The Kansas City Chiefs have done the expected and placed Jamaal Charles on injured reserve after he tore his ACL last weekend against the Detroit Lions. Taking Charles’ spot on the roster is practice squad WR Jeremy Horne. To fill Horne’s spot on the PS, the Chiefs signed OL Lucas Patterson.
Replacing Charles with Horne leaves the Chiefs with just four running backs available for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers and raises more questions about when rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin will be ready to play.
Baldwin, out since injuring his thumb in a fight with Thomas Jones in the preseason, has yet to fully participate in practice. It’s looking more and more like the team made a mistake by leaving him on the active roster instead of placing him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and giving themselves some roster flexibility.
A trip to the PUP list would have kept Baldwin out of the Chiefs first six games, but considering he’s going to end up missing at least the first three it’s looking like that would have been the better course of action.
Horne stuck with the Chiefs last season out of training camp as an undrafted free agent and appeared in three games before moving to the practice squad in favor of WR Verran Tucker.
Patterson has already been all over the practice squad-released shuttle a couple of times since being cut at the end of the preseason. The undrafted free agent from Texas A&M is attempting to make the transition from defensive to offensive line.