The Kansas City Chiefs needed to clear 15 roster spots by 6pm EST to get down to the league maximum of 53. They did that by releasing 13 and placing 2 on injured reserve, the team announced.
DT Garrett Brown, T Colin Brown, DT Dion Gales, OL/DL Bobby Greenwood, G Darryl Harris, LB David Herron, DT Derek Lokey, S DaJuan Morgan, QB Tyler Palko, S Ricky Price, WR Verran Tucker, LB Pierre Walters and RB Javarris Williams.
Placed on IR:
DB Maurice Leggett and WR Jerheme Urban.
The names that jump out immediately are Leggett and Urban.
We saw Leggett carted off the field with a neck injury, but were told that he would be back “sooner rather than later”. To me, being placed on season-ending IR is most definitely “later”.
In Urban’s case, when was he hurt? I don’t ever remember seeing him limping around the field, so it’s obviously surprising to see him end up on injured reserve. The Chiefs receivers are suddenly one of the least experienced groups on the team. Once you get past Chris Chambers and Dwayne Bowe, Quinten Lawrence is in his second year and both Dexter McCluster and Jeremy Horne are rookies. Terrence Copper is a veteran, but is almost strictly a special teamer.
After surviving all of 2009 on the active roster, it’s somewhat surprising that Walters was cut. More shocking is that the Chiefs are holding onto 10 linebackers and he still didn’t make the cut. Undrafted free agents Justin Cole and Cory Greenwood came out of nowhere to make the final (for now) roster. I liked Cole’s chances early, but didn’t see anything spectacular from him during the preseason and figured he was a likely cut.
Colin Brown was a guy that looked like he would get a chance to stick when Ike Ndukwe was released, but instead Todd Haley and Scott Pioli have decided to go with only 8 offensive linemen for now. Expect that number to go up by at least one between now and next Monday night.
The Chiefs have also decided to only go with 6 defensive linemen with Lokey as the odd man out. After seeing him on the field with the offense for both of the touchdowns on Thursday night, it appeared he would stick as well.
As Haley and Pioli look through the cuts from around the league, keep an eye out for a handful of more moves over the next couple of days.