Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts during the second half of the 2024 AFC wild card game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs to wear home red jerseys in Super Bowl LVIII

The Kansas City Chiefs will be wearing their home red jerseys when they take the field against the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

Kansas City, which is the designated home team for the game on Feb. 11, was afforded the selection of uniform color.

The teams will be wearing the same uniform colors from Super Bowl LIV in February 2020. The Chiefs recorded a 31-20 victory over the 49ers in that game.

Wearing red on Super Bowl Sunday largely has mixed results for Kansas City. The Chiefs wore that color in a 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, however they dropped a 31-9 decision to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs wore white in their 35-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the very first Super Bowl as well as their 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII last year.

Their loss to the Chiefs aside, the 49ers have won the two other Super Bowls in which they wore white uniforms.

San Francisco posted a 26-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI and breezed to a 55-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV.

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Nov 10, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay speaks during a fan event at Chicago Meatpackers before an International Series game against the New England Patriots. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Colts’ Jim Irsay blames 2014 arrest on police prejudice

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said his 2014 arrest for driving under the influence was a result of police profiling him as a “rich, white billionaire.”

Irsay, 64, gave his view during a sit-down interview with Andrea Kremer on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which aired Tuesday night.

“I am prejudiced against because I’m a rich, white billionaire,” Irsay said. “If I’m just the average guy down the block, they’re not pulling me in, of course not.”

When Kremer asked Irsay how he thought his comment would be received, the latter doubled down on his stance.

“I don’t care what it sounds like,” Irsay said. “It’s the truth. … I could give a damn what people think how anything sounds or sounds like. The truth is the truth, and I know the truth.”

Irsay pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated. When asked why he pleaded guilty if he felt he was being profiled, Irsay said he wanted to put the matter to bed.

Officers from The Carmel (Ind.) Police Department said Irsay had difficulty reciting the alphabet and failed other field sobriety tests after being pulled over in March 2014.

Irsay told HBO Sports that he failed the tests because he was just coming off hip surgery.

“The arrest was wrong,” he said. “I had just had hip surgery, and had been in the car for 45 minutes. And what — they asked me to walk the line? Are you kidding me? I can barely walk at all.”

The Carmel Police Department offered the following statement to the Indianapolis Star:

“We are very sorry to hear that comment about our officers and our department,” it read. “We have a very professional agency consisting of officers that strive to protect our community with integrity and professionalism.”

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Oct 6, 2023; Watford, United Kingdom; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller during practice at The Grove Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bills OLB Von Miller activated to make season debut vs. Jaguars

Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Von Miller was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Saturday and is slated to make his season debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in London.

Miller hasn’t played in more than 10 months since tearing the ACL in his right knee last Thanksgiving. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection was a limited participant in each of the team’s three practices this week.

Miller, 34, has recorded 123.5 sacks in 161 games (all starts) with the Denver Broncos (2011-19, 2021), Los Angeles Rams (2021) and Bills (2022).

Buffalo placed cornerback Tre’Davious White on injured reserve in a corresponding move. White tore his right Achilles in last Sunday’s victory over the Miami Dolphins.

White, 28, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with 18 career interceptions. He had one pick and 12 tackles in four games this season.

Cornerback Ja’Marcus Ingram and defensive tackle Kendal Vickers were elevated from the practice squad to the roster for Sunday’s game.

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Aug 19, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Mike White (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans in the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Fins name Mike White QB2 over Skylar Thompson

Mike White will open the season as the backup to Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Monday that White earned the QB2 role over Skylar Thompson.

The Dolphins take on the Chargers on Sunday in Los Angeles.

White, 28, signed a two-year, $8 million deal with Miami in March after two seasons with the New York Jets. He was 2-5 as a starter and completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,145 yards, with eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Thompson, 26, appeared in seven games for the Dolphins in 2022 after being drafted in the seventh round. He was 1-1 as the starter while completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 534 yards, with one TD and three picks.

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Jun 6, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back De'Von Achane (28) catches the football during mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins RB De’Von Achane (shoulder) week to week

Miami Dolphins rookie running back De’Von Achane is week-to-week with a shoulder injury.

Head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that Achane avoided a severe injury when a defensive lineman fell on him during Saturday’s 28-3 preseason win at Houston.

Achane, 21, was a third-round pick out of Texas A&M. He has rushed for 52 yards on 15 carries and added 41 yards on four catches in two preseason games.

McDaniel also announced that backup quarterback Mike White is in concussion protocol and will not be active for Saturday’s preseason finale at Jacksonville.

White, 28, posted a 2-5 record for the New York Jets in games he started between 2021 and 2022, completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,145 yards with eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Jun 12, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Christian Gonzalez (50) pulls a sled at the Patriots minicamp at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots sign first- and second-round picks

Cornerback Christian Gonzalez and edge rusher Keion White signed their rookie contracts with the New England Patriots on Friday, getting their top two draft picks in the door before the official start of training camp.

Gonzalez was drafted 17th overall after the Patriots moved down in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers from No. 14. The Oregon product was the third cornerback selected in the first round.

“I’m glad Gonzo was there,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of the selection. “I think when you just go and look for one guy and then he’s not there, there’s other players in the draft that can help us, as well. But he’s been great to work with, and I look forward to getting him ready to go for training camp.”

White, the 46th pick in the draft, had 7.5 sacks at Georgia Tech in 2022 and previously played at Old Dominion.

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Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) takes the field before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Browns unveil white alternate helmets

The Cleveland Browns will wear a white helmet in three games this upcoming season, the team announced Tuesday.

