Aug 25, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back Marlon Mack (2) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Short-handed Broncos signing RB Marlon Mack

The Denver Broncos are signing running back Marlon Mack off San Francisco’s practice squad and the 26-year-old veteran will fly with the team to London on Monday for their Week 8 game.

Mack’s agents confirmed the move to ESPN. The Broncos (2-5) play the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

The signing comes in the aftermath of the injury to Broncos RB Mike Boone, who left the Week 7 loss to the New York Jets and was in a walking boot postgame. Denver contacted Mack’s agents — and the 49ers — before the game against the Jets had even ended, per ESPN.

Mack appeared in two games for the 49ers this season, playing just five total snaps on special teams.

The Broncos have already lost Javonte Williams (ACL) for the season and new RB1 Melvin Gordon has been largely ineffective. Boone injured his ankle in the second quarter Sunday against the Jets and did not return. It’s unclear how serious the injury is.

The Broncos signed Latavius Murray ahead of their Week 6 game; he rushed for 24 yards against the Jets. Gordon rushed 11 times for 33 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards.

The Niners signed Mack to their practice squad after he was released by the Houston Texans.

Mack ran for a career-best 1,091 yards with eight touchdowns in 2019 with the Indianapolis Colts. He has rushed for 2,484 career yards and 20 touchdowns in 47 games (23 starts) for the Colts and 49ers. He also has 57 career receptions for 448 yards and two scores.

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Jul 27, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (25) following training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon talks with coach, will start vs. Jets

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon will start in the backfield for Sunday’s game against the visiting New York Jets, coach Nathaniel Hackett said Wednesday.

That decision comes on the heels of Gordon failing to play a single snap in the second half of Denver’s 19-16 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday. Gordon, who started the game, rushed three times for eight yards in the first half and finished with nine snaps.

Latavius Murray, in turn, finished with 15 carries for 66 yards in the loss. Murray played 27 snaps and fellow running back Mike Boone had 21.

Hackett told reporters Wednesday that he and Gordon talked about the situation but elected to keep the full context private.

“It was a great talk. Love Melvin. Have so much respect for him as a pro for all that he’s done in this league,” Hackett said of the two-time Pro Bowl selection.

Gordon, 29, wasn’t thrilled but surprised being a spectator for the second half of Monday’s game. He even went so far as to “like” multiple tweets on social media that discussed trade scenarios.

“It was a close game, I felt like I could have helped make a difference, but apparently not,” Gordon said postgame.

Gordon has a team-leading 55 carries for just 201 yards and one touchdown this season. He was expected to receive more work after Javonte Williams sustained a season-ending knee injury.

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Oct 2, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (33) is brought down by Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RB Javonte Williams (knee) to undergo MRI exam

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams sustained a possible serious right knee injury during Sunday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders and will undergo an MRI exam on Monday.

Williams initially was helped off the field after the first play of the third quarter but soon was carted from the Denver sideline to the locker room.

Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the 32-23 loss that Williams and edge rusher Randy Gregory (knee) would undergo MRIs.

Williams is Denver’s leading rusher with 204 yards on 47 carries. He had 28 on 10 carries Sunday before exiting. He also ranks second on the Broncos with 16 receptions.

Williams was a second-round pick (35th overall) out of North Carolina in 2021.

Mike Boone (20 yards) and Melvin Gordon (8) received three carries each against the Raiders. Gordon lost a fumble that Las Vegas’ Amik Robertson returned 68 yards for a touchdown.

Gordon has fumbled four times this season, losing two. He has 139 yards and one touchdown on 37 carries.

The Broncos (2-2) host the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

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Aug 20, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) catches a pass against Washington Commanders cornerback Corn Elder (26) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs cut WR Josh Gordon

Kansas City’s crowded wide receiver room subtracted one notable name on Tuesday when the Chiefs released Josh Gordon.

Gordon announced the move via social media, thanking “Chiefs kingdom” for supporting him and his family.

