AFC West: Kevin Brock

Chiefs release TE Kevin Brock

October, 29, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tight end Kevin Brock, who was expendable with Anthony Fasano's return to the lineup, was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.

The Chiefs have Fasano and Sean McGrath at tight end.

Brock went to camp with the Chiefs but was released prior to the start of the season. But two games into the season injuries to Fasano and Travis Kelce left the Chiefs short at tight end, so he was re-signed. Brock then played in four games as a backup, catching three passes.

Fasano returned from knee and ankle injuries for the game two weeks ago against Houston, and Brock was inactive for both of the games.

Friday's Chiefs practice report

October, 18, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs could have their entire roster available to them in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Starting free safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis and was listed on their injury report as having a 50-50 chance to play.

The other 12 players on their report were listed as probable. That includes cornerback Brandon Flowers (knee) and tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle/knee). Both were listed as being limited practice participants on Friday.

Everyone else on their injury report was listed as a full practice participant: wide receiver Donnie Avery (shoulder), offensive linemen Branden Albert (knee/elbow), Jon Asamoah (knee) and Jeff Allen (groin/hand), nose tackle Dontari Poe (ankle), fullback Anthony Sherman (knee), punter Dustin Colquitt (knee), tight end Kevin Brock (shoulder), linebacker Dezman Moses (toe) and defensive lineman Jaye Howard (non-injury related).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rookie defensive back Sanders Commings, who has been on the Kansas City Chiefs' injured-reserve list all season, practiced for the first time on Wednesday.

The promotion of Commings, a fifth-round draft pick from Georgia, to the active roster, appears inevitable, with the only question being the timing of the move. Commings was a nickel safety for the Chiefs during offseason practice and would have challenged for playing time had he not broken his collarbone during the first practice at training camp.

The Chiefs are deep in the secondary, with the emergence of rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper and veteran safeties Quintin Demps and Husain Abdullah, but the return of Commings would provide even more security at the back end of their defense.

Starting tight end Anthony Fasano, who has missed the last four games because of knee and ankle injuries, returned to practice on a limited basis and said that barring a setback he would play Sunday against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.

The only player who did not practice was starting free safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle). The only other player who was limited in practice was cornerback Brandon Flowers (knee).

The Chiefs listed nine players as full practice participants: tackle Branden Albert (knee/elbow), nose tackle Dontari Poe (ankle), guard Jeff Allen (groin/hand), guard Jon Asamoah (knee), wide receiver Donnie Avery (shoulder), tight end Kevin Brock (shoulder), fullback Anthony Sherman (knee), punter Dustin Colquitt (knee) and linebacker Dezman Moses (toe).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs drafted tight end Travis Kelce in the third round this year in large part because of his ability to line up in a variety of positions, get down the field to catch passes and create matchup problems.

They won't get any of that this season from Kelce. He had surgery to repair a microfracture in his knee this week and on Saturday was placed on the injured-reserve list, ending his season.

The Chiefs promoted an undrafted rookie safety, Bradley McDougald, from their practice squad to take his place.

The loss of Kelce means two of the top three Chiefs tight ends heading into training camp are done for the season. The Chiefs lost Tony Moeaki during the preseason with a shoulder injury.

The third tight end, Anthony Fasano, has played in just two games because of knee and ankle injuries. Fasano is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs are left with Sean McGrath and Kevin Brock at tight end. McGrath was pulled off waivers from Seattle at the start of the season but has 15 catches and a touchdown. Brock is a journeyman who has two receptions.

Hits keep on coming for Chiefs' TEs

October, 9, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tight end has been a sore spot, literally, for the Kansas City Chiefs all season. Rookie Travis Kelce had arthroscopic surgery to repair a microfracture in his knee, putting his season at risk.

The Chiefs have not decided whether to put Kelce on the injured-reserve list.

“We’re going to give it a little time,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “We’ve done that to this point. There’s nothing lost there just to give it some time. I’m glad for the kid that he was able to get it fixed up. He’s going to have a nice long career.’’

The Chiefs planned to use Kelce, a third-round draft pick from Cincinnati, in a variety of ways. During off-season practice and training camp he lined up at many different places in a formation, including as a wide receiver and he showed the ability to beat coverage down the field and make catches.

But he came up with a sore knee during training camp. He has practice rarely during the regular season and hasn’t played a snap on offense.

Trainer Rick Burkholder said Kelce’s condition wouldn’t necessarily be career-threatening.

