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Rounding up Chiefs’ roster notes leading into Wednesday

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The Kansas City Chiefs made several roster moves on Monday and Tuesday as they worked out of the COVID-19 outbreak that saw them handicapped against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Reserve/COVID-19 restorations and expectations

On Monday, the Chiefs activated offensive lineman Kyle Long to the 53-man roster from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he is expected to rejoin the team when practice resumes on Wednesday.

As a reminder, tight end linebacker Nick Bolton, tight end Travis Kelce and offensive lineman Lucas Niang were placed back on the 53-man roster on Saturday. Though they were unable to pass through COVID-19 protocols, the expectation is that they will also return to the field on Wednesday.

Wide receivers Gehrig Dieter and Daurice Fountain have returned to the practice squad after being on the squad’s Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Call-up returns

Defensive backs Dicaprio Bootle and Josh Jackson and tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart — active for the Chiefs’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers — have reverted to the practice squad. The Chiefs gave Bootle a practice squad protection on Tuesday, which makes sense. He led the Chiefs with eight tackles against the Steelers.


On Tuesday, the Chiefs waived replacement kicker Elliot Fry and released replacement punter Johnny Townsend from his practice squad contract. The team also terminated the practice squad contracts of offensive lineman Paul Adams and wide receiver Dalton Schoen. On Monday, the team released punter Joseph Charlton.

Remaining on COVID-19 list

At the time of this writing, cornerback Rashad Fenton, safety Armani Watts, placekicker Harrison Butker and punter Tommy Townsend remain on the Chiefs’ Reserve/COVID-19 list — although the team saying goodbye to Fry (and the elder Townsend) indicate that the team’s regular placekicker and punter will be back this week.

The NFL and players association’s new COVID-19 agreement suggests that Butker can return immediately — even though he is unvaccinated — so long as he meets specific criteria.

His placement on the Reserve/COVID-19 list occurred on December 20.

Two other Chiefs remain on the Reserve/COVID-19 list: practice squad linebacker Darius Harris and reserve offensive lineman Mike Remmers — who would otherwise be on the team’s Reserve/Injured list.

After all of these moves, the Chiefs now have 48 players on the active roster and 14 on the practice squad.

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