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Chiefs’ Mike Pennel: Posts career-high tackle total

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Pennel collected a career-best 10 tackles (five solo) Monday versus the Patriots.

Pennel saw a significant bump toa 61 percent snap percentage share on defense Monday with Chris Jones (groin) sidelined and took advantage of the opportunity with a massive tackle total. While he’s not the pass-rushing threat that Jones is, Pennel could be in line for a hefty snap count again next week if Jones remains unavailable.

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DeVante Parker posts a career mark, but can’t help Dolphins’ red-zone woes

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has learned to trust in wide receiver DeVante Parker’s ability to make tough catches.

But during their 1-3 start, the Dolphins’ No. 1 receiver has only found the end zone once.

On Sunday, Parker caught 10 passes from Fitzpatrick — more receptions than he has had in a game so far in his six-year NFL career — for 110 yards.

Parker did not score, however, as the Dolphins saw five promising drives stall and settled for field goals, which proved not enough in a 31-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Dolphins had a scare in the first quarter when Parker left the game after three plays with an ankle injury.

After missing Miami’s next two drives, Parker returned and posted his career catch day along with the sixth-highest yardage output in a game of his career.

“DeVante is a great player for us, one that I’m always going to rely on especially in tough situations,” Fitzpatrick said. “And try to get him the ball and rely on him to win one-on-one.”

But Parker never got the chance to do that Sunday near the goal line.

Parker, who was targeted 12 times, was not thrown to once on a play that began in the red zone.

The Seahawks, who entered the game with the NFL’s worst passing defense in terms of yards allowed (1,292) and yards per attempt (8.1), employed a lot of zone coverage on Sunday. Parker found space underneath and turned up the field for solid gains.

The closest Parker got to the end zone was two catch-and-runs that he took to the Seahawks’ 18-yard line.

The first time he caught a short pass over the middle and gained 17 yards on the third play of the second quarter, and the second was

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Illinois State coach Kurt Beathard posts ‘All Lives Matter’ sign, then resigns

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The Pantagraph cited sources last week in reporting that a “Black Lives Matter” poster was taken down recently in the Redbirds’ locker room. Beathard told the newspaper he had nothing to do with that, but he suggested that he took down a similar poster placed on his office door and replaced it with the “All Lives Matter” sign.

“That locker room crap is wrong. I took the sign down somebody put on my door. That’s it,” Beathard told the Pantagraph. “I didn’t take anything off that wasn’t put on my door. I wrote the message.”

Lyons and a spokesman for the Redbirds’ athletic department could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Illinois State athletics department announced Wednesday that Beathard was “no longer with the football program.” A pair of assistants, Ghaali Muhammad-Lankford and C.J. Irvin, will share the position of offensive coordinator.

The Vidette, Illinois State’s student newspaper, reported last week that Beathard cleared his office and posted the sign before resigning his position.

Beathard has deep ties to the football world: He is the son of legendary NFL general manager Bobby Beathard and the uncle of San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard.

That Facebook account has also shared messages of support for President Trump and criticism of football players’ protests of racial injustice during the national anthem. Earlier in September, the account shared a message that asked people to “Pray for our president,” and it included an image with the message, “Babies Lives Matter Also.”

The Redbirds don’t have a game until February; the Missouri Valley Football Conference postponed football until spring because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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