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Chiefs activate Mecole Hardman, make 3 other roster moves ahead of Bengals’ matchup

Hardman could help fill the void left in Kadarius Toney’s second straight absence.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have activated wide receiver Mecole Hardman to the 53-man roster, the team announced via its official X account on Saturday afternoon. Kansas City also disclosed three other roster moves ahead of their Sunday matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hardman had been on injured reserve since mid-November after he suffered a thumb injury during the Chiefs’ 21-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on “Monday Night Football.” The wide receiver had surgery to repair his thumb and has now practiced with the Chiefs for the last two weeks. He will look to fill the void left by Kadarius Toney’s second straight absence.

To make room for Hardman, Kansas City waived defensive tackle Matt Dickerson. With a need for a defensive tackle, the Chiefs elevated practiced squad veteran Mike Pennel, who will thus make his third straight appearance. Pennel has registered three tackles during the two games he played.

With running backs Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire both questionable, Kansas City has also elevated Keaontay Ingram for the game. NFL Network reported that Pacheco cleared the concussion protocol on Saturday and is expected to play. Running back Jerick McKinnon remains on injured reserve. La’Mical Perine should be available.

As elevated players, Ingram and Pennel will automatically be returned to Kansas City’s practice squad on Monday.

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