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Report: Chiefs to release Damien Williams

One of the heroes of Super Bowl LIV will no longer be with Kansas City when the 2021 season begins.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are releasing Damien Williams, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Williams, 28, caught on with the Chiefs during the 2018 offseason, initially serving a backup role behind Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware before taking a piece of the lead role during the 2019 season. Unable to consistently stay healthy during the regular season, Williams did most of his damage for the Chiefs during the 2018 and 2019 postseasons, when in five games, he compiled 81 rushes for 355 yards and six rushing touchdowns, as well as 21 catches for 185 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

Williams drew some consideration for the Super Bowl LIV Most Valuable Player, as he rushed 17 times for 104 yards, caught four passes for 29 yards and scored two touchdowns in the game. Williams opted out of the 2020 season in part to take care of his sick mother.

Left at running back on the Chiefs roster are Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and Derrick Gore. The Chiefs saved $2.25 million against their 2021 cap by releasing Damien.