It came as a surprise when the Chiefs made their final cuts and Jerheme Urban was a part of them. He wasn’t cut, but rather sent to season-ending injured reserve. Urban told the Victoria Advocate that he tore a tendon in his right ring finger while blocking during last Thursday’s game. The resulting surgery will keep him out 10-12 weeks.
“It’s part of the game,” Urban said. “Fortunately there’s no pain. I’m just going to get it fixed and do what I can to help some of the younger guys get ready.”
Urban signed with the Chiefs as a free agent in March after spending the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
Urban had one catch for seven yards during the preseason.
“Hopefully, I’m a fast healer,” Urban said, “and I can begin training by late November or early December.”
Urban’s trip to injured reserve was the biggest — and really only — shocker of the Chiefs cuts. It was assumed that Urban would step into the slot and allow Kansas City to use Dexter McCluster liberally in the backfield and on special teams. Now it looks like McCluster will get the majority of the action when the Chiefs go to three wide receivers.
The bright side here is that the Chiefs know they have a serviceable veteran coming in “new” next year without the transition period that free agents have to go through.