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Chiefs waive WR Gehrig Dieter

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Dieter’s release could be a move to make room for Spencer Ware — or perhaps another running back.

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According to the official NFL transactions report for Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs have waived wide receiver Gehrig Dieter.

Since we also learned on Tuesday that the Chiefs could be talking to Spencer Ware — or perhaps another running back — about returning to the team, Dieter’s release might be about making room for another player on the active roster.

Dieter was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster just over two weeks ago — on the day the Chiefs played the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City. In that game and the next, he totaled of five offensive snaps — plus 17 more on special teams.

After suffering chronic back spasms through much of training camp, Dieter was placed on injured reserve just before the season began — and was thought to be done for the season. But a week later, the Chiefs waived him with an injury settlement. After clearing waivers, that made Dieter a free agent who was free to sign with any club once he was healthy enough to play again.

The Chiefs then signed Dieter to their practice squad on October 15.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2017, Dieter spent his first NFL season on the Chiefs practice squad. He landed there again in 2018, and was elevated to the active roster for the last part of the season.

Through all of this, Dieter has been targeted just three times in six regular-season games — and has had one reception for 22 yards. He also had a reception for 11 yards in the 2018 playoffs.