MEXICO CITY (AP) – The NFL has apologized for an “unacceptable” tweet with three smiley emojis that likened the Kansas City Chiefs’ big victory over the New England Patriots to a deadly earthquake that shook Mexico.
The tweet came from the league’s official NFL Mexico account after the Chiefs upset the Super Bowl champions 42-27 in the season opener Thursday night.
The game ended about a half-hour before the earthquake, which killed at least 32 people. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.1, hit the southern coast of Mexico. Authorities say it was the strongest in Mexico in a half-century.
The tweet from the (at)nflmx account said in Spanish: “When Mexico City shakes with an (hash)earthquake because it can’t believe the (at)Chiefs won the (hash)Kickoff2017 game.”
The since-deleted tweet received wide criticism online. The NFL Mexico account later apologized for the “unacceptable tweet from yesterday, which doesn’t reflect the league’s values. We reiterate our solidarity with Mexico.”
The NFL is one of the most popular sports in Mexico, where the Raiders will play a regular-season game in November for a second consecutive season.
Around the league
METAIRIE, La. (AP) – Saints coach Sean Payton says long snapper Jon Dorenbos has a “serious” heart condition that will require surgery.
Payton, who spoke about Dorenbos on a media conference call Friday morning, says Saints physician John Amoss discovered he long-snapper’s aortic aneurysm during a physical examination and “basically saved his life.”
Dorenbos, who was entering his 15th NFL season, was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia before the New Orleans’ final preseason game.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – Defensive end Ziggy Ansah is one of three Detroit players listed as questionable for the Lions’ season opener against Arizona on Sunday.
Ansah has been dealing with knee problems and did not come off the physically unable to perform list until after the team had finished its preseason schedule. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay and tackle Corey Robinson are also listed as questionable because of ankle and foot issues.
Detroit will be without tackle Taylor Decker, who went on the reserve/PUP list last weekend, and suspended defensive linemen Armonty Bryant and Khyri Thornton. Defensive lineman Kerry Hyder went on injured reserve after an Achilles tendon injury in the first preseason game.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Odell Beckham Jr. has been listed as questionable for the New York Giants’ season opener against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday night.
Questionable in NFL terminology is a 50-50 chance to play.
Beckham has not practiced since spraining his left ankle on Aug. 21 in a preseason game against Cleveland. He stretched with teammates before practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but worked with trainers during the practices.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs safety Eric Berry ruptured his left Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s victory in New England and the three-time All-Pro will miss the remainder of the season.
Berry was hurt while covering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on a passing route. He hobbled at the end of the play and sat on the turf, and it took a cart to remove him from the field.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid suspected after the game that it was an Achilles injury, and he said Friday that an MRI exam confirmed the diagnosis.
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