Game plan with Terez Paylor: Chargers at Chiefs, Saturday night edition
The Chiefs placed starting center Mitch Morse on injured reserve Friday due to a foot injury, the club announced, ending his 2017 season.
Cornerback Keith Reaser has been elevated from the practice squad to take Morse’s spot on the 53-man roster.
Morse, 25, had his third professional season derailed by the injury, which he suffered during the Chiefs’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2.
Morse missed the next five games before returning to face Denver on Oct. 30. He started four more games after that but continued battling the injury before he was carted off in the Chiefs’ 38-31 loss to the New York Jets on Dec. 3.
Morse went on to miss the Chiefs’ win over Oakland last Sunday, with fourth-year pro Zach Fulton starting in his place. Fulton has a significant amount of experience at center for the Chiefs, playing the position multiple times since 2015.
Now Reaser, 26, takes Morse’s spot on the roster. The 6-foot, 190-pounder played collegiately at Florida Atlantic. He was on the active roster for 28 games with the San Francisco 49ers from 2015 to 2016, recording 34 tackles and five pass deflections.
He also has some special teams experience.
Practice squad moves
The Chiefs signed linebacker Tyrone Holmes, guard Kaleb Johnson and guard Dillon Gordon to the practice squad this week.
The Chiefs released defensive tackle Rickey Hatley from the practice squad to make some room on the roster, and guard Damien Mama was signed off their practice squad by the New York Giants.
Safety Leon McQuay III also created a spot when he was elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to replace safety Steven Terrell, who was placed on injured reserve.
The Chiefs worked out a handful of players this week, including guard Blake Muir, linebacker Jayrone Elliott, safety Kelcie McCray and tackle Storm Norton.
McCray, 29, spent the 2014 season with the Chiefs, recording 11 tackles in 16 games on the 53-man roster. He was traded the next season for a fifth-round pick to Seattle, where he recorded 76 tackles and three pass deflections from 2015 to 2016.
The fifth-round pick the Chiefs acquired turned into former Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan, who was released after his first training camp with the Chiefs. Hogan now plays for the Cleveland Browns, where he’s completed 46 of 75 passes (61.3 percent) for 517 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions this season.