So the Kansas City Chiefs do have a new linebacker and his name is Justin Rogers. The club should formally announce that move soon.
And Jackie Battle is off the active roster.
Key word being active: The Chiefs placed Battle on injured reserve today ending his season. The injury reportedly has to do with his shoulder and it's "likely" he'll require surgery according to Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com.
It's a strange sequence of events. Battle was apparently healthy enough to be active against the Cowboys (Dantrell Savage was inactive). He even logged some time on special teams. He wasn't injured in that game that I'm aware of. 72 hours later and he's on injured reserve.
This is the third injury-related move that's made me go 'Huh?'
Let's rewind a bit.
On August 7th, the Chiefs formally signed Tyson Jackson and sent out a press releasing announcing that LB Weston Dacus was released to make room for him. Except...At the end of training camp, he was placed back on the roster under injured reserve. No explanation for this move. We assume because he had missed the two days prior to his release with an injury that the Chiefs couldn't cut him.
On the final cut down to the 53 man roster in September, rookie lineman Colin Brown was placed on IR. He had participated in everything up to that day and that move was a surprise even to some of those inside Arrowhead.
It's amazing how little we really know about this Chiefs team.
Battle was mainly a special teamer so Rogers should be able to step right in and fill that role.