On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs promoted G Ryan Hunter from the practice squad to the active roster to fill the spot of rookie S Juan Thornhill, who the team placed on injured reserve. Today the team made a few more additions to the roster.
Kansas City has added RB Mike Weber to the practice squad to replace the spot voided by Hunter yesterday. He will join third-year RB Elijah McGuire as the second back on the 10-man developmental roster.
The 22-year-old running back was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (No. 218 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. The team released the decorated Ohio State product right before the start of the regular season, but later signed him to their practice squad for the remainder of the season.
In 2016, Weber immediately replaced current Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott as the Buckeyes starting running back. The pick used by the Cowboys to select Weber last April was acquired in a draft-day trade that ultimately landed the pick used by the Oakland Raiders to select standout WR Hunter Renfrow.
Chiefs Sign Anthony Lanier to Future Contract
In addition to the Weber signing, the Chiefs also signed DE Anthony Lanier to a reserve future contract on Wednesday. The 6’6,” 285-pound lineman was most recently on the Los Angeles Chargers practice squad in 2018. Lanier originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins. The 26-year-old has played in 15 career games (all with Washington) and compiled 14 total tackles, 5.0 sacks, six pass deflections, and a forced fumble.
According to Sports Illustrated, Laner “doesn’t count against the current roster limits and cannot play or practice with the team.”
First Injury Report Released
Kansas City released the first injury report of the week on Wednesday and a couple of notable names made the list. All-Pro TE Travis Kelce was a limited participant due to a knee injury while veteran CB Morris Claiborne was the only Chiefs player not to practice. Also listed were DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (neck), C Austin Reiter (wrist) and G Andrew Wylie (ankle), but all three were able to practice in full.
For the Houston Texans, OLB Jacob Martin was the lone player to miss practice while eight others were limited on Wednesday. Among them were WRs Will Fuller (groin) and Kenny Stills (knee), DE J.J. Watt (shoulder), and CB Jonathan Joseph (hamstring). The health and effectiveness of Fuller remains the biggest wild card for Sunday’s AFC Divisional matchup. The speedy deep threat missed the Texans’ win over the Buffalo Bills last weekend, but is trending in the right direction to play on Sunday.
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