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Chiefs put Deandre Baker on IR, re-sign familiar face to practice squad

Kansas City made Marcus Kemp’s re-signing official — and also re-signed quarterback Jordan Ta’amu to the practice squad.

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According to reports from the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, the Kansas City Chiefs made several practice squad moves on Tuesday — starting with placing cornerback Deandre Baker on injured reserve.

Baker broke the femur of his left leg during the Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, so this was not an unexpected move. With any luck, he’ll be ready to play by the beginning of the 2021 regular season.

Wilson also reported the release of practice squad defensive tackle Tyler Clark.

The former Georgia defensive lineman had been signed to the team’s practice squad on December 29.

These moves made room for two practice squad re-signings.

We had already reported wide receiver Marcus Kemp’s imminent re-signing. Kemp has been a key special teams player the Chiefs will be happy to have back for the postseason run, in which practice squad elevations will be unlimited.

Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu is another familiar face. While he didn’t make the Chiefs’ active roster after being signed from the XFL in March, he was on the Kansas City practice squad until the end of October. The Detroit Lions signed him to their practice squad in mid-December. Now that the Lions’ season has ended, the Chiefs have brought Ta’amu back.

Kansas City now has the maximum of 16 players on their practice squad. The active roster now stands at 52 players.