We placed the following players on Injured Reserve:— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 9, 2018
G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
DB Armani Watts
We signed free agent LB Frank Zombo.
We moved LB Robert McCray to Practice Squad; Injured. pic.twitter.com/ZtkGwbA4vX
We had plenty of indication that starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was headed to injured reserve, but rookie safety Armani Watts to injured reserve is a surprise.
Watts left the Chiefs’ game against the Jaguars Sunday with a groin injury, and it appears it was more serious than we all first thought.
Each NFL team is allowed to have two players return from injured reserve, and based upon the Chiefs’ recent comments on Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, along with previous comments of general manager Brett Veach, those two players should be Duvernay-Tardif and safety Daniel Sorensen.
Our in-house injury expert Aaron Borgmann will remind you rehab has to go well for that to be the case, but it’s something to keep in mind moving forward. Any player not named Duvernay-Tardif or Sorensen that heads to IR, like Watts, is probably done for the year from here on out.
Outside linebacker Frank Zombo is back, which makes plenty of sense. Zombo spent 2013-2017 with the Chiefs before being cut at the 53-man roster deadline earlier this season. He is familiar with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s system.
With Watts injured, the Chiefs’ final safety on the roster, Jordan Lucas, played quite a bit on Sunday against Jacksonville. It seemed like a minor signing last week, but newcomer and ex-Bengal Josh Shaw will be in the mix now at safety. We also found out Tuesday Shaw could get a crack at his old team with the Sunday night surround.
Of course, there is still hope this guy named Eric Berry could play this year. That would be nice.