The Kansas City Chiefs made a minor roster move ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals by placing TE Jake O’Connell on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
O’Connell has spent four seasons with the Chiefs after being selected in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. Along with Tyson Jackson and Ryan Succop, he makes up all that is left of the Kansas City draft class that season.
Taking O’Connell’s spot on the roster is offensive lineman Rich Ranglin, who was promoted from the practice squad.. He completes a very unique road to the NFL. Ranglin went undrafted out of Scott Pioli’s alma mater Central Connecticut State in 2007, but made his name in professional football in the AFL.
Ranglin was signed as a free agent in May and while he didn’t make the Chiefs out of training camp or their initial practice squad, he was one of the first additions after the season started. The offensive lineman has since been released and re-signed to the practice squad several times as Kansas City has dealt with injuries up front.
With guard Jon Asamoah already ruled out for Sunday’s game and center Ryan Lilja questionable, Ranglin could find himself active on his first full day in the NFL.