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Chiefs make a flurry of roster moves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs officially ended the season for linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito by placing them on the injured reserve list. Each ruptured an Achilles tendon in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans.

The Chiefs replaced them on the active roster by signing veteran defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson and promoting linebacker Jerry Franklin from the practice squad.

The Chiefs also reinstated suspended wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to the active roster, which will allow him to practice this week and play in Sunday's game against the Broncos in Denver. To clear roster room, the Chiefs released rookie safety Daniel Sorensen.

Finally, the Chiefs added five players to their practice squad while releasing four. The most noteworthy of those moves is the addition of defensive tackle Jerel Worthy. He was once a second-round draft pick of Green Bay when Chiefs general manager John Dorsey worked for the Packers.

My thoughts on these moves:

  • It's interesting the Chiefs promoted from their practice squad Franklin instead of another inside linebacker, Nico Johnson. If it wasn't evident already, the Chiefs made clear what they think of Johnson, their fourth-round draft pick last year. Just this year they signed Joe Mays, Josh Mauga and now Franklin to play instead of Johnson.

  • The Chiefs gave up on Sorensen quickly, after just one regular-season game. It wouldn't be surprising to see Sorensen eventually join their practice squad, assuming he clears waivers.

  • Dorsey likes to churn the practice squad in order to get a look at a lot of different developmental players, so these moves weren't surprising.