In what has become all too familiar to the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans, the team has lost a player to a torn ACL. TE Martin Rucker, in his first season with the Chiefs, was hurt last week but wanted a second opinion before opting for surgery.
The team confirmed on Wednesday the former Missouri star will have the operation on his knee and be moved to injured reserve. Rucker was hoping to hold onto an NFL job for the first time since Week 8 of last season when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Rucker originally entered the league as a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2008 and played under Romeo Crennel. He also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
Placing Rucker on IR brings the Chiefs roster to 89, one short of the league maximum. GM Scott Pioli could hold onto that flexibility leading up to training camp or he could lock up someone like LB Brian Banks, who worked out in Kansas City on Tuesday.