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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs are rallying around long snapper James Winchester, whose father Michael was killed by a former Southwest Airlines employee outside an Oklahoma City airport.Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that Winchester, who like his father played college football at Oklahoma, had returned to the state to be with his family. Reid was not certain whether the younger Winchester would be back for Sundays game against Tampa Bay.Tragic incident. Sick, to be honest with you, Reid said Wednesday morning, one day after the shooting took place. Hes where he needs to be, and when he comes back, he comes back. But right now is his time to be with his family. Our hearts and prayer go out to him.Oklahoma City police said Michael Winchester was leaving work for the day Tuesday when he was shot to death near an employee parking lot. The attack appeared to be in retaliation for circumstances that led to the gunman, Lloyd Dean Buie, leaving his job with the airline last year. Buie was later found dead in his pickup truck.Its not something you ever expect to happen or think will happen in your wildest dreams, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. I think everybody is feeling for James and his family. Just a very, very crazy thing, to see it out there on media and things like that.Smith called the locker room a special place where the younger Winchester will be welcomed back with open arms. Many current Chiefs have dealt with other tragedies over the years, notably the murder-suicide of linebacker Jovan Belcher that took place just outside the practice facility in December 2012.James is such a caring teammate, thoughtful teammate, a guy that would sacrifice for his team, Smith said, so youre feeling for him. You dont always know what to do or say, but you just try to be there for him as you work through this. Its hard.Michael Winchester was a punter on the Sooners 1985 national championship team, and his son followed in his footsteps by playing in Norman. His sister, Carolyn, played on the womens basketball team and another sister, Rebecca, was a rower for the Sooners.James Winchester earned the long snapper job in Kansas City last season, and fought off a challenge for it in training camp. If he does not return by Sunday, tight end Travis Kelce or fullback Anthony Sherman would handle his duties against the Buccaneers.You have to give him privacy, but were here, said Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, who spends more time with Winchester than any other player, and who has spoken to him since the shooting.Hes in a good place right now. Theres forgiveness in his breath, Colquitt said. Hes a great teammate, a great guy and hell be ready to roll. He just has to take care of business right now.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Redskins Jerseys . 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The first step to playing well in a bowl game is a desire to be there, and I sense that in our unit and our team.Shoop has endured a difficult season in his first year at Tennessee after successful stints as a coordinator at Vanderbilt (2011-13) and Penn State (2014-15). Each of his last five teams had ranked in the top 25 in total defense, but Tennessee ranks 109th out of 128 FBS programs in that category.Injuries decimated a Tennessee defense that entered the season with high hopes, though Nebraska is taking nothing for granted. Nebraskas offense has its own issues, as quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.s hamstring injury leaves his status uncertain for the bowl game.I think their struggles came from injuries, Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said. Theyre getting guys back. They look good to me. Theyve got some really talented players.Tennessee lost linebackers Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Quarte Sapp as well as tackles Kahlil McKenzie and Shy Tuttle plus safety Evan Berry to season-ending injuries. Reeves-Maybin, the Volunteers leading tackler in 2015, played just four games this year.Cornerback Cam Sutton missed six regular-season games and linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. has appeared in only seven games. Injuries forced Tennessee to use 10 different starting combinations in the secondary.To watch our style of play from the beginning of the season to the end of the season, it almost looks like two different teams, Shoop said.Tennessees vulnerability on defense became particularly evident the last three games of the regular seasonn.ddddddddddddKentucky fell 49-36 to Tennessee despite rushing for 443 yards, three shy of the Wildcats 65-year-old school single-game record. In a 63-37 loss to the Vols , Missouri gained 740 total yards, the highest single-game total ever allowed by Tennessee. Vanderbilt beat Tennessee 45-34 by posting its highest single-game point total against an SEC opponent since 1971.As he discussed the defenses struggles over the last three games, Shoop said that I own those. Those are on me.Confidence and momentum are powerful things, and I think at some point maybe in the Kentucky or Missouri game we lost a little bit of confidence, Shoop said. I think we were a little worn down.Shoop noted that Tennessee still won two of those games but acknowledged the Vanderbilt performance leaves a sour taste in your mouth, theres no question about that.Tennessee has responded by adjusting its bowl practice approach to address the tackling problems that have hurt this defense.Were going to do more tackling than we ever have in terms of bowl preparation, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said. Its a balancing act because you want to be fresh for the bowl game too, but when you look at bowl games as bowl season starts, its usually dictated by special teams, by turnovers and by tackling. The last couple of bowl games weve won, weve excelled in those areas.Tennessees players see the bowl game as an opportunity to make up for the mistakes they made during the regular season.Every day we come out there, were trying to be better at run defense, pass defense and just be a complete defense, which we kind of failed to do the past few games, defensive end Corey Vereen said.NOTE: Tennessee freshman defensive end Mykelle McDaniel isnt practicing with the team leading up to the bowl game as a disciplinary measure. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Ryan Robinson said McDaniel is expected to rejoin the team at the start of the spring semester. 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