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Chiefs safety Mathieu is activated from covid-19 list, questionab­le for opener

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Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu was activated from the covid-19 reserve list Saturday, and the three-time all-pro was listed as questionab­le for the opener against the Cleveland Browns.

Mathieu tested positive Sept. 1, and because he is fully vaccinated, he needed only to return two negative tests taken 24 hours apart to be eligible to play. He was still in the protocol Friday but is now cleared to play, though he hasn’t practiced.

“We’re going to see how it goes,” Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said Friday when asked if Mathieu could play without practice. “The other guys have practiced and are ready to go. If he can’t go, he can’t go. If he can, he can.”

● EAGLES: Less than two weeks after being named the starting left tackle, Jordan Mailata signed a contract extension through 2025 with $40.9 million guaranteed.

The deal includes escalators and incentives with the possibilit­y to earn as much as $80 million, people in the league told the Philadelph­ia Inquirer.

Just three years ago, Mailata was a seventh-round pick who said he knew “as little as peanuts” about football after previously having played rugby his entire life in his native Australia.

The 6-foot-8, 365-pound lineman entered training camp in a position battle with former firstround pick Andre Dillard. However, Mailata dominated the summer, consistent­ly winning oneon-one battles, and proved there wasn’t much competitio­n at all.

● DOLPHINS: Left tackle Austin Jackson was activated from the covid list, making him eligible to play in the opener against the New England Patriots.

The Dolphins said a final determinat­ion on his playing status will be made before the game.

Jackson was listed as the starter at left tackle entering the week. He did not practice after being placed on the list Monday.

Tight end Adam Shaheen, who is on the list for the second time this season, was not activated, meaning he will miss the game.

● LIONS: Left tackle Taylor Decker will miss at least three weeks after being placed on injured reserve with a finger injury.

Guard Tommy Kraemer and tackle Will Holden were promoted to the active roster from the practice squad.

Decker started 47 games at left tackle from 2018 to 2020.

No. 7 overall pick Penei Sewell, who played left tackle in college and shifted to the right side in the preseason, may move back in the opener against the San Francisco 49ers’ fearsome defensive line.

● RAIDERS: Left guard Richie Incognito will miss the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens with a calf injury.

Incognito got hurt Aug. 19 and hasn’t practiced since. Coach Jon Gruden said he may return for Week 2.

John Simpson is slated to start in his place.

● PATRIOTS: Kicker Nick Folk and backup quarterbac­k Brian Hoyer were elevated to the active roster from the practice squad, and wide receiver Malcolm Perry was placed on injured reserve.

Folk, 36, and Hoyer, 35, each played with New England last year, were cut after training camp and were signed to the practice squad.

● BEARS: Nose tackle Eddie Goldman was ruled out for the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams because of knee and ankle injuries.

Goldman opted out of last season because of covid concerns. He made 46 starts from 2017 to 2019.

The Bears also added linebacker Josh Woods and defensive lineman Damion Square to the active roster from the practice squad.

● TITANS: For the fourth year in a row, Tennessee will have a new kicker in its opener after placing Sam Ficken on IR and signing Michael Badgley off the practice squad.

Ficken hurt his groin and was added to the injury report Friday.

● OBITUARY: Hall of Fame center Mick Tingelhoff, who started 240 consecutiv­e games at a bruising position for the Minnesota Vikings and played in four Super Bowls, died. He was 81.

The Vikings and the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced his death. No cause was given.

Tingelhoff had to wait 31 years for induction into the Hall of Fame, finally getting elected by a senior committee in 2015.

Undrafted in 1962 out of Nebraska, Tingelhoff played 17 years for the Vikings. He switched from linebacker during the preseason of his rookie year to take over the anchor spot on an imposing offensive line that helped them win 10 division titles in an 11-season span from 1968 to 1978.

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