With the Chiefs’ depth at outside linebacker thinning due to injuries, the club allowed Dadi Nicolas to return to practice Wednesday.
The Chiefs now have three weeks to let Nicolas, who was on the physically-unable-to-perform list, practice before either elevating him to the 53-man roster or placing him on injured reserve.
Nicolas, 25, was a sixth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2016 who could potentially help the depth at a position where Tamba Hali (knee) and Dee Ford (back) each missed practice Wednesday due to injuries.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Nicolas impressed coaches and observers throughout the preseason last year with his quick first step and natural pass-rush ability. He played in 11 games in 2016.
Nicolas also appeared on 43 special-teams snaps before rupturing his patellar tendon in the Chiefs’ regular-season finale last season against the Chargers.
The Chiefs waived tackle Donald Hawkins on Wednesday.
Hawkins was placed on injured reserve at the 53-man roster deadline in early September with a concussion.