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Surprise! Chiefs place OL Jordan Devey and LB Terrance Smith on IR

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The Chiefs announced a series of roster moves on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Kansas City Chiefs announced a series of surprise roster moves on Tuesday afternoon, via their official Twitter account.

Offensive lineman Jordan Devey, who started for the Chiefs at right guard and then center, the past two weeks, respectively, heads to injured reserve. Linebacker Terrance Smith, who injured his knee against the Bengals, is also headed to injured reserve. Devey has a pec injury, per old friend BJ Kissel of Chiefs dot com.

The Chiefs can call two players back from injured reserve each season, and we know one of those players will be safety Daniel Sorensen, so the seasons of Devey and Smith are all but over. This isn’t guaranteed but I expect we hear from Chiefs head athletic trainer (and vice president) Rick Burkholder on Wednesday prior to Andy Reid’s media availability.

With Devey being a starter along the offensive line, this makes last week’s signing of Jeff Allen all the more important.

Because Mitch Morse is still in the concussion protocol, I anticipate Allen to be plugged right into the lineup, either at left guard, with Cameron Erving moving back to center (where Erving worked out this offseason), or at center, with Erving staying put.

Offensive lineman James Murray and tight end Deon Yelder have been called up from the practice squad to the active roster.

The Chiefs have also signed offensive tackle Pace Murphy, a 2016 undrafted free agent out of Northwestern State, and (California) linebacker Raymond Davidson, who spent training camp with the Chiefs but did not make the initial 53-man roster, to the practice squad.