day-out. I’ve said it before, I think he’s a future Hall of Famer.”

Schefter: Chiefs Close to Wrapping Up Deal with Safety Eric Berry

It sounds like the Chiefs are serious about making sure they get the leader of their defensive backfield back in 2017 and beyond, as reports are the team is going to ink safety Eric Berry.

This is excellent news for the Chiefs, as they try and make sure to keep that defensive strong heading into next season.

Chiefs Ink Former First-Round Pick RB C.J. Spiller

The Chiefs today announced they have added some depth to the running back spot, bringing in former Buffalo Bills first-round pick C.J. Spiller.

It’s the fourth team for Spiller in the past five months, so to think he’s going to contribute much is going to be tough, but the Chiefs are willing to give him a shot.

Chiefs Most Likely Won’t Pick Up Option on QB Nick Foles

It looks like the Chiefs are moving in a different direction with their backup QB position, as reports say the team is going to not going to pick up the option for quarterback Nick Foles.

Here’s the report.

The Chiefs are likely to pass on quarterback Nick Foles‘ option for 2017, sources tell Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. Interestingly, Garafolo hears that the option would have paid Foles $6.4MM rather than the $10.4MM figure that was reported by many outlets. Nick Foles (vertical)

Foles will now enter the free agent market at a time when several teams are desperate for answers at quarterback. The veteran may not be an inspiring option, but he could be an affordable placeholder for clubs that are not inspired by this year’s crop of signal callers in free agency or the draft. At minimum, Foles can find a home as an experienced No. 2 QB, but he’ll almost certainly earn less than $6.4MM in 2017.

Last year, Foles appeared in three games and got one start while Alex Smith was banged up. In that limited sample, he completed 65.5% of his passes while throwing three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Foles had his breakout year in 2013 under Chip Kelly in Philadelphia but he has yet to repeat that success. In between the Eagles and Chiefs, Foles spent 2015 with the Rams, a season he’d like to forget.

Steelers vs Chiefs AFC Divisional Playoff Game Inactives

Steelers: QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, LB Anthony Chickillo, OT Brian Mihalik, TE Ladarius Green, DE Ricardo Mathews

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, TE Ross Travis, OL Mike Person, RB Knile Davis, LB Victor Ochi, CB D.J. White, DL T.J. Barnes

Steelers at Chiefs Thursday Injury Report

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Le’Veon Bell (not injury related), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), TE Ladarius Green (concussion), DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle), QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion), LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
  Thursday LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), TE Ladarius Green (concussion), DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Sean Davis (shoulder), DE Stephon Tuitt (ankle)
  Thursday LB Bud Dupree (shin), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Robert Golden (ankle)
  Thursday S Sean Davis (shoulder), S Robert Golden (ankle), QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot), DE Stephon Tuitt (ankle), LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Justin Houston (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Eric Berry (achilles), RB Spencer Ware (rib)
  Thursday S Eric Berry (achilles), LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Justin Houston (knee), RB Spencer Ware (rib)

Chiefs RB Ware Returns to Practice, Houston Misses Practice with Knee Swelling

Spencer Ware

The Kansas City Chiefs got some good news Wednesday in practice, as running back Spencer Ware was back on a limited basis. The team was without linebacker Justin Houston, who also missed Sunday’s 33-10 win with swelling in his knee.

Houston missed the Chiefs first nine games recovering from knee surgery.

Ware left the game against the Broncos Sunday due to injured ribs, but coach Andy Reid said the running back could have come back in but there was no need with a big lead.

Others listed by the Chiefs as practicing on a limited basis Wednesday were cornerback Phillip Gaines (knee), who missed the Broncos game, and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee). Wide receiver Chris Conley was listed as a full participant while dealing with an ankle injury.

Raiders vs Chiefs NFL Week 14 Capsule

OAKLAND RAIDERS (10-2) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

RAIDERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER   59-51-2
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jack Del Rio: 3-5 Andy Reid: 7-3
LAST WEEK W 38-24 vs. Buffalo W 29-28 at Atlanta
LAST GAME 10/16/16: Chiefs 26 at Raiders 10. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware has 163 yards from scrimmage & rush TD. Chiefs LB Dee Ford has 2 sacks & FF.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/3/16: Chiefs 23, Raiders 17. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware rushes for 76 yards & TD. Chiefs LB D.J. Alexander blocks punt through end zone for safety.
REFEREE Terry McAulay
BROADCAST NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Trent Green. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Oak), 81 (KC). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Oak), 225 (KC).

STATS

PASSING Derek Carr: 300-458-3375-24-5-100.3 Alex Smith: 250-371-2567-11-4-92.5
RUSHING Latavius Murray: 140-553-4.0-11 (T3L) Spencer Ware: 163-734-4.5-3
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 68-981-14.4-4 Travis Kelce (TE): 65-815-12.5-3
OFFENSE 391.7 333.3
TAKE/GIVE +12 (3L) +14 (1L)
DEFENSE 389.7 384.9
SACKS Khalil Mack: 10 (T3L) Dee Ford: 10 (T3L)
INTs Reggie Nelson: 3 Marcus Peters: 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Marquette King: 48.2 (2L) Dustin Colquitt: 46.3
KICKING Sebastian Janikowski: 101 (32/32 PAT; 23/29 FG) Cairo Santos: 99 (24/26 PAT; 25/28 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERS: Aim for 7th win in row…QB DEREK CARR has 95+ rating in 4 of past 5. Has 11 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs in past 5…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY ties for 3rd in NFL with 11 rush TDs, incl. 2 last week. Has 3 rush TDs in past 4 vs. KC… WR AMARI COOPER had 10 catches for 129 yards in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Since 2015, is 1 of 6 in NFL with 140+ catches (140) & 14.0+ yards per catch avg. (14.7). WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 meetings. Has 5 rec. TD in past 8 vs. division. WR ANDRE HOLMES had TD catch in last meeting…DE KHALIL MACK has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in past 3 meetings. Aims for 8th in row with sack. Has 10 sacks, 11 TFL, 4 FFs, 3 FR & INT-TD in past 9. Since 2015, leads NFL with 25 sacks. LB BRUCE IRVIN aims for 4th in row with sack. CB DAVID AMERSON had INT-TD in last meeting at KC…CHIEFS: Aim for 9th win in row vs. division…QB ALEX SMITH has 18 pass TDs vs. 3 INTs for 107.0 rating in 9 career starts vs. Oak…RB SPENCER WARE had 163 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD vs. Oak…WR JEREMY MACLIN has 3 TD catches in past 3 meetings. TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 4th in row with 100+ rec. yards. WR TYREEK HILL ties for 2nd among rookies with 7 total TDs (5 rec., 1 rush, 1 KR-TD)…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for 4th in row vs. Oak with sack. Has 4 sacks in past 2. S ERIC BERRY had INT-TD & INT for 2-pt conversion last week. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 10 sacks. NT DONTARI POE had rush TD in last meeting.

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