An influx of wide receivers as Tyreek Hill was shipped to the Miami Dolphins made Gordon’s standing with the team uncertain entering training camp.

He was targeted five times in three preseason games in 2022 and had one reception in 67 total snaps, per NFL statistics.

The Chiefs drafted Skyy Moore and signed JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency to go along with returning wideouts Mecole Hardman and Justin Watson, who was one of the team’s preseason standouts.

Gordon caught five passes, including a touchdown, for 32 yards in sparse playing time in 2021 with the Chiefs.

The 31-year-old was suspended for multiple seasons for violations of the NFL substance-abuse policy after earning All-Pro honors with the Cleveland Browns in 2013.

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Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (25) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Gordon: Broncos want Javonte Williams to win job

Melvin Gordon re-signed with the Denver Broncos expecting a timeshare of sorts with second-year running back Javonte Williams.

Two weeks into training camp, Gordon thinks the picture might have changed.

“I think they have a plan on what they want heading in, but as far as the rotation goes, I really don’t know,” Gordon said Wednesday, per the team transcript. “I think they want ‘Vonte’ to be the guy, but we do rotate. He’ll take the first series and then the second series with the [No. 1 offense], I’ll take. Sometimes we switch, but you know kind of how it is. I don’t know how they will do the rotation.”

In 2021, Williams emerged from a backup role to earn an even split — 203 carries apiece — with Gordon, who led the team with 918 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Williams (903, four) was fourth on the team with 43 receptions and had three TD catches.

Gordon and Williams are adapting to new coach Nathaniel Hackett’s offense. Hackett takes over after serving as offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, where Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon shared carries.

“I have to go back and look at how they did things in Green Bay with the carries and things like that. My mom says just go out here and compete and go as hard as I can,” Gordon said. “I don’t know what the future holds other than that, but I just want to put my best foot forward so when I do so out there, they go, ‘OK, we need to get him out there more.’ I know I have the game; I know I can play and I still have the juice, but we’ll see.”

Gordon, 29, signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal to come back to the Broncos based on the big picture pitch from Hackett.

“I know when I get in there, I have to make it count and that’s all that matters,” Gordon said. “I have to do what it takes — ‘Hack’ told me coming in, it’s about the Super Bowl. It’s about winning the Super Bowl and we are going to do whatever is best for the team. I’m bought into that 100 percent because I want the ring more than anything.”

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Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) in action during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon to miss game vs. Chiefs

Denver Broncos leading rusher Melvin Gordon will miss Sunday night’s AFC West clash with the host Kansas City Chiefs due to hip and shoulder injuries.

The Broncos downgraded Gordon to out on Saturday after he didn’t travel with the team to Kansas City.

Gordon didn’t practice all week.

Rookie Javonte Williams will serve as the main ball carrier with Gordon sidelined.

Williams has been solid with 568 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The second-round pick out of North Carolina also has 27 receptions for 193 yards and one score.

Gordon leads the Broncos with 605 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also has 22 catches for 166 yards and two scores.

Kansas City will be without cornerback Rashad Fenton (knee) and offensive lineman Lucas Niang (ribs).

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Nov 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (25) carries the ball in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon doubtful for clash vs. Chiefs

Denver Broncos leading rusher Melvin Gordon is doubtful for Sunday night’s AFC West game with the host Kansas City Chiefs due to hip and shoulder injuries.

Gordon didn’t practice all week. Broncos coach Vic Fangio didn’t want to rule him out but also wasn’t optimistic that Gordon would be available for Saturday’s walk-through.

“We’ll see, it’s doubtful,” said Fangio, “but that’s why we didn’t list him as out. If he makes a turn he could play.”

Rookie Javonte Williams will serve as the main ball carrier if Gordon misses the game.

Gordon leads the Broncos with 605 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also has 22 catches for 166 yards and two scores.

