The Chiefs were ridiculously healthy entering this week but will now face the Houston Texans with Travis Kelce having a sore knee and who knows how bad Chris Jones is feeling or how he was even hurt on Thursday(?). The Royals avoided arbitration for another season. That’s just the beginning of what was a busy Friday.
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CHIEFS VS TEXANS
The talk on Friday was about the status of Chris Jones for Sunday’s game. Jones was reportedly involved in an incident in a clubhouse basketball game on Wednesday although Andy Reid said the injury occurred on Thursday. He was listed as a limited participant Thursday and did not practice on Friday.
Tracks Kelce’s injury is more of a bruise than anything according to Andy Reid. Kelce was limited again at practice on Friday.
Both Travis Kelce and Chris Jones are questionable to play on Sunday.
Will Fuller is expected to play for the Houston Texans on Sunday but Bill O’Brien is still saying that he is a game-time decision.
The Royals agreed with DH Jorge Soler on a 1-year, $7.3 million contract to avoid arbitration. Dayton Moore expects talks with Alex Gordon to heat up now that Soler is signed. They have the same agent.
Kansas Football promoted Emmett Jones to Passing Game Coordinator / Wide Receiver’s Coach and had his contract extended through 2022. Jones was considered a target for the Texas wide receivers coach position. Jones has done a terrific job recruiting and coaching in his first season with the Jayhawks.
Cuonzo Martin said that Missouri might be able to get ten points per game more by getting out in transition more often. Martin said that it doesn’t need to be the point guard starting the break.
Martin also said that Jeremiah Tilmon is day-to-day but has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Florida.
Tray Jackson has to continue to understand why he wasn’t playing earlier in the year according to Martin. The issues were his defense, setting screens and posting up strong.
BEST OF THE REST
– Mike Leach’s contract with Mississippi State is for four years at $5 million per year. Apparently Mississippi law limits contracts to four years. He will likely be extended each year.
– The Boston Red Sox agreed with Mookie Betts on a 1-year, $27 million contract. The deal reportedly also gives him a suite at road games. It’s his last year of arbitration. He will be a free agent next offseason.
– The Cincinnati Reds agreed with Trevor Bauer on a 1-year, $17.5 million contract avoiding arbitration.
– The Cleveland Indians agreed with Francisco Lindor on a 1-year, $17.5 million contract avoiding arbitration.
– The Chicago Cubs agreed with Javier Baez on a 1-year, $10 million contract avoiding arbitration.
– The New York Yankees agreed with Aaron Judge on a 1-year, $8.5 million contract, avoiding arbitration.
– The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed with Cody Bellinger on a 1-year, $11.5 million contract and Corey Seager on a 1-year, $7.6 million contract.
WHAT TO WATCH
Baylor and Kansas play at noon at Allen Fieldhouse on CBS. The Bears and Jayhawks are both 2-0 to start the conference season and tied with TCU and Oklahoma at the top of the standings.
The NFL playoffs kick off at 3:35 pm on NBC with Minnesota at San Francisco. The Vikings defeated New Orleans last weekend 26-20 in overtime to advance to this game. They lost three of their final five games in the regular season. The 49ers had a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They won three of their final five regular-season games. San Francisco is a seven-point favorite.
The late NFL playoff game is Tennessee at Baltimore at 7:15 pm on CBS. Tennessee won at New England last weekend to possibly end the Patriots’ dynasty. The Ravens haven’t lost since September 29 against Cleveland. They lost their only other game the week before at Kansas City. Baltimore is a 9 1/2 point favorite.
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