The Kansas City Chiefs have released their seven inactives for Sunday’s matchup at Arrowhead Stadium against the San Diego Chargers. Headlining the list is starting defensive end Glenn Dorsey and running back Peyton Hillis.
TE Kevin Boss, DE Glenn Dorsey, RB Peyton Hillis, S Kendrick Lewis, OL Bryan Mattison, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Devon Wylie
Dorsey had played in all three games this season and practiced at the beginning of the week, but his calf injury shelved him by the end of the week. His absence will put more pressure on Ropati Pitoitua and Allen Bailey as they not only backup Tyson Jackson, but fill in the gap left by Dorsey.
The Chiefs defensive line will miss Dorsey, but will get a boost from the season debut of NT Anthony Toribio. He’s been kept on the sidelines by an ankle injury that forced first-round pick Dontari Poe into the starting lineup. The help inside will allow Romeo Crennel to better control the number of snaps Poe gets, something that is always a concern with a rookie defensive lineman.
Hillis hurt his ankle while trying to make a catch out of the backfield last week against the Saints. He wasn’t able to practice this week and was “doubtful” heading into Sunday.
In addition to Dorsey and Hillis, the other new name to the Chiefs inactive list is center Bryan Mattison, who signed this week to add depth after starting center Rodney Hudson was placed on injured reserve.
One big surprise is a name that isn’t on the inactive list: WR Dexter McCluster. The shifty McCluster suffered an ugly elbow injury when he tried to balance himself after a catch in New Orleans last Sunday. When his elbow bent the wrong way, it looked like it could be an injury that kept him out long term, but instead he’ll be right back out there for a Chiefs offense still looking for answers in the passing game.