With a big AFC West showdown on Monday against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs made a few roster moves, including placing one of their best offensive weapons on injured reserve.
Suddenly, the flu bug sweeping the Chief’s locker room is taking a back seat to the injury bug. On Sunday, Kansas City placed running back Jerrick McKinnon on injured reserve. He wasn’t going to play Monday against the Raiders. He had been battling a groin injury, and even though he played well last Sunday at New England, he didn’t practice this week.
This is a massive blow to the Chiefs offense. McKinnon is their gadget back; he can do almost anything when called upon. Kansas City placed running back La’Mical Perine on the 53-man roster to replace McKinnon. Perine was a solid contributor in the preseason. His snaps were few, but now he must be more involved in the offense.
McKinnon will be eligible to return to the Chiefs at the Divisional Round, should the Chiefs advance that far in the NFL Super Bowl tournament.
In addition to Perine, the Chiefs announced they have elevated Wide Receiver Montrell Washington and Defensive Tackle Mike Pennel from the practice squad.
Kansas City will also be without Wide Receiver Skyy Moore, who was placed on injured reserve, and both Mecole Hardman and Kadarius Toney will miss the Christmas Day game with injuries. It’s the wrong time of the year for the injury bug to hit the Chiefs, but with playoff seeding on the line, none of their AFC foes will feel sorry for the Super Bowl champs.
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