The Kansas City Chiefs have made their corresponding move to go along with their addition of Evin Ksiezarczyk to the 90-man roster — and it will be a disappointing one to diehard Chiefs fans. The Chiefs have placed wide receiver Justyn Ross on injured reserve, ending his well-hyped rookie season before it could begin.
The Chiefs also said they have signed offensive tackle David Steinmetz, so another corresponding roster move should be coming soon.
We have signed T David Steinmetz & T Evin Ksiezarczyk.— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) July 25, 2022
We have placed WR Justyn Ross on IR. pic.twitter.com/eHsmbJ75Bq
The idea that the 22-year-old Ross could land on injured reserve became a realistic possibility on Friday, after Chiefs head coach Andy Reid revealed the wide receiver had to have corrective surgery stemming from a procedure on his foot back in November.
“It was a little bit off of the surgery he had before — it wasn’t functioning quite the way [he wanted],” said Reid. “It was bothering him. It wasn’t working quite the way he wanted it, so they went in and re-did it — and we’re hoping this works out well.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Justyn Ross had foot surgery to correct surgery that happened in late November 2021. This photo (IG: will_finley6) had been circulating in recent weeks.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) July 22, 2022
"It's going to take time [to heal]," Reid said. pic.twitter.com/oB8qLAQ0R1
So the Ross storyline shifts to the 2023 season, when he will be another year removed from his 2020 spinal fusion procedure. He will have had a full 365 days in the Chiefs building to recover from foot surgery and get back to 100% health — while taking mental reps with the Chiefs offense.
“It is going to take time,” said Reid. “It’s going to take time.”