The Kansas City Chiefs were forced to release LB Justin Cole on Wednesday to make room on the active roster for CB Mike Richardson. He wasn’t gone for long, as the team announced Friday Cole was added to the practice squad.
He spent the first 11 games of the season on Kansas City’s 53-man roster after originally joining the Chiefs as a rookie free agent earlier this year.
The Chino Hills, California native played in 49 games (42 starts) at San Jose State, producing 193 tackles (84 solo), 30.5 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed. The Chiefs released LB Eric Bakhtiari from the practice squad on Friday.
We suggested on Wednesday that Cole was a safe bet to find a spot on the practice squad. He is more experienced than your normal rookie after spending five years at San Jose State, which gives him a leg up on a lot of younger players. After sticking all year on an improving team, I’m kind of surprised a team like Buffalo didn’t try to take a flier on the kid and see if he’s ready to play.
Once the Kansas City secondary heals, don’t be shocked if Cole quickly finds his way back to the 53-man roster.
Bakhtiari took the practice squad slot opened up by Ricky Price’s promotion on on November 18th. He’s already bounced around to six teams so it can’t come as a surprise to see him be the first to go.