Tue Jan 31 6:00am ET
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) celebrates his touchdown catch with wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) and center Jason Kelce (62) during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the New York Giants, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce talks to the media before an NFL football workout, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in Philadelphia. The Eagles are scheduled to play the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in the NFC championship game.(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce celebrates after the NFL AFC Championship playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 23-20. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of the NFL AFC Championship playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, left, embraces head coach Andy Reid after the NFL AFC Championship playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 23-20. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, center, stands with defensive end Brandon Graham (55) offensive tackle Lane Johnson (65), defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, and center Jason Kelce (62) after the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 31-7. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Donna Kelce is going to have to pull out that now-familiar custom jersey - the one with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's front stitched to Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce's back - one more time this season.
At least this time, she'll get to see her boys in person.
For the first time in Super Bowl history, a pair of siblings will play each other on the NFL's grandest stage. Kelce helped the Chiefs return to their third championship game in four seasons on Sunday night when they beat the Bengals for the AFC title, while Jason has the Eagles back for the second time in six years after their NFC title win over the 49ers.
''Cool scenario to be in, you know?'' Travis Kelce said. ''My mom can't lose.''
Or maybe can't win.
Indeed, there have been plenty of famous NFL siblings over the years, and many had some memorable matchups: Peyton and Eli Manning, Tiki and Ronde Barber. But they never reached the same Super Bowl, or had to put their dear old mom in such a predicament, where one will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the other one's expense.
''It's going to be an amazing feeling playing against him,'' added Travis, whose team has gotten the better of big brother's Eagles the last three matchups. ''I respect everyone over there in the Eagles' organization. You won't see me talk too much trash because of how much I love my brother. But it's going to be an emotional game, for sure.''
Jason Kelce was even ever-so-briefly a Chiefs fan Sunday night, pulling on a Kansas City sweatshirt for about the 3 hours between the end of the Eagles' 31-7 rout of San Francisco and the finish of his little brother's 23-20 win over Cincinnati.
''That's it for the rest of the year,'' Jason said with a smile. ''I am done being a Chiefs fan.''
He'll leave that to mom and dad.
While her husband, Ed, has mostly kept private over the years, Donna has been a fixture as she crisscrosses the country to watch her boys. During wild-card weekend last year, she started in Tampa Bay watching the Eagles against the Buccaneers, then hopped a plane to Kansas City in time to watch the Chiefs play the Steelers at night.
She's already seen both of her sons win Super Bowls, too: The Eagles beat the Patriots in 2018 in Minneapolis, and the Chiefs rallied to beat the 49ers in Miami two years later.
She hasn't seen much of them lately, though. The way the playoff schedule worked out for the divisional round and the conference championship games, it was impossible for Donna to make it to see both of her boys in person.
In any case, they've come a long way from their solidly middle-class upbringing in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Jason blazed the trail as as the star offensive lineman who earned a scholarship to Cincinnati, and Travis soon followed suit. Both caught the eyes of NFL scout during their college careers, and of one coach in particular: Andy Reid.
It was Big Red who, while coaching the Eagles, used a sixth-round pick on Jason during the 2011 draft. And two years later, after Reid had gotten a fresh start in Kansas City, the Chiefs used a third-rounder to bring Travis into the fold.
''Big brother probably protected Travis from doing some crazy things. He probably talked him from dropping off a ladder into raked-up leaves once or twice,'' Reid said Monday. ''Listen, they're both at heart very competitive and compassionate, is the biggest thing. They care and they care about people and they care about they're game.''
They also happen to be very good at it.
Jason has been to six Pro Bowls and was just voted an All-Pro for the fifth time, and he's emerged as one of the best offensive linemen in Eagles history. Travis has been to eight Pro Bowls, just made a fourth All-Pro team and is second in NFL history to Jerry Rice in playoff catches, yards and touchdowns.
Football's not the only thing they're good at, either.
The brothers have new a podcast called ''New Heights with Jason & Travis Kelce,'' which takes listeners on a riotous. real-time ride through the NFL season. The weekly shows are recorded on Tuesdays and last between 60 and 90 minutes, the two NFL stars playfully playing off each other as if they were hanging out in mom's basement.
Special guests have included Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes.
''They have a good mesh there, and a good relationship,'' Reid said. ''I think Travis has grown up a lot. Jason probably came in a bit more mature - Travis was a little immature. But he's really grown into a good person.
''I have invested time in both of those two,'' Reid added, ''so I feel like a part of the family.''
Championship Round Preview
The New York Jets signed wide receiver/kick returner Diontae Spencer to a Reserve/Futures deal on Tuesday. Spencer spent some time on the Jets' practice squad in 2022 but never made it to the active roster on game day. The 30-year-old went undrafted out of McNeese State in 2019 and spent his first three seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, catching 10 of 18 targets for 54 yards and no touchdowns in 42 games (to starts). He also returned 68 punts for 667 yards and one touchdown and returned 47 kickoffs for 1,008 yards with Denver. Spencer will serve as additional receiver depth for the Jets in 2023.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (ankle, leg) said he's three to four weeks from being fully cleared for practice and said he'll be 100 percent healthy for organized team activities this offseason. Lance fractured his fibula and sustained ligament damage in his right ankle in Week 2 and didn't play again the rest of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) is a free agent and Brock Purdy (elbow) will miss around six months after tearing the UCL in his right elbow in the NFC Championship. If Lance doesn't suffer any setbacks leading up to the 2023 regular season opener, he figures to be the favorite to start under center for the Niners, barring an outside veteran addition at the position.