Williams has been solid with 568 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The second-round pick out of North Carolina also has 27 receptions for 193 yards and one score.

Seven Broncos are listed as questionable for the game: offensive tackles Garett Bolles (ankle) and Bobby Massie (ankle), outside linebacker Jonathon Cooper (neck), cornerback Nate Hairston (hip), defensive end Shelby Harris (ankle), guard/center Quinn Meinerz (knee) and guard Dalton Risner (back).

Kansas City ruled out cornerback Rashad Fenton (knee) and offensive lineman Lucas Niang (ribs). Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) is questionable.

The Chiefs lead the bunched-up division with a 7-4 record. The Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders are all 6-5.

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Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) and wide receiver Diontae Spencer (11) celebrates a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos snap Cowboys’ six-game winning streak

Teddy Bridgewater threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to lift the visiting Denver Broncos to a 30-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Bridgewater completed 19 of 28 passes for 249 yards, including a 44-yard scoring strike to Tim Patrick early the second quarter. Patrick finished with four catches for 85 yards and Jerry Jeudy had six receptions for 69 yards.

Melvin Gordon rushed for a touchdown and rookie Javonte Williams added a season-high 111 yards on the ground to send the Broncos (5-4) to their second straight win.

Dallas’ Dak Prescott completed 19 of 39 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his return from a one-game absence due to a calf injury. Prescott connected on 5- and 4-yard touchdown passes to Malik Turner late in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys (6-2), who saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt.

The Broncos recorded a pair of early defensive stops before Gordon opened the scoring by rushing in from 3 yards out with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter. Brandon McManus pushed his extra-point attempt wide right following Gordon’s team-leading fourth rushing touchdown.

Denver made good on its next possession, with Patrick getting a step on Trevon Diggs before reeling in a 44-yard touchdown reception. Patrick got just inside the pylon for his team-leading fourth touchdown reception.

McManus later kicked a 53-yard field to give Denver a 16-point lead.

The Broncos added to their total following an usual sequence during an attempted punt.

Turner blocked Sam Martin’s punt, however the ball traveled beyond line of scrimmage and was touched by a Cowboys’ player. Jonas Griffith recovered the ball for Denver, which went an additional 10 plays and 72 yards before McManus drilled a 27-yard field goal to increase its lead to 19-0.

Bridgewater muscled his way into the end zone from 1 yard out early in the fourth quarter to cap 13-play, 85-yard drive. Bridgewater then found Courtland Sutton in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion to push the Broncos’ lead to 27-0.

The Cowboys pressed their luck on the ensuing possession. Rookie Caden Sterns intercepted Prescott on fourth down, and McManus tacked on a 42-yard field goal to essentially seal the win.

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Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls a play against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Gordon joins Chiefs ahead of AFC title rematch with Bills

The latest buzz enveloping the Kansas City Chiefs unsurprisingly centers on another piece for their potent offense.

With newly acquired Josh Gordon elevated to the active roster, Kansas City (2-2) could have another gifted receiver to unleash Sunday when it hosts the Buffalo Bills (3-1) in a rematch of last year’s AFC championship game.

Gordon, an All-Pro in 2013 with Cleveland, has not played since 2019 and has served six suspensions imposed by the NFL during his checkered career. Apparently, though, Gordon looks fit and ready.

“The talent, you can just see, how fast he is, how big he is, the way he gets in and out of cuts,” Patrick Mahomes said. “I’ve been able to throw to him off to the side a little bit. We’ll try to bring him up to speed as quickly as possible and utilize his skill set.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid did not commit Wednesday to actually playing Gordon this week, electing instead to “see how it goes.”

Mahomes leads the NFL with 14 passing touchdowns and Gordon could provide another target alongside Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Yet the attack is far from one-dimensional. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 100 yards in each of the last two games.

The Chiefs, however, have been uncharacteristically careless with the football, committing seven turnovers, including four interceptions by Mahomes.

