Chiefs add Suggs for play­off push

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Ter­rell Suggs was bru­tally hon­est with Chiefs coach Andy Reid when they spoke on the phone for the first time, shortly af­ter the Chiefs were awarded the vet­eran pass rusher off waivers ahead of a hand­ful of other play­off con­tenders.

He spent 16 years with the Ravens, al­most all of them mem­o­rable. He spent one with the Car­di­nals that he would rather for­get.

“I asked coach, I was like, ‘I just learned the hard way, a player like me don’t just fit in any­where,’ ” Suggs said over the din of a pickup bas­ket­ball game in the Chiefs locker room. “Coach Reid got on and said, ‘Trust me. You’ll fit in here.’ ”

So far, so good. Af­ter a day of ru­mors that Suggs might not re­port to any team other than the Ravens, the seven-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion was more than ready to take the field with the Chiefs for the first time Wed­nes­day.

Suggs’ ar­rival hap­pened to be a per­fectly timed mar­riage of con­ve­nience: He joins a team that al­ready clinched the AFC West and has Su­per Bowl aspi­ra­tions, but also a team that has lost de­fen­sive ends Em­manuel Og­bah and Alex Okafor to torn pec­toral mus­cles.

Okafor’s in­jury oc­curred this past Sun­day, shortly be­fore half­time of the Chiefs’ win over the Bron­cos. It left the team with just Frank Clark, Tanoh Kpas­sagnon and De­mone Har­ris at a cru­cial po­si­tion in de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Steve Spag­n­uolo’s scheme — hardly an en­vi­able sit­u­a­tion head­ing into the fi­nal two reg­u­lar-season games and the play­offs.

“I think I can come in and con­trib­ute right off the bat,” Suggs said. “This was a team that was what, a penalty away from the Su­per Bowl? You’re not re­ally miss­ing much. Hope­fully I can add that last ad­di­tion and we can do some­thing spe­cial.”

Ax falls in Jack­sonville: The Jaguars fired Tom Cough­lin as ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions, part­ing ways with the two-time Su­per Bowl-winning coach a lit­tle more than a day af­ter the NFL Play­ers Union took a sledge­ham­mer to his rep­u­ta­tion.

Owner Shad Khan made the an­nounce­ment, say­ing he de­cided ear­lier this season that Cough­lin would be gone at the end of the season. Khan said he re­con­sid­ered the tim­ing in “re­cent days.”

The NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion said this week that than 25% of player griev­ances filed in the last two years have been against the Jaguars. The take­away from the union: “You as play­ers may want to con­sider this when you have a chance to select your next club.“

Khan re­sponded by fir­ing Cough­lin. He added that gen­eral man­ager Dave Cald­well and coach Doug Mar­rone will re­port di­rectly to him on an in­terim ba­sis.

Beck­ham com­mit­ted: Tired about spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture, Browns star wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. said Wed­nes­day he doesn’t want to leave Cleve­land af­ter one frus­trat­ing season.

Beck­ham dis­missed re­ports that he’s un­happy with the Browns (6-8) and said he’s com­mit­ted to help­ing the team win.

“It’s done. It’s over with,” he said of the spec­u­la­tion. “I’m not go­ing any­where. I’ll be here.

We’re go­ing to fig­ure this thing out. It’s just too spe­cial to leave.”

Ex­tra points: Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott has a shoul­der in­jury that is lim­it­ing him in prac­tice but shouldn’t keep him out Sun­day when the Cow­boys try to qual­ify for the play­offs in Philadel­phia . ... Ben­gals WR A.J. Green de­cided not to try to play in the team’s last two games be­cause he hasn’t fully re­cov­ered from an­kle surgery dur­ing train­ing camp. The Ben­gals’ most ac­com­plished player said he ex­pects to be fully healed in the off­sea­son, when he can be a free agent. He said he’s not sure whether he’ll stay in Cincin­nati af­ter nine years, and he won’t par­tic­i­pate in off­sea­son work­outs if the Ben­gals use their fran­chise tag on him. ... Former Bron­cos and Ben­gals CB Deltha O’Neal, 42, has been charged with felony drunken driv­ing in con­nec­tion with an Au­gust high-speed crash that se­ri­ously in­jured him and a pas­sen­ger, Florida court records show.

JEFF HAYNES/AP

Ter­rell Suggs joins the Chiefs af­ter be­ing claimed on waivers from the Car­di­nals.

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