Dynasty | Robert Woods is a likely cap casualty for the Titans Dynasty Analysis: Woods is entering his age-31 season and was returning from an ACL tear before turning in a disappointing 2022 campaign. The numbers just aren't justified for a team looking to get younger and the likelihood is for the veteran to seek employment elsewhere unless he's willing to take a pay cut to remain in Tennessee. Woods is found as DLF's WR81 and is fading quickly.
Dynasty | Nyheim Hines remains a "realistic" cap-casualty option Dynasty Analysis: The Bills aren't in a great cap situation and will need to clear about $20M to get into compliance for 2023. Hines carries a potential savings of $4.79M. It's looking like a very realistic scenario that Hines is cut and Devin Singletary departs in free agency. Rookie sensation Bijan Robinson has been popularly mocked to the Bills with their 28th selection in the first round, a pick that would make a great team even better. As for Hines, DLF's RB59, he's still only 26 years of age and is one of the most electric third-down options in the game while also possessing special teams ability. He should have little trouble finding attractive contract options this offseason if cut.
Dynasty | Isaiah McKenzie could be a cap-casualty in 2023 Dynasty Analysis: This stands to reason as the Bills struggled to find WR3 consistency in 2022 and McKenzie would provide a $2.62M cap savings for a team needing to shed $20M to get into compliance. At only 27 years of age, McKenzie still has value as a potential slot option but it may not be with the Bills in 2023 who are certain to look for an upgrade. He's listed as DLF's WR89. He profiles as a WR5/WR6 flier at best in deep-roster leagues.
Dynasty | Brock Purdy completely tore his UCL during the early minutes of the NFC Championship game. Dynasty Analysis: There's a lot to unpack here. The most notable issue is Purdy's torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his throwing elbow. The injury will keep him out of activities for at least six months. Beyond that remains the question as to whether he will need Tommy John surgery, a significant procedure for a "thrower" athlete. It's a rare injury for a quarterback and far more common with pitchers in baseball. In either case, Purdy is staring down a long recovery time but Tommy John surgery could shelve him for a full year.In fantasy, there's a lot up in the air. Jimmy Garoppolo is likely heading elsewhere in free agency after failing to finish yet another season. Trey Lance, who was the expected starter in 2022 should be healthy and under-center to begin 2023 once again. Whether he could hold off a healthy Brock Purdy, who piloted the team to the NFC Championship game, is another question. Purdy has seen a meteoric rise due to his unexpected win streak as Mr. Irrelevant in the 2022 NFL Draft. Similar to Cowboys backup starter Cooper Rush who showed the ability to win games by managing the offense while taking care of the football. It now seems even more unlikely that Purdy will supplant Lance as the starter to kick off the 2023 regular season. Furthermore, if Tommy John surgery is required, it would seem likely Purdy heads to IR for the season. Brock Purdy is listed as DLF's QB29.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed tight end Nick Bowers and quarterback Jake Browning to Reserve/Futures deals on Tuesday. The team also signed defensive ends Owen Carney and Raymond Johnson III, offensive tackle Devin Cochran, safety Yusuf Corker, defensive tackle Domenique Davis, offensive guard Nate Gilliam, tight end Tanner Hudson, linebacker Keandre Jones, wide receiver Kwamie Lassiter II and cornerback Marvell Tell III to futures deals. Bowers spent all season on the team's practice squad before being elevated to the active roster for the Divisional Round win over the Buffalo Bills, but he didn't play any offensive snaps. Browning was elevated to the active roster three times in 2022, but he didn't make his NFL debut.
The Kansas City Chiefs released kicker Matthew Wright from their practice squad on Monday and signed wide receiver Jerrion Ealy to their practice squad in a corresponding move. Wright kicked in two games for the Chiefs this year when Harrison Butker was dealing with back spasms, and he made three of his four field-goal tries and all eight of his extra points in those two games. He played in six total games in 2022 (four with the Pittsburgh Steelers) and finished 15-for-18 on field goals and a perfect 15-for-15 on extra points. Ealy will give KC some more receiver depth ahead of the Super Bowl after JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman and Kadarius Toney were all injured in the AFC Championship.