“It’s something I have to build on, not throwing interceptions in the middle of the field,” Mahomes said. “I have that aggressive nature where I want to make things happen and get a first down, but sometimes you have to just punt.”

Short fields only make things worse for the Chiefs defense, which is allowing 6.9 yards per play to rank last in the NFL. In contrast, the Bills rank first, allowing 4.0 yards per play, with a league-best 11 takeaways.

The teams are tied for second in scoring with 33.5-point averages. The Chiefs, however, allow 31.3 points, while the Bills’ stingy defense allows 11.0 after already securing two shutouts. The last NFL team to blank two opponents in the first four weeks was the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

“They embrace whatever the game plan is with total confidence and leadership,” said Bills coach Sean McDermott, “and it takes leadership to do that week to week.”

McDermott did not cite the 38-24 loss in last year’s AFC Championship game, which Buffalo led 9-0 after the first quarter, as a motivator for this week’s primetime rematch.

“They’re an explosive offense in more ways than one, so we’ve got to have a good plan,” McDermott said. “What happened in that (title) game does not affect this game. These are two separate games, two separate teams.”

Quarterback Josh Allen said immediately after missing out on the Super Bowl that he would use the hurt and pain as fuel to improve. Allen, however, also downplayed the motivational theme.

“Everybody wants to make a big deal about the AFC Championship rematch and I get that’s what it is,” Allen said. “They have the gold standard of what you want to be as an AFC team. Until somebody knocks them off in the playoffs that won’t change, but again, this is Week 5.”

Buffalo running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), linebacker Matt Milano (hamstring) and defensive end Greg Rousseau (toe) did not practice at the beginning of workouts leading into the Kansas City game.

Defensive end Chris Jones continues to deal with a wrist injury and did not practice leading into the Chiefs’ preparations for the Bills. DE Frank Clark, cornerbacks Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. all practiced. Gay has been out since the preseason with a toe injury.

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Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Adding WR Josh Gordon gets Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes giddy

Beyond admitted baggage and possible rust, here is what quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows about his newest wide receiver: Josh Gordon brings All-Pro credentials to the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Everywhere he’s been, he’s kind of dominated,” Mahomes said Wednesday, prior to his first practice with the former Browns, Patriots and Seahawks wide receiver. “He can make plays in one-on-one coverage. He’s a big receiver. Even if he’s covered, he’s not covered. You can kind of throw it up there and he can make plays.”

And, in Mahomes’ words from a few weeks ago talking about Tyreek Hill, “sometimes it be like that.” Gordon was an All-Pro in 2013, leading the NFL in receiving yards with the Cleveland Browns.

Years removed from his most dominant and productive seasons, Gordon could eventually help Mahomes and Co. He’s joining the practice squad, not the 53-man roster, and will be given extra time to re-acclimate to an NFL locker room, system and lifestyle. Head coach Andy Reid plans to be intentionally patient with Gordon, 30, who is back in the NFL for the first time since 2019.

“It’s going to take awhile,” said Reid, adding he doubted Gordon would be on the roster this week. “We’ll just see how it goes over the next week or two.”

Gordon has the size and speed to make an impact if all other variables fall into place.

The Chiefs are in need of a wide receiver to draw attention from the All-Pro Hill, who has 70 yards on eight receptions in the past two games.

“I’m sure they’ll incorporate him with a couple roles in the offense as the season goes on, as we get him up to speed, and we’ll see where that takes us,” Mahomes said. “He’ll have his role. He’s a great football player, but in this offense everybody gets a chance to make plays.”

In December 2019, Gordon was given an indefinite suspension for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

It marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season. A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.

ESPN’s report said Gordon had a setback in his recovery.

Gordon entered the league in the 2012 supplemental draft, selected in the second round by the Browns. He played in Cleveland until 2018 — he missed 2015-16 due to suspension — then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving on to Seattle.

Gordon has 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdowns in 63 games (56 starts).

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