On Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced a roster move and downgraded two injured players to out for Sunday’s Week 4 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The roster move — which elevates rookie cornerback Dicaprio Bootle from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game — was announced through the team’s official Twitter account.
We have activated the following Practice Squad player via Standard Elevation:— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 2, 2021
DB Dicaprio Bootle pic.twitter.com/FAb8t1fww3
Earlier in the week, the team had protected Bootle on the practice squad, blocking any other team from signing him before Sunday. As an elevated player, Bootle will automatically be returned to the practice squad roster after the game.
Shortly afterward, friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest reported that cornerback Charvarius Ward (quad) and defensive end Frank Clark (hamstring) — both of whom had been listed as questionable for the game on Friday’s final injury report — had been downgraded to out.
Check that, Chiefs then announced that Ward and DE Frank Clark have been downgraded to out. Expect to see Bootle on Sunday. https://t.co/1MyUz1qyCl— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) October 2, 2021
So just like in Week 3’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, the team will be without Ward and Clark — two of its starting defenders. In addition, cornerback Rashad Fenton (concussion) had already been declared out for the game — which explains the need to elevate Bootle to the active roster. As Derrick noted, we can expect the rookie to see some snaps on Sunday.