The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. to a Reserve/Futures deal for the 2023 season. Bowden spent the 2022 campaign on the team's practice squad and was active in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts, but he played only 14 offensive snaps and wasn't targeted at all. The former third-round pick by the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 was eventually traded to the Miami Dolphins. In 10 games for the Dolphins in 2020, Bowden caught 28 of 37 targets for 211 yards and no touchdowns. The 25-year-old will remain in New England this year and will compete for an active roster spot this summer.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been added to the 2023 Pro Bowl roster for the AFC. With the Pro Bowl being in Las Vegas this year, this could end up being his farewell to the city and organization. The Raiders benched Carr the last two regular season games and are expected to trade him this offseason. Carr has been the Raiders' starting QB for the last nine seasons after he was drafted in 2014 out of Fresno State. The 31-year-old veteran disappointed in 2022 with All-Pro receiver Davante Adams at his disposal, completing 60.8 percent of his 502 pass attempts for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns and a career-high-tying 14 interceptions in 15 regular season games. Carr's 2023 fantasy value will depend on where he lands.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Skyy Moore caught three of his seven targets for 13 yards in a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship. Moore also contributed a clutch 29-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter that set the Chiefs up for the eventual game-winning field goal with three seconds left on the clock. Moore saw extra work with JuJu Smith-Schuster leaving with a knee injury in the second quarter as the rookie's seven targets were a season-high. The rookie wideout now has four catches for 13 yards across his team's two playoff games this postseason. He has two weeks to prepare to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker made all three of his field goals and added two extra points in a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship. Butker drilled field goals from 43, 24, and 45 yards out. His final field goal of the game came with three seconds left in the game and broke a 20-20 tie, propelling the Chiefs to the Super Bowl. Butker has hit all five of his field goals in his two playoff games this postseason. He will now have two weeks to get ready to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman caught two of his three targets for 10 yards and added seven yards on two carries in a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Hardman was making his first appearance in a game since injuring his pelvis in Week 9. He didn't make it through the contest unscathed, however, as he appeared to aggravate the injury after making a catch in the third quarter. Hardman's status for the Super Bowl is now in question, although he has two weeks to rest up.
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy (elbow) will undergo surgery to fix a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he should be healthy in six months. Purdy suffered the torn UCL early in the NFC Championship loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and only returned to the game after Josh Johnson suffered a concussion and couldn't continue. It won't be a traditional Tommy John surgery but more of a simple repair, but it doesn't mean he'll be fully ready to rock in training camp as he looks to compete for the starting QB gig with Trey Lance, who broke his fibula and suffered injured ankle ligaments early in 2022. Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) is scheduled to be a free agent. Barring an outside addition at the position, Lance will likely be the favorite to start in the 2023 regular season opener.
Philadelphia Eagles S Anthony Harris was returned to the practice squad Monday, Jan. 30, after being on the active roster for the AFC Championship game.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (concussion) is in the league's concussion protocol after suffering a head injury in the 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Sneed usually covers the opposing team's top wide receiver, so his status for the Super Bowl in two weeks will be one to monitor. The 26-year-old left the game in the first quarter and never returned, but the Chiefs secondary was still able to keep the Bengals' high-powered offense in check. If he's able to clear the protocol and play in the Super Bowl, Sneed will most likely be tasked with shutting down Philadelphia Eagles pass-catcher A.J. Brown on the outside.
The Las Vegas Raiders haven't given quarterback Derek Carr's agent permission to talk to other teams, according to league and team sources familiar with the situation. It's notable because the Raiders have to trade or cut Carr before Feb. 15, when the $32.9 million base salary for 2023 and $7.5 million for 2024 money become fully guaranteed. The 31-year-old was benched for the final two games of the season, and he left the team completely while also saying goodbye to the organization on social media. Carr is pretty much holding all the cards, since he can veto any trade. If the Raiders simply cut him, they'd have a dead salary cap hit of $5.625 million and nothing in return. In 15 games in 2022, Carr had a 60.8% completion percentage, 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns and career-high-tying 14 interceptions. A change of scenery could be good for him, and plenty of teams will be looking for a veteran QB.
San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy (elbow) suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in the NFC Championship loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and will be out six months, according to a source. The 49ers are recommending surgery, but Purdy is seeking second medical opinions and no official decision has been made on surgery yet. San Fran had terrible injury luck at the QB position this year, as former first-rounder Trey Lance suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage to his ankle early in the year before Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot in December. Garoppolo will be a free agent, so it's likely that Purdy and Lance will be competing for the starting job this summer. The 23-year-old Purdy was great in eight starts, completing 67% of his passes for 1,667 yards, 14 TDs and two picks, but Lance is probably still the favorite in the long run.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow just completed his third NFL season and is eligible for a contract extension this offseason. He has lived up to expectations to this point after being the No. 1 overall pick in 2020. Burrow led the Bengals to the Super Bowl last year and advanced to the AFC Championship this season. Cincy will surely pick up his fifth-year option this spring, unless they sign him to a big contract extension first. "Yeah, I think that starts now internally," head coach Zac Taylor said when asked about Burrow being eligible for a second contract. The 26-year-old had a 68.3% completion percentage, 4,475 yards, 35 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 16 regular season games in 2022. He'll easily be a top-five QB1 target for fantasy managers heading into 2023.
Free-agent DT Sheldon Day signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, Jan. 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.