The Kansas City Chiefs have tweaked their roster hours before they take on the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium. They have promoted defensive back Neiko Thorpe from the practice squad and released recently signed center Bryan Mattison.
Thorpe was with the Chiefs in training camp and made it all the way to the final cuts. He was immediately placed on the practice squad, where he has been all season.
Mattison was signed 10 days ago after starting center Rodney Hudson was moved to injured reserve with a broken bone in his foot. He was inactive for his only game as a Chief, this past Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
With Ryan Lilja proving to be a capable starter at center in place of Hudson and veteran OL Russ Hochstein — also added 10 days ago — able to backup all three interior spots on the offensive line, Mattison was expendable.
Since the team made this move so close to kickoff, it’s not a stretch to assume Thorpe is needed Sunday against the Ravens. The Chiefs currently have three defensive backs on their injury report, leaving little depth in the secondary.