AFC Notes: Chiefs, Dolphins, Texans


  • The Kansas City Chiefs officially ruled out C Mitch Morse (concussion) for Week 11 and have S Eric Berry (heel) listed as doubtful and WR Sammy Watkins (foot) as questionable.


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that the Dolphins could easily clear $76 million of cap space this offseason to significantly reshape their roster.

  • As of now, the Dolphins are projected to have around $16 million of cap room next year.
  • The Dolphins could pick up $18.75 million by designating QB Ryan Tannehill as a Post-June 1 cut and another $12.9 million by releasing DE Robert Quinn for a total of $47.7 million, according to Jackson.
  • From there, cutting WR DeVante Parker, DE Andre Branch, G Ted Larsen and DT Akeem Spence would leave them with $67.9 million.
  • Jackson notes that the Dolphins can carry another $6.6 million of cap room over to 2019, which puts them at $74.5 million.
  • In the event the Dolphins move on from Tannehill as their starting quarterback, Jackson mentions signing Teddy Bridgewater and another backup such as Brock Osweiler as a move that could make sense for Miami.
  • Jackson believes they’ll need to sign at least three defensive ends, draft or sign a starting cornerback, re-sign Frank Gore or add another running back, re-sign Ja’Wuan James or find another starting right tackle and re-sign restricted TE Nick O’Leary or find a veteran.


  • The Texans announced that ILB Zach Cunningham (knee) and OLB Duke Ejiofor (shoulder) have been ruled out from Week 11 and did not travel with the team to the Redskins.
  • The Texans also listed CB Aaron Colvin (ankle), WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) and CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle/knee) as questionable.
  • Aaron Wilson writes that there is a “decent chance” for Cunningham to play on Sunday after saying he felt “much better” during practice this week.
  • Wilson adds that Texans LB Brennan Scarlett is the “primary replacement” for Cunningham, should he be unavailable.

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