The Chiefs released running back Bishop Sankey on Tuesday, just three weeks after they signed him off New England’s practice squad.
The Chiefs added Sankey, a third-year pro, after Spencer Ware was concussed against Indianapolis and Jamaal Charles missed that game because of lingering knee pain.
Charles was eventually placed on injured reserve and Ware missed the next game, a 19-14 win over Jacksonville, but the Chiefs re-signed running back Knile Davis a day before the game and Sankey was inactive.
Ware logged 17 carries in the Chiefs’ latest game, a 19-17 loss to Tampa Bay, but the Chiefs still decided to release Sankey even though Ware’s backup, Charcandrick West, was forced to leave the Bucs game early due to concussion protocol.
That leaves Ware and Davis as the only healthy backs on the Chiefs’ roster heading into their Sunday night showdown against Denver, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid has gone into a few games this year with only two healthy backs, since receivers Tyreek Hill and De’Anthony Thomas could fill in there in a pinch.
It is currently unclear who will replace Sankey on the 53-man roster.
The Chiefs worked out a pair of long snappers on Saturday — Clint Gresham and Thomas Gafford, who snapped for the Chiefs from 2008 to 2014.
The Chiefs’ current long snapper, James Winchester, missed practice last week to tend to his family following the murder of his father. However, he returned to Kansas City on Saturday following the funeral and snapped in the Chiefs’ loss to Tampa Bay.