The Chiefs have re-signed running back C.J. Spiller, sources told The Star.
This is the fifth time Spiller has joined the Chiefs this year. He was released four other times, with the latest coming in late October, shortly after he two received two touches in 12 snaps in a 31-30 loss to the Raiders, gaining zero yards on two carries.
Spiller is likely viewed as insurance to a banged-up running back corps. Charcandrick West missed the Chiefs’ 27-24 win over Denver on Sunday in the regular-season finale because of the flu, while backup Akeem Hunt has battled shoulder and ankle injuries over the past week. Spiller could also factor into the return game, as kick returner De’Anthony Thomas was carted off the field Sunday because of a leg fracture.
Hunt and Thomas were placed on injured reserve Tuesday, and the Chiefs also added receiver Marcus Kemp from the practice squad to fill out the 53-man roster. Kemp, a rookie from Hawaii, logged eight snaps in one game this year and did not record a catch.
To take Kemp’s spot on the practice squad, the Chiefs signed receiver Daniel Braverman, a seventh-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2016. Braverman spent most of last year on the Bears’ practice squad, though he was on the 53-man roster for three games. The 5-foot-10, 177-pounder is known to do his best work in the slot, where he can take advantage of his route running, which is a decided strength according to NFL.com.
The Chiefs will play host to Tennessee in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs at 3:35 p.m. Saturday.