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Chiefs make two Saturday transactions

Safety Armani Watts is heading to the PUP list while defensive end Malik Herring has been added to the non-football injury list.

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The Kansas City Chiefs made two Saturday transactions, according to the NFL’s official transaction report.

First, safety Armani Watts has been added to the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The PUP list is for players who cannot take part in training camp practices due to injuries suffered while with the club. Players can be moved off the PUP list to the active roster at any time before the start of the regular season. If Watts were to remain on the PUP list after the 53-man roster cut on August 31, he would have to miss the first six weeks of the season.

Until head coach Andy Reid said that Watts had what he called a “foot fracture” injury on Friday, we didn’t know about it. He had been reported to be absent from all voluntary team activities for which reporters were present — and then was absent from the team’s mandatory minicamp. It now appears that these absences were due to his injury.

Watts has been with the Chiefs for three seasons, first joining the team as a fourth-round pick (124th overall) out of Texas A&M in 2018. He appeared in 16 2020 games — mainly as a special-teams player.

Next, Chiefs defensive end Malik Herring was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list, which was to be expected. Herring tore his ACL during Senior Bowl practices and had to have surgery in early February. The injury is still considered under the umbrella of non-football since it did not happen during his time with the Chiefs. It is likely safe to look at 2021 as a “redshirt year” of sorts for Herring, who should compete to make the club in next year’s training camp.

Herring was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia after the 2021 NFL Draft.

Both of these moves are active designations (Watts and Herring still count toward the 90-man roster), so the Chiefs will still need to make another move to officially complete their signing of defensive end Alex Okafor.