Chiefs Release Neiko Thorpe, Sign Bryan Mattison

Just three days after the Kansas City Chiefs signed DB Neiko Thorpe from the practice squad and released C Bryan Mattison, the team reversed the move, bringing back the veteran in favor of the undrafted free agent.

With three defensive backs on the injury report last week, the Chiefs badly needed some depth on the gameday roster, forcing the move to call up Thorpe. Despite having been on the practice squad hours earlier, Thorpe was active against the Baltimore Ravens.

Mattison was first signed by Kansas City two weeks ago after starting center Rodney Hudson landed on injured reserve with a broken bone in his foot. He was inactive for his only game with the Chiefs and returns to give head coach Romeo Crennel enough bodies to practice with on the offensive line.

The Chiefs didn’t fill Thorpe’s spot on the practice squad over the last three days, so expect the safety to head back to where he was the first four games of the season.

It also wouldn’t be a surprise if this move was repeated before the Chiefs leave for Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. Over the first few weeks of the season, Kansas City had WR Junior Hemingway and OL Rich Ranglin were swapping spots on the practice squad until fellow-practice squad player OL Luke Patterson was placed on the PS injured list, leaving a spot for both players.

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