Chiefs Add 3rd QB; Make Two Other Roster Moves

For the first time this season, the Kansas City Chiefs will have three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster for a game when they travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers.  The team announced they have promoted Tyler Palko from the practice squad.

To complete the roster move, the Chiefs placed CB Jackie Bates on injured reserve with a knee injury.  Bates was injured in the second half of Kansas City’s win over Seattle two Sunday’s ago while making his first career start in place of an injured Brandon Flowers.  Veteran CB Mike Richardson was added to the roster last week to provide depth in the secondary.

To fill Palko’s space on the practice squad, the Chiefs signed LB Micah Johnson.  A rookie free agent out of Kentucky, Johnson was originally signed by N.Y. Giants, but attended the 2010 training camp with the Dolphins.  Johnson played in Miami’s season opener against Buffalo before heading to the Dolphins practice squad.  He was released from the Dolphins practice squad on December 1st.

This one is a bit confusing.

A team that prides itself on having as much flexibility and versatility on their roster decides to fill an empty roster spot with a position in which the backup has yet to see a snap this season?  I have no doubt that Palko knows the offense from his time with the team in training camp and during the regular season on the practice squad, but don’t understand the point of having him up as the inactive third QB for the rest of the season.

Unless Brodie Croyle is nursing an injury — which would be a shock even by his standards since he hasn’t done anything other than hold a clipboard this season — this move really doesn’t make any sense at all.

Even though Matt Cassel missed practice today, Palko was able to fill in from his position on the PS.

How is this team not better off promoting a guy like Justin Cole or Pierre Walters who have spent time on the active roster and can help on special teams if needed or even a veteran off the street?

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