The Browns sported an all-white helmet when the franchise debuted in 1946 and carried that look into 1950. They switched to the more familiar orange shell in 1951.

Cleveland will debut its “new” look against the host Pittsburgh Steelers in a “Monday Night Football” game on Sept. 18. The Browns also will wear their throwback helmets versus the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 15 and against the New York Jets in their home regular-season finale on Dec. 28.

“We’re super fired up and really excited to have this opportunity to wear an alternate helmet,” said JW Johnson, Browns executive vice president and partner JW Johnson said. “We decided to go with the white helmet for a couple reasons — it harkens back to our past, and a lot of our greatest players wore white helmets. We also heard from our fans that it was the direction they wanted. We always want to continue having great fan interaction and deliver for them as much as we possibly can.”

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Nov 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts reacts before kick off against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles to wear home green jerseys in Super Bowl LVII

The Philadelphia Eagles will be wearing their green jerseys when they take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz.

The Eagles were given the choice of jersey color given that they are designated as the home team for the game on Feb. 12.

Wearing green on the NFL’s grandest stage is nothing new for Philadelphia, which has selected that jersey color in its three previous Super Bowl appearances. They were unsuccessful in green in both Super Bowl XV versus the then-Oakland Raiders and the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, however they emerged victorious against New England in Super Bowl LII.

The Chiefs will be wearing white jerseys in the Super Bowl for the second time in their history. They were unsuccessful in that color against the Green Bay Packers in the very first Super Bowl.

Kansas City wore red in wins over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. They also wore that color in a setback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.

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Dec 22, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) scrambles away from Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (95) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets coach insists he won’t quit on beleaguered Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson passed for just 92 yards and guided the New York Jets to three first downs before being pulled Thursday night and was roundly booed by the home fans during their 19-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The second overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft didn’t look anywhere near as smooth as the No. 1 pick in that same draft, budding star Trevor Lawrence of the Jaguars.

And the setback was the fourth straight for the Jets (7-8) and second in a row since Wilson regained the starting job after Mike White injured his ribs.

One day later, New York coach Robert Saleh said the organization can’t quit on Wilson and must continue to have his back.

“We’re never going to quit on anybody,” Saleh told reporters on Friday. “I’ve got confidence in all our guys. I don’t know how many years I’ve been in the league now, it’s been a while, but I just feel like every single year there’s a kid who just is struggling and everybody wants to quit on them. And this may not be their year, but it doesn’t mean that next year can’t be their year. And that’s everybody on the roster.

“As long as that person is wearing a Jets uniform, we’re going to do everything we can to pour our hearts and souls into these kids. At the end of the day, the best players will always play, you guys know that, that’s how we stand. But at the same time, as long as they’re here, as long as they’re playing for the Jets, we’re going to pour everything we can to help them be the best version of themselves they can be. And if that best version earns a spot on the field, then that’ll happen.”

Wilson has completed just 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,688 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions in nine games (all starts) this season.

He also had accuracy issues as a rookie, hitting just 55.6 percent of his throws while having more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (nine) in 13 starts.

Wilson lost his job earlier this season after a poor effort during a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 11. He was 9-of-22 passing for 77 yards in that setback.

Things got worse after the game when he was asked if he let the New York defense down. He had a one-word answer: “No.”

The Jets removed him as starter in favor of White with Saleh saying Wilson needed a reset.

Against the Jaguars, Wilson was replaced by Chris Streveler, who guided the offense to four first downs on his first series.

By playing on Thursday, New York has a long weekend and doesn’t need to make a quarterback situation until early next week. Saleh said he needs further information on White’s progress before he can make a decision.

“Again, we’ve got time,” Saleh said. “I don’t have those answers for you yet.”

It was mentioned to Saleh that going back to Wilson as the starter would be a tough sell after Thursday’s benching.

The coach maintained that Wilson is capable of turning things around despite the shaky performance.

“Confidence is a big deal,” Saleh said. “I do know that he works his tail off and I’m with you, it a tough thing to overcome. But it doesn’t take much to flip confidence. He just needs to get on a little run, just a couple things happen to go his way. …

“We’ve got to help him, we’re not going to quit on him. We’ve got to do our best. And that’s for every player in our locker room, as long as they’re wearing a Jets logo, we’re going to pour our hearts and souls into them and do everything we can to help them.”

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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) reacts after failing to convert on downs in the second half. The Lions defeat the Jets, 20-17, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.

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Jets QB Zach Wilson to start, Mike White not cleared for contact

Zach Wilson will remain the starting quarterback for the New York Jets on Thursday against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Mike (White) will not be cleared for contact, so Zach will again be the starter,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said to open his press conference Tuesday.

Wilson returned to the starting role last week due to White being held out by team doctors with a rib injury. White started the previous three games with Saleh and the Jets determining Wilson needed to reset in the aftermath of a 9-for-22 passing (77 yards) effort against the New England Patriots on Nov. 20.

“He knows to prepare like he’s the No. 1,” Saleh said. “Anything else that happens … for Zach, it’s always helpful to get all the reps. Mike will be limited in practice — obviously you can still practice when not cleared for contact.”

Wilson completed 18 of 35 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns last week, a 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions that dropped the Jets to 7-7.

The matchup with the Jaguars (6-8) now brings AFC wild-card ramifications following Jacksonville’s walk-off win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Last season, Wilson led the Jets to a 26-21 win over the Jaguars on Dec. 26 for one of New York’s four victories in 2021. Wilson had a 52-yard touchdown run and 91 total rushing yards along with a TD pass in that game.

He was drafted No. 2 overall in 2021 behind Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

–Field Level Media