“Any time you have injuries you worry about that but I wouldn’t classify it as that,’’ Burkholder said. “This is an injury that people get better from. He’s a young guy. He’s got a good, healthy knee. We’ve protected him and he’s protected himself so he didn’t do any more damage to it. That gives him a good chance to come back and have a great career.’’

The Chiefs passing attack has sputtered at times this year, one possible reason being they’ve been shorthanded at tight end since the start of the season. The Chiefs lost Tony Moeaki with a season-ending shoulder injury during the preseason.

Kelce has been unable to contribute. The starting tight end, Anthony Fasano, has missed the last three games with injuries to his knee and ankle. He has just four receptions for 34 yards.

That left the Chiefs at tight end with Sean McGrath, who was pulled off waivers from the Seahawks at the start of the regular season, and a journeyman, Kevin Brock. McGrath is fourth on the Chiefs with 15 catches.

Upon Further Review: Chiefs Week 4

September, 30, 2013
An examination of four hot issues from the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-7 win against the New York Giants:

[+] EnlargeSean McGrath
AP Photo/Ed ZurgaJacquian Williams seems ready to take on more responsibility in his fourth season.
Using the tight end: Tight end was a bright spot in the passing game as Sean McGrath and Kevin Brock combined for seven catches, 91 yards and touchdown. It’s critical that the Chiefs get help from all of their receivers because they don’t have a superstar for Alex Smith to throw to. The Chiefs were confident heading into training camp that they would get big receiving numbers from their tight ends, but none of their top three players at the position suited up against the Giants. Tony Moeaki is out for the season, and it might be at least one more week before Anthony Fasano (ankle) or Travis Kelce (knee) will be ready to play. The Chiefs grabbed McGrath off waivers from Seattle when the regular season started, and Brock re-signed only two weeks ago after being released by the Chiefs at the end of camp.

A new formula: The Chiefs proved they can win a game without winning the turnover battle. They were even in turnovers against the Giants, with each team committing three. That’s a positive sign as they head to Tennessee for Sunday’s game against the Titans, the only team in the league yet to commit a turnover. The Chiefs had been thriving through their first three games by winning the turnover battle. Heading into the Giants game, they were plus-nine in turnover differential, which was best in the league.

Streak ends: Smith's streak of 160 passes without an interception is over, but he didn’t appear much at fault with either of the two interceptions he threw against the Giants. Dwayne Bowe was running a slant on one interception and then appeared to cut the route short. Smith’s second interception was deflected by Jamaal Charles to a New York defender. Smith’s streak was second only to Denver’s Peyton Manning. Smith’s three touchdown passes were a career high. He is 23-5-1 over the past four seasons as a starter.

Scoring in every phase: The punt return brought back 89 yards by Dexter McCluster was the third touchdown scored this season by either the special teams or the defense. That equals the Chiefs’ total for the past two seasons. Touchdowns from the defense and special teams will continue to be important for the Chiefs, who don’t have a big-play offense. The Chiefs did a nice job sustaining long drives against the Giants, including one for 98 yards and another for 80 yards that resulted in touchdowns. But the big gains, such as a 69-yard touchdown catch by the Giants' Victor Cruz, have largely been the domain of the opponent.

Roster odds and ends

September, 4, 2011
The Oakland Tribune reports the Raiders have brought back linebacker Ricky Brown. He was a free agent this summer, was signed by New England and lasted just a couple of weeks there. Brown will likely resume his role as a backup. He started 13 games in five previous seasons in Oakland. Offensive lineman Seth Wand was cut to make room for Brown.

Meanwhile, the paper reported that this is Oakland’s eight-man practice squad: cornerback Sterling Moore, linebacker Jeremy Leman, fullback Manase Tonga, wide receiver Eddie McGee, offensive lineman Alex Parsons, tight end Kevin Brock, defensive end Mason Brodine and defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie.

The San Diego Chargers announced that they have signed six players to the practice squad and expects to add two more. The six who signed: linebacker Bront Bird, defensive tackle Charlie Bryant, tackle Steve Schilling, cornerback Traye Simmons, fullback Frank Summers and tight end Brad Taylor.

The Denver Post is reporting that undrafted rookie quarterback Adam Weber will be part of the Broncos’ practice squad.

The Oakland Tribune is reporting that defensive lineman Richard Seymour and receiver Chaz Schilens are practicing after missing time recently. Both are expected to play next Monday night at Denver barring setbacks.

It was reported last month that the Raiders could have interest in pass-rusher Aaron Maybin (the No. 11 overall pick in 2009) when he was cut by Buffalo. Maybin promptly signed with the Jets. He is now a former Jet. Wonder if the Raiders will look at him? I say this: why bother?