Sat Oct 19 5:57pm ET
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Moore smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Moore (8) throws as Denver Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson (22) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Matt Moore spent his spring as a scouting assistant with the Miami Dolphins, and he spent most of the summer gearing up for a season as an assistant high school football coach.
He'll be spending his fall trying to keep the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl hunt.
The journeyman quarterback, who was signed on the eve of the regular season following an injury to backup Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne, has been thrust into the starting role after reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes dislocated his kneecap in Thursday night's victory over the Broncos.
The injury happened as Mahomes was sneaking for a first down in the second quarter, and Moore played the rest of the way - his first meaningful snaps in two years - in an eventual 30-6 rout.
''You saw production from him for a number of years. He was in those situations where people would debate he should be the starter or the other guy should be the starter, wherever he as,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. ''You saw that ability to start football games and win.''
Now, his responsibility will be to keep the Chiefs (5-2) on the right track until Mahomes is able to return. An MRI taken Friday revealed no major damage to the ligaments in his right knee, and the team is hopeful that Mahomes could return in four to six weeks - roughly the amount of time until its bye.
''He's an inspirational guy,'' Moore said, when asked whether Mahomes said anything in the post-game locker room. ''He said a bunch of stuff about the team win, gave a bunch of props to the defense. The defense played outstanding. Just kind of brought us together and broke us down.''
The Chiefs actually came close to signing Moore before last season.
They were in search of a veteran backup for Mahomes, who was heading into his first season as the starter, and were wavering between Moore and Henne. They wound up selecting the latter, but Henne broke his ankle during a preseason game and the Chiefs decided to give Moore a chance.
He quickly picked up the intricate Kansas City offense over the first six weeks of the season, and he was good enough to keep the Broncos guessing the rest of the way Thursday night.
Moore wound up completing 10 passes for 117 yards with a 57-yard scoring strike to Tyreek Hill.
Most importantly, he didn't throw a pick or make any big mistakes.
''I was devastated for (Mahomes), obviously. He's been down and popped up pretty quick,'' Moore said. ''This one obviously wasn't that case. So I just hope he's OK. At the same time, we have to go and win a football game, and I've been in this position before and you just kind of move forward.''
Moore went 15-15 in 30 starts with the Panthers and Dolphins, and he appeared in 51 games in all over the course of 10 seasons with them. Adds his totals from Thursday night and he's thrown for more than 7,000 yards with 46 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.
Along with experience, he also appears to have the support of a locker room full of star players who expect nothing short of a championship. Hill is back from an earlier collarbone injury, and Kansas City could get more offensive reinforcements back soon - wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring), left tackle Eric Fisher (groin) and left guard Andrew Wylie (ankle) are making progress.
''With Pat out everybody has to step up to a whole other level. When the MVP goes down everybody has to step up,'' wide receiver Mecole Hardman said. ''We did that. Matt came in and did a great job. I think the O-line picked it up a bit. It's the next man up.''
The Chiefs also have a little extra time for Moore to get settled. They played the Broncos on Thursday night, and their next game doesn't come until they face the Packers a week from Sunday.
''Matt has been in the league for a long time. We have trust in him,'' Hardman said. ''We just had to go out there and play and keep everything the same. We can't dwell on it and get down.''
The Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and an eighth unidentified team had scouts present at free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick's (49ers) workout Saturday, Nov. 16, after it was moved from its original location.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi is expected to make his season debut in Week 11's game against the New England Patriots, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Ajayi could see a handful of offensive snaps versus New England but does not possess much fantasy value this week because he is behind RBs Miles Sanders and Boston Scott on the depth chart.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) will not play in Week 11's game against the New England Patriots, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Howard had been listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited practice participant throughout the week but he probably won't be sidelined for an extended period of time. RBs Miles Sanders and Boston Scott are likely to receive the bulk of the carries in his absence, with recently-resigned RB Jay Ajayi expected to see some offensive snaps as well.
San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) will play in Week 11's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Sanders had been listed as questionable on the injury report after missing all three of the team's practice sessions during the week. He's worthy of consideration as a starting option in all fantasy formats.
San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) will not play in Week 11's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Breida had been listed as doubtful on the injury report after missing all three of the team's practice sessions during the week. Tevin Coleman and Rasheem Mostert will split carries versus the Cardinals in his absence, with Coleman worthy of consideration as an RB2 and Mostert as a flex option in fantasy leagues.
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (illness, knee, ribs) is expected to play in Week 11's game against the Washington Redskins, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Bell had been listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in two of the team's three practice sessions during the week on a limited basis. He has a favorable matchup versus Washington and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) will not play in Week 11's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle had been listed as doubtful on the injury report after missing all three practice sessions during the week and there is no timetable for his return. None of San Francisco's other tight ends are worthy of consideration for fantasy lineups.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt will 'absolutely' continue to play a big role in the passing game, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt has 13 catches for 90 yards in two games for the Browns, and he has become a safety valve of sorts for quarterback Baker Mayfield. Throw in a handful of carries, and he is worth considering as a flex option in PPR formats.
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson has 13 total receptions in five games since QB Sam Darnold returned from a bout with mono.
Fantasy Spin: He actually had a big performance in Darnold's first game back, but Anderson has just eight catches for 97 yards in the last four games combined. A Week 11 matchup with Washington looks good on paper, but he is a big-play dependent flex option, at best.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker's 'upside' may be limited in Week 11 because of the coverage skills of Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White, according to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com.
Fantasy Spin: Parker had five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Buffalo, but with Preston Williams sidelined, White and the Bills can focus all their attention on Parker. He is a touchdown-dependent WR3.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) won't be activated from the Reserve/Injured list this season, head coach Bruce Arians said Saturday, Nov. 16.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans (foot) needs surgery on his foot and won't be activated from the Reserve/Injured list this season, head coach Bruce Arians said Saturday, Nov. 16.
Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes (groin) likely will be a game-time decision for the Week 11 game.
New England Patriots S Obi Melifonwu (undisclosed) was placed on the practice squad Reserve/Injured list this week.
Miami Dolphins WR Allen Hurns signed a two-year contract extension with the Dolphins Saturday, Nov. 16, worth $8 million, according to a source. The deal includes $3.27 million in guaranteed money.
Indianapolis Colts practice squad WR Deon Cain and Chicago Bears practice squad RB Kerrith Whyte were signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers 53-man roster Saturday, Nov. 16. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The Steelers also waived LB Jayrone Elliott and RB Tony Brooks-James.
Detroit Lions practice squad RB Bo Scarbrough was signed to the 53-man roster Saturday, Nov. 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB Paul Perkins.