Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Reid returns to Philly with a win

PHILADELPHIA — The look was strange: Andy Reid in all red on the visitors sideline. The result was similar to what he gave Philadelphia during 14 seasons in charge of the Eagles.

Reid's coaching return to Philadelphia was a smashing success as he led the Chiefs past the Eagles 26-16 Thursday.

The Chiefs, now 3-0 after a 2-14 2012, forced five turnovers (four in the first half). And they sacked Michael Vick six times, 4½ by linebacker Justin Houston. Vick fumbled and limped off the field after Houston's final sack, with 1:07 left. His status was unknown.

Although Eagles fans gave him a warm ovation as he walked onto the field, some standing in tribute to the coach who won 140 games and six division titles for them, Reid walked briskly along the sideline, never turning his gaze toward the stands.

He certainly had to like what he saw from his defense.

The Eagles scored 63 points and totaled 954 yards over the first two games in coach Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense. Vick hadn't thrown an interception in 95 attempts dating to last season.

But on the Eagles' third play, linebacker Derrick Johnson tipped a pass intended for tight end Brent Celek, and safety Eric Berry returned the interception 38 yards untouched to give the Chiefs a 10-0 lead. (Damaris Johnson's muffed punt return gave the Chiefs the ball at the Eagles 8, leading to the 3-0 lead.)

Vick bounced back with a career-best 61-yard run and 22-yard touchdown pass to Jason Avant that cut it to 10-6. But the Eagles failed on the first two-point conversion by Kelly, who often passed up extra points at Oregon, Kicker Alex Henery lined up in the shotgun, and the snap went to tight end Zach Ertz lined up to the left. He was tackled well short of the end zone.

LeSean McCoy ran for 158 yards, and his 41-yard touchdown cut the Eagles' deficit to 23-16 3:24 into the fourth. But the Chiefs ran off 8:15 on the ensuing series capped by Ryan Succop's fourth field goal, a 38-yarder.

Browns: Running back Willis McGahee signed a day after Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts. McGahee, a former University of Miami star, ran for 731 yards and four touchdowns for the Broncos last season. Also, quarterback Brandon Weedon doesn't need surgery on his sprained right thumb and could return for Week 4, espn.com reported.

Bears: Receiver Brandon Marshall left practice early with a sore back. But the team said it was only precautionary and he is expected to play Sunday.

Broncos: Cornerback Champ Bailey practiced for the first time since spraining his left foot during a preseason game Aug. 17. Barring a setback, he will play Monday. Tight end Joel Dreessen, who had two arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee during the offseason, also returned to practice. His status for Monday hasn't been determined.

Chargers: Starting right tackle D. J. Fluker sat a day after sustaining a concussion during practice. The team didn't say how he was hurt, and his status for Sunday hasn't been determined. Also, Malcom Floyd was declared out after hurting his neck last week against the Eagles.

Dolphins: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill remains uncertain for Sunday with a shoulder injury sustained during a sack last week. Also, starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson had a setback in his recovery from a groin injury. Miami didn't practice but said he would not have been able to participate.

Falcons: Receiver Roddy White, who started the first two games despite a sprained ankle that dates to the preseason, returned to practice. But two other starters, cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) and offensive tackle Sam Baker (knee, foot) missed their second straight practice and are uncertain for Sunday.

Jaguars: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who on Wednesday said he hopes to play Sunday, missed his second straight practice with a strained tendon in his left foot. Coach Gus Bradley said his status is "up in the air."

Jets: Right guard Willie Colon was fined $34,125 by the league for his part in a skirmish last week at New England, the Associated Press reported. Colon made contact with an official and threw a punch following the Patriots' game-clinching interception.

Lions: Running back Reggie Bush missed his second straight practice with a left knee injury. The team didn't disclose details of the injury. Bush hopes to practice today, but his status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Ravens: Running back Ray Rice missed his second straight practice with a strained hip flexor sustained last week. The team did not disclose his status for Sunday.

Texans: Receiver Andre Johnson returned to practice after sustaining a concussion on a hit Sunday for which Titans safety Bernard Pollard was fined $42